The Government announced that from today it will expand to 1,700 the number of Argentines and residents that it will allow to enter the country per day, which represents an increase compared to the thousand people per day that it allows to enter since the end of July, to delay the arrival of the variant Covid-19 Delta.
The Executive had limited, between June 28 and July 9, to 600 people per day the maximum entry quota for Argentines and residents in the country, which generated unrest in the airlines and among those stranded abroad.
From then on, the figure gradually improved to a total of 7,000 people who could enter Argentina by air between July 31 and August 6.
The Ministry of Health reported in a statement that now the weekly quota will be 11,900 places for Argentines and residents from today until September 6. And he foresaw that the weekly quota will rise to 16,100 places if new safe corridors are enabled.
Meanwhile, the entry of foreign tourists is still prohibited and land borders remain closed.
For travelers, the obligation to take a test will continue to be able to take the plane to Argentina; another on arrival in the country and a third on the seventh day of entry. In addition, they must be isolated for 10 days, counted from the testing carried out in the country of origin.
The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, highlighted in a press conference that “less than 100 cases” have been identified in the country of the Delta variant and that “it is not the predominant variant in Argentina.”
The Government has applied an epidemiological traffic light since the beginning of May to determine the restrictions to be adopted to face the coronavirus pandemic.
Vizzotti indicated that the indicators to be considered will be modified to advance with restrictions, when moving on to observe if the inter-weekly percentage variation in the occupation of intensive care beds by Covid-19 patients exceeds 20 percent and if the total bed occupation of intensive therapy is greater than 80 percent.
Meanwhile, he indicated that in the face of an epidemiological alarm situation in an urban conglomerate, measures limited to nine days are foreseen in relation to the decrease in capacity and massive events continue to be suspended.
President Alberto Fernández had anticipated that he is preparing a gradual exit from the restrictions still in force in the country to curb the coronavirus pandemic, which will include the return of the public to events and the enabling of international tourism.
According to Vizzotti, the Government is working on “the gradual recovery of activities” in “three stages.”
As detailed, the first stage will be in force until October 1 and is called “protection in progress”, since the Government aims to complete the vaccination scheme in as many people as possible.
Argentina, with a population of about 45 million inhabitants, has applied 33.8 million doses of the vaccine, but only 7.98 million have been vaccinated with the two doses.
The second stage plans to increase the capacity in closed places, allow open-air meetings without a limit of people and mass events first to 30 percent until reaching 60 percent. Also, group trips for the elderly are considered with the complete vaccination scheme.
And at this stage, a progressive opening of the borders is foreseen so that Argentina can receive vaccinated foreigners, first from neighboring countries.
Stage three would be the total recovery of the activity. To reach this stage, the minister said that work is being done to vaccinate non-prioritized adolescents in September and October.