In this context, the president told them that the focus will be on the restriction of the night, the limitation of public transport only for essential workers, the reduction of the capacity in restaurants and bars, as has been talking for days with the Nation and the city. “The province of Buenos Aires will accompany the decisions that the National Government takes in the next few hours,” he told them and explained that the concern is set in the explosive growth of cases since the provincial curve indicates that infections “double every ten days. ”
The strongest point of disagreement in the joint decision-making with the Nation and the City was the suspension schedule of the activities at night, since the provincial administration asked to suspend from 22 to 6 and the government of Horacio Rodríguez Larreta wanted it to be minimum starting at 00, due to the negative impact it would generate in the gastronomic sector. President Alberto Fernández split the differences and established that the activities close at 23.
The item on which Kicillof and Larreta do agree is to hold face-to-face classes in schools, despite the rise in cases and the objections of the unions. In the province, FEB and UDOCBA stated that there are already districts where attendance should be suspended due to the risk of increasing cases.
The province of Buenos Aires registered 11,059 cases today, the highest peak since the pandemic began. Kicillof said the growth rate is “higher than what we saw during the first wave and the rebound in January” that forced restrictions to be taken during the summer. As with every national decree, the province will then announce how it applies in its jurisdiction: in this case, Kicillof will lead a conference tomorrow at 9 o’clock to discuss the epidemiological situation and the prevention measures that defined its management.
The concern is centered on the 43 Buenos Aires municipalities that are listed as high epidemiological risk by the Ministry of Health of the Nation due to the number of cases they registered in the last two weeks. Since last year, the Kicillof government has been governed by its own phase system that allows or restricts activities according to its own health traffic light. Until last week, 110 municipalities were in phase 4, which are those that today already have nighttime restricted from 2 to 6 and social gatherings limited to 10 people, and the remaining 25 in Phase 5. Phase 3 is the more restrictive and during the whole summer it fell into disuse, but now it could return due to the increase in cases. The Chief of Staff has been working for several days to review the activities allowed in this phase, although today there was secrecy about what measures will be announced tomorrow.
“From the conversations with the committee of specialists, we identified that some of the causes are linked to the flexibility of protocols and care and the increase in mobility in public transport,” explained Kicillof, adding that “it can also be enhanced by the appearance of new strains of the virus that are more contagious, for which an effort is needed to avoid saturation of the health system “.
During the virtual meeting, Kicillof also sent a message to the mayors of the opposition after the statement from the national board of Together for Change rejecting future restrictions and asked to act “collectively.” Several of them, as in the case of La Plata and Olavarría, have already applied their own restrictions due to the risk of collapse and distanced themselves from the national position. “We are facing potential health problems and we have to work to avoid them, because if the health system collapses, urgent measures will have to be adopted later with fewer instruments,” said the governor, adding: “We know how important it is to also preserve economic and educational activity. That is why all municipalities, regardless of their political color, will have the full support of the Province. ”
In the end, the president considered that “the people of the province of Buenos Aires understand the seriousness of the situation. We need to act collectively, supporting care measures and accelerating the vaccination process at the same time.” Finally, the president considered that “the people of the province of Buenos Aires understand the seriousness of the situation. We need to act collectively, supporting care measures and accelerating the vaccination process at the same time.”