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ARGENTINA | 12-03-2020 16:04

Kicillof on coronavirus: 'Resisting self-isolation is very irresponsible'

In response to the WHO declaring the Covid-19 outbreak a "pandemic," Buenos Aires Province governor calls for "caution, prevention and calm."

Buenos Aires Province Governor Axel Kicillof has appealed for Argentines to act responsibly in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

His comments comes as the government ordered those who return to Argentina from countries with the virus should go into self-quarantine for 14 days, in a bid to halt the spread of the infectious disease.

In an interview with the C5N news channel, Kicillof said that those who “do not comply with [self-]isolation,” in the face of possibly having contracted the virus, are “irresponsible.”

He recommended “precaution, prevention, and to remain calm” in the face of the crisis

The provincial leader warned that the spread of the disease “affects all areas of the government,” and that officials would grant “14 days of leave to those who are considered a risk population.”

In addition, he stressed that all Argentine cases to date were “imported [via] contagion that comes from risk areas.” 

“Caution, prevention and keeping calm are very important,” Kicillof he repeated.

The provincial leader also addressed the investment of 1.7 billion pesos provided by the National Health Ministry to aid in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. 

So far, Buenos Aires Province has confirmed four positive cases of the virus that the World Health Organisation has already described as a “pandemic.” 

Travel Decree

The government of Alberto Fernández has finalised a decree that stipulates restrictions on the entry of foreign tourists from the countries most affected by the coronavirus. 

In addition, according to the Noticias Argentinas agency, those who enter the country and do not comply with a 14-day quarantine –– which will be mandatory for both Argentines and foreigners –– would potentially be prosecuted. 

The signing of the decree that establishes a mandatory quarantine was announced this Monday morning, but throughout the day restrictions were added to the text. In this way, foreign tourists arriving in the country must present a sanitary visa and comply with the 14-day isolation. 

In turn, between the ministries of Health, Tourism, and Transport and the representatives of those airlines that have flights that have flights to and from Argentina, they must comply with a protocol with certain safety precautions.



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