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ARGENTINA | 09-07-2021 17:24

Government to extend Covid decree, retain 600-person cap on travellers

The government is set to decree the same restrictions against the coronavirus pandemic in order to keep its Delta variant at bay, including a daily entry cap of 600 Argentines coming from abroad.

The government is set to decree the same restrictions against the coronavirus pandemic in order to keep its Delta variant at bay, including a daily entry cap of 600 Argentines coming from abroad (in force since June 26), although the possibility of "exceptional flights" is contemplated.

A government source told Noticias Argentinas that the latter would be studied on a "case by case" basis, arguing: "Opening up flights for 40,000 people could infect all 44 million." Another government source argued that it was easier to enforce quarantine with less people travelling.

On Thursday the Health Ministry confirmed the entry of two new cases of the Delta variant into the country from Barcelona and Miami.

Pointing out that "the next few months will be crucial for advancing with the vaccination campaign," the government has decided to extend for four more weeks as from today the so-called “epidemiological traffic lights” first established by Decree 287/2021 published in the Official Gazette last May 1.

This divides the country into four zones consisting of low, medium and high epidemiological risk and of alarm. In the event of the latter a night curfew will be ordered and all social meetings and classroom education suspended. 

– TIMES/NA

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