New COVID-19 restrictions have been imposed in and round Buenos Aires in effort to stem latest rise in infections.
Argentina has obtained a cargo of 864,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX international vaccination programme, the federal government stated on Sunday, a day after demonstrations broke out in opposition to lockdown measures imposed within the Buenos Aires space.
The doses from the Netherlands come after Argentina obtained 218,000 jabs final month via COVAX, which goals to ensure lower-income nations have equitable access to much-needed vaccines.
The South American nation has administered 6.2 million jabs since its vaccine roll-out began in December of final yr, whereas round 800,000 individuals are thought of totally immunised after receiving two doses.
Argentines took to the streets on Saturday, nonetheless, to protest in opposition to new coronavirus-related restrictions in and across the capital, Buenos Aires, that got here into impact on Friday.
The brand new measures, which embrace an 8pm curfew, college closures and a ban on actions in indoor public areas, are anticipated to final via the tip of the month.
Waving Argentinian flags and shouting slogans in opposition to President Alberto Fernandez, many demonstrators raised opposition to a call to droop in-person education for 15 days, which comes into impact on Monday.
The restrictions have an effect on the capital and its peripheries, an space residence to fifteen million individuals.
Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, head of the town authorities, stated final week that Buenos Aires “completely disagree[s] with the choice of the nationwide authorities to shut faculties”.
“Yesterday, the nationwide authorities determined to interrupt the mechanism of dialogue and consensus that we had for greater than a yr,” Larreta stated throughout a information convention. “I need to be very clear: we weren’t consulted about any of the measures taken.”
Fernandez, the president, stated Argentina wanted to “achieve time” to deal with the surging pandemic.
“The virus is attacking us and is way from giving in,” he stated when he introduced the brand new curbs.
Final week, the Pan American Well being Group said instances of COVID-19 have been rising in Argentina, amongst different international locations in Latin America.
The latest surge in infections and hospitalisations has been spurred partly by the invention of latest, extra simply transmissible variants of the virus throughout the area, together with a strain first discovered in Brazil.
Argentina has reported greater than 2.67 million instances of COVID-19 and a minimum of 59,000 deaths, in response to knowledge from Johns Hopkins College.
However, some enterprise house owners stated they’d not abide by the brand new restrictions in Buenos Aires.
“The president does what he has to do. I don’t agree with these measures,” a 63-year-old bar proprietor named solely as Marcelo within the neighbourhood of Almagro instructed the Reuters information company. “Final yr was very robust.”
Argentina has seen a steep rise in poverty throughout the pandemic.
The Nationwide Institute of Statistics and Census stated earlier this month that about 12 million people in urban areas have been unable to afford a basket of primary meals or important providers within the second half of 2020.