ARGENTINA IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS AS IT FACES 2ND COVID WAVE
The Argentinian government on Wednesday announced new restrictions, including a night-time curfew, as the country experienced a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
The new measures will be effective from Friday and will last for three weeks, said Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez, himself currently in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.
Among the measures will be a curfew between midnight and 6 am and the closure of bars and restaurants after 11 pm.
Only family will be allowed to gather in private homes, outdoor gatherings of more than 20 people will no longer be allowed and bingo halls, clubs and casinos will be closed. Only workers in essential sectors will be allowed to travel on local public transport.
These restrictions will apply to residents of Buenos Aires and the surrounding suburbs as well as the metropolitan areas of Cordoba, Mendoza, Tucuman, San Juan and Rosario, affecting a total of about 26 of the 45 million Argentines. In the other regions, the governors should make arrangements to reduce the risk of virus transmission.