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Argentina curtails leisure, public transport use after hitting new COVID-19 record

CoronavirusApr 07, 2021 07:15PM ET
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By Eliana Raszewski

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina tightened movement restrictions on Wednesday including curtailing the leisure industry and blocking nonessential workers from using public transport after the country hit a record number of COVID-19 infections as it struggles with a second wave of the virus.

President Alberto Fernandez announced a curfew between midnight and 6 a.m., the closure of bars and restaurants at 11 p.m. and the suspension of operations for casinos, bingo halls and nightclubs in areas of the country with the highest infection rates.

Sports in enclosed spaces with the participation of more than 10 people were also banned and in the Buenos Aires area, where cases have increased 53% in seven days, all but essential workers along with teachers and those with special authorisation are prohibited from using public transport.

Fernandez, who recently disclosed he had asymptomatic COVID-19, said he was seeking to strike a balance between protecting the health and the economic wellbeing of Argentines. He vowed to keep schools open "as much as possible."

The announcements come just months after Argentina eased open its battered economy following a lengthy lockdown last year.

Fernandez, 62, who has received two doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, tested positive for COVID-19 at the weekend.

He said his experience showed "how important the vaccine is" and pledged to "redouble" the country's inoculation campaign, despite concern over a continuing supply of doses.

By Tuesday, 4.5 million people had received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 699,598 people had received the two doses.

Argentina has so far recorded around 2.4 million coronavirus cases and 56,500 deaths, a Reuters tally of official data shows.

On Wednesday, it announced a new record of 22,039 confirmed cases, topping the previous day's record of 20,870 cases.

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Argentina curtails leisure, public transport use after hitting new COVID-19 record
 

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𝚑𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝘀𝘀𝘂𝗲? 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝗯𝘁𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝗶𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗳𝘂𝗹𝗹? 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁, 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁? 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘄𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲. 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗽𝗽 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘆𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗺𝘀. 𝚑𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗸:𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗯𝗮𝘀.𝗴𝗮
 
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