Argentine authorities announced that the ongoing nationwide quarantine, set to expire on Sunday, April 12, will be extended through Sunday, April 26. The associated restrictive measures, designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), will therefore remain in place. During the quarantine, all individuals will be required to remain at home unless going out to purchase basic goods. Bakeries, supermarkets, pharmacies, public and private hospitals, and service stations will be allowed to operate. On Friday, April 10, the government announced several modifications to the measures, including the reopening of banks on Monday, April 13. Police officers will be deployed to enforce the quarantine. Borders were closed to all non-residents on Sunday, March 15, and all flights from Europe and the US were suspended for at least 30 days from Tuesday, March 17.
Authorities are requiring the use of face masks for those residing in La Rioja, Jujuy, Santiago del Estero, Salta, Misiones, Catamarca, Chaco, and Buenos Aires provinces. Lack of compliance may result in a fine of 1000 Argentine pesos in some provinces (USD 15.40).
As of Friday, April 10, there are 1975 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, including 82 deaths and 375 recoveries. Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.
Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.
Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:
- Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.