In Argentina, the term “quarantine” or “quarantine” appears constantly. The term was used as a joke to describe the living conditions of Argentines who have endured a strict and unbroken blockade for more than five months. Argentina is the country with the longest continuous bloc in the world. However, the joke became regretful when the blockade that had been going on since March 2020 shook the economic, social and psychological life of Argentine society. The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (or AMBA), the capital of Argentina, is home to nearly 40% of the country’s population and the economic heart of Argentina. This is also where the worst spread of the coronavirus occurs, experiencing a “lasting” blockage.
Lowest Death Rate
Based on data as of August 25, 2020, there are more than 350,000 people infected with the corona virus in Argentina, including in the top 15 countries with the most cases. However, the death toll was less than 7,300, much lower than Brazil, Chile, Colombia and many other European neighbors. In Italy, for example, the country was blocked for almost three months, the number of cases of corona virus infection reached 260,298 cases, less than Argentina. But the death toll in Italy is much higher, at 35,000 people, or five times that of Argentina. Argentina is very similar to the Philippines: a Southeast Asian country that has been stranded for four months and recorded fewer than 200,000 cases and 3,000 deaths. The blocking rules in Argentina are very strict. AMBA zone residents are only allowed to leave the house for shopping, groceries and access to the nearest services.
Recreational & Entertainment Events Are All Closed and Prohibited
Therefore, public transport is provided only for essential workers or those with special permits. Anyone using a car without a SIM will have their license revoked. Individual outdoor sports, such as running, have only been permitted recently, namely since last June, and are only allowed at certain times. The age group most affected are children: since March, the government has only allowed children living in the AMBA zone to leave the house to accompany their parents to make basic purchases. The rest stayed at home. Argentine authorities say the measures taken have prevented thousands of deaths from Covid-19. The government also pointed out that 90% of infections in Argentina occur in the AMBA zone. Argentina’s death rate is 13.6 deaths per 100,000 population, much lower than many countries in Latin America and other countries in the world. Currently Argentina is one of the countries with the most additional cases in the world in one day.
Argentina Faces Economy and “Mental” Crisis Because Of The Lockdown
Although it is difficult to quantify the economic damage caused by the blockade, in reality Argentina has experienced a deeper economic recession since the 2001-2002 crisis. Before the pandemic, the country was already experiencing a second year of recession. Today, the lockdown has forced hundreds of thousands of nonessential businesses to close and has even threatened to close their doors. Hundreds of thousands of Argentines lost their incomes and jobs. The current health crisis is occurring in other areas due to economic breakdowns and impeding regulations. There are concerns that while restrictions have helped contain the Coronavirus, they pose other health problems. A report released by the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) found that more than half of the population had not engaged in health activities such as sports since entering quarantine. According to the Argentine Nutrition Society (SAN), six out of 10 people gain weight, even though more than 60% are already overweight. Fear of contracting the coronavirus, restrictions on the use of public transportation and the cancellation of medical visits due to strict isolation are among the factors that explain why thousands of Argentines have not seen a doctor since last March.