Sergio Urribarri, Argentine ambassador to Israel, participated in a party in tel aviv. His presence was recorded in a video that went viral on social media, in which he is seen dancing without a chinstrap and joking: “Tomorrow, everyone with Covid.” From their surroundings, they assure that the celebration was authorized.
The images show the former governor of Entre Ríos moving to the rhythm of the music, between guests and entertainers. They spread quickly on social networks, where he received multiple reviews.
Users accused him of participating in a “clandestine party” and of not respecting the coronavirus distancing protocols. Also they punished him for the phrase that was recorded in the video. “Tomorrow, everyone with Covid,” he jokes in the ear of another guest.
However, from their environment they denied the accusations and clarified that it was an authorized party in the context of the pandemic situation in Israel, one of the most advanced countries in vaccination and with the lowest numbers of infections.
Sergio Urribarri, together with Foreign Minister Felipe Solá.
“The video is in Tel Aviv, some days ago, at the wedding of a boy son of a entrerriana family that Urribarri has known for many years, “they told Clarion the relatives of the official.
“These people invited him and his wife and they went to the party, which took place at that very special moment in Israel, with the end of restrictions“, they explained.
And they remarked: “It was an authorized family party.”
When asked about the particular phrase that Urribarri is heard from his surroundings, they minimized it because it was a private act. “It is in a specific situation of a party. Not in his role as ambassador“they insisted.
A joke that in networks, takes another dimension.
Israel, between flexibility and alert
Israel, where Urribarri went posted in May 2020, is one of the most successful cases in the management of the coronavirus pandemic.
In just over three months it immunized more than half of its population. At the moment more than 85% of its 9 million inhabitants completed the Covid vaccination scheme.
Israel is one of the most advanced countries in vaccination against Covid. AFP photo
Faced with this advance, he was also one of the first countries to make flexible restrictions on movement. Since mid-April the Israelis have already they were not required to wear masks in open areas.
In mid-June, meanwhile, he took another step towards normality, by lifting the obligation to wear a chinstrap indoors. The restriction was only maintained in some specific spaces, such as on airplanes.
In the last two weeks, the country registered just a death. But he also experienced a lslight upturn in cases of coronavirus, which forced to review the flexibilizations of the protocols.
By case, the authorities reported 343 new infections this Monday.
Pride march in Tel Aviv, June 25. Some flexibilities, on the other hand, are under review. AFP photo
They award it to Delta variant advance, which first appeared in India and requires a new evaluation of the effectiveness of vaccines against this strain.
Given the rise in cases, the authorities analyze apply a third dose injection. And they had to backtrack with the easing, just a week after announcing the liberalization.
Now the mask is mandatory in all enclosed places, “except in the homes”, according to the Ministry of Health. And its use in large concentrations outdoors is recommended.
Urribarri’s party was indoors. He was not seen with a chinstrap.