Nine of the 23 departments of Salta will enter confinement from the first hour of Sunday morning, to reduce the rate of contagion of coronavirus, as decided today by the Emergency Operational Committee (COE) of the neighboring province.

Until May 31 and then on the weekend of 5 and 6, the Capital, Metán, Cerrillos, Rosario de la Frontera, Cachi, Rosario de Lerma, La Candelaria, La Caldera and Chicoana districts, considered to be with the highest epidemiological risk, adhere to the decree of President Alberto Fernández and will enter into strict quarantine. The rest of the departments will continue with the circulation restrictions in force until today.

Although the president of the COE, Francisco Aguilar, pointed out that mortality fell 66% compared to last year, “the number of daily cases also shows that society has not yet learned to live with the virus,” he said. “We need all of society to reinforce prevention measures and respect current measures,” added the doctor.

In Salta, face-to-face classes will be suspended for three days (from May 26 to 28) in the nine departments in the risk zone, while in the rest of the province the presence in schools continues.

In those higher risk districts, circulation is only exempted for essential workers. The rest will only be able to do it to go to the allowed shops or for recreation near the home, during the authorized hours (from 06 to 18).

According to the Salta Minister of Public Health, Juan Jose Esteban, the health system continues to be responsive throughout the province. However, it notified public hospitals to suspend scheduled surgeries and it was suggested that the private sector do the same, in order to have greater availability of beds for patients with covid-19.

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