With the bill to administer the pandemic stuck in Congress, the president Alberto Fernandez is preparing to sign a new DNU to extend sanitary measures for four weeks. The decree will not show changes compared to number 287, which the head of state initialed on the 11th of last month and extended two weeks later.
During his trip to Tucumán to commemorate a new anniversary of Independence, the president will finish defining with the Chief of Cabinet Santiago Cafiero if the quota of 600 entrants per day to the country will remain unchanged. According to official sources assured Clarion, after going back and forth, there would already be a decision made: the quota would be increased proportionally week by week, depending on the progress of the pandemic. The measure, although it may not be immediate, will in any case be made more flexible with the authorization of commercial flights “of exception”.
“We are going to a progressive scheme and we will increase it proportionally, always with sanitary criteria, which is what is in order,” said the director of Migration, but without giving details. Florence Carignano, in statements to AM 990.
The DNU 287 it ordered the functioning of economic and social activities according to the classification of the epidemiological situation of each department of the country. Those districts in the country’s epidemiological alert zones will not be able to open bars and restaurants after 7:00 pm. In high-risk areas, such as the AMBA, they may, on the other hand, be able to open until 11:00 pm. Life will continue as it has been until now in most of the country. .
During a good part of the week, Executive ministers discussed whether it was convenient increase or maintain the 600 quota passengers per day to speed up return of the more than 14 thousand stranded. The Ministry of the Interior presented a more intransigent position compared to the positions of other Portfolios that demanded to raise the passenger floor without bringing it back to 2,000, prior to June 25.
Close to the President they insisted that the definition of the criteria that governs from an administrative decision of the Chief of Staff will be eminently sanitary.The objective is to delay as much as possible the arrival of the Delta variant -of which 8 cases have already been registered- while the vaccination schedule is completed and the application of second doses is accelerated. “We are not going to let 14 or 40 thousand Argentines (stranded) put 44 million in danger,” said an official with access to the presidential office.
Exceptionally authorized commercial flights will be enabled by “diplomatic reciprocity” or by “private airline requests” in order not to stop operating.
In the Interior – where they claim that, for the Government to make the quota more flexible, the governors should more exhaustively control the quarantines of those who return – they maintain – with their own surveys and controls – that since the issue was installed – and Migration controls began – effective compliance with the forty went from 60 to 81 percent in just one month.
In the portfolio that Wado de Pedro leads, they argued that power is discussed in all government discussions and possible countermarches. For this reason, raising the passenger quota from one day to the next became a victory or surrender of the Government. The solution would be intermediate.
The President met on Thursday afternoon with Cecilia Nicolini and Health Minister Carla Vizzotti to finalize details of the contracts with the US laboratories Pfizer, Janssen and Moderna. At the last minute, before leaving Casa Rosada, he recorded a videoconference with Bolivian President Luis Arce, which will be broadcast on July 12 to commemorate the day of the Argentine-Bolivian fellowship, on the birthday of Juana Azurduy.