Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced, yesterday (Thursday), after a meeting with regional governors, the imposition of a mandatory, large-scale quarantine in his country to limit the spread of the new Corona virus.
Under the decision, people will not be allowed to leave their homes until March 31, with the exception of going to nearby grocery stores and pharmacies. The decision excluded some professional groups who can go to work, namely: doctors, nurses and police officers, workers in the food, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries, workers in stores and pharmacies, and employees of logistical companies, according to what was reported by the German News Agency.
According to the advertisement, anyone found outside their home without cause can be prosecuted for crimes against public health. Police officers will patrol the streets and impose quarantines.
Fernandes explained that the goal is to slow the infection and prevent overloading the healthcare system.
There are currently 128 confirmed cases of Corona virus in Argentina. So far, three people have died. The government closed the borders earlier this week, suspended classes for two weeks, and urged people to stay home as much as possible.