After two rounds of meetings with the governors, which included a return to dialogue with the head of the Buenos Aires government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, and in which the epidemiological situation of each district was evaluated, Alberto Fernández yesterday finalized the details of his new plan for restrictions against the explosion of coronavirus cases.

For now, nothing is ruled out, but they agree that it is urgent to take some measure in the face of the eminent health collapse with an occupation of beds in intensive care greater than the first wave.

The governors endorse the President’s idea of ​​tightening the restrictions but want to maintain the autonomy to decide how to apply them in their provinces, although the request of the Nation is to go to a more severe stage of restrictions. Likewise, the total closure of the economy would not be on the agenda.

Consultations are against the clock. This Friday the DNU expires, which applied new restrictions throughout the country, mainly the Metropolitan Area of ​​Buenos Aires (AMBA), which restricted night traffic, limited family and social gatherings, among other measures. And today it could be announced how the new stage continues, which from many sectors such as the CGT and CTA, among other unions, are calling for a return to Isolation, Social, Preventive and Mandatory (ASPO), that is, a return to Phase 1 with strict suspension of circulation and activities.

The same is crying out for the governor of the province of Buenos Aires, Axel Kicillof, since the situation in the suburbs is already unsustainable for the health system. There are several municipalities with full occupancy of ICU beds. Some public hospitals and private clinics even house covid patients in the corridors.

In this sense, the biggest news of the day was Rodríguez Larreta’s confirmation to the Government that it will abide by the new measures to further restrict mobility in the AMBA in order to contain the impact of the second wave of coronavirus. In addition, it has already agreed with the Minister of National Security, Sabina Frediric, that it will tighten controls in CABA.

According to sources, it was agreed to close 25 accesses, increase checkpoints, close subway entrances and more control of traffic at night.

Last night, Alberto Fernández told the governors that there will be tougher restrictions and asked them to tighten controls. “It is clear that there is an epicenter in the AMBA, but there are also alerts in various parts of the country,” said Fernández.

For the President, the key to fighting the virus is to reduce circulation. “You not only have to take care of yourself at night, you have to take care of yourself during the day: the virus does not come out at 20,” he said, and asked for the support of the governors to enforce current and future limitations.

More danger

Alert for Manaus

The Brazilian P1 variant of the coronavirus (Manaus strain) could be between 1.7 and 2.4 times more transmissible and capable of evading the immunity obtained by infection with other strains, according to a study using a model to study the situation in that city in Brazil during the second wave late last year.

“Exhausted”

The Durand Hospital nurse and coordinator of the Buenos Aires Hospital Group, Héctor Ortiz, warned that “health workers are exhausted,” confirmed that seven stretcher-bearers were infected, and warned that the 12 acute hospitals in the City of Buenos Aires are “overflowing”.

Bariloche, no classes

The governor of Río Negro, Arabela Carreras, announced yesterday strong restrictions on traffic in the cities of San Carlos de Bariloche and Dina Huapi, including the suspension of face-to-face classes at all levels. The measures are effective as of today and until May 13, inclusive.

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