June 10, 20 - 11:45 am - LABS

In Argentina, Buenos Aires allows physical activity outdoors

In place since Monday, June 8, the city of Buenos Aires allowed its population to do physical activity outdoors, with social distance, from 8 pm to 8 am.

However, the Buenos Aires Minister of Security, Sergio Berni, harshly questioned the decision of the Buenos Aires head of government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, to ease mandatory national quarantine measures in the country’s capital. According to local newspaper La Nacion, the city recorded an overflow of runners in the parks of Buenos Aires as soon as the measure came into force, at dawn from Sunday to Monday.

After having reached a record of coronavirus cases on Tuesday with 1141 infected people, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández analyzed the situation of the pandemic, saying that due to the virus spread that has been recorded in these days, which is the highest since the beginning of social isolation, the country would have to go back to phase 1 of the mandatory quarantine.

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When I saw those who went out to run, I have immediately written to Horacio [Rodríguez Larreta, head of the Buenos Aires government] and said ‘this is wrong’.

Argentina’s president Alberto Fernández, according to La Nacion

Fernández stresses that the contamination peak, which was expected for May, “lingered” and that “perhaps the peak is occurring” in these days. “The problem is still not overcome. We have to move with great care and we run the risk of not knowing that we may be generating contagious situations”, he added, as La Nacion reported.

“When I saw those who went out to run, I have immediately written to Horacio [Rodríguez Larreta] and said ‘this is wrong,'” Fernández said, regarding his talk with the head of the Buenos Aires government. “Horacio told me that there were going to be ways to prevent that from happening. I have the impression that the distance improved because they made pedestrian streets,” said the president.

However, Fernández recognized that the new permission to do physical activity is an incentive to go out that increases the risk of contagion. “If I say that they can go out to a plaza and it fills up, the remaining question is whether the solution is to go back or put more places, that if I put them, it is an incentive for more people to run,” he pondered.