More controls at the borders, fewer flights and special monitoring of those arriving from abroad: the Government’s plan to prevent the circulation of the Delta variant

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Reinforce border controls, reduce flights Y carry out a special follow-up of each person who arrives in Argentina from the outside. That is the strategy of the Casa Rosada to try to prevent the Delta variant circulate in a community way throughout the country.

Within hours of extending the Decree of Necessity and Urgency (DNU) with the new restrictions to contain the second hello of coronavirus in the Casa Rosada they outline the plan that will seek to intensify the monitoring of all those who arrive in the country from abroad.

A recent report worried the authorities of the Casa Rosada. It is a document that indicates that 287 people They failed to comply with the mandatory quarantine after returning to Argentina from abroad. The writing states that 38% of the new entrants did not comply with the regulations. This situation indicates that if any of the passengers are carrying the Delta variant, they could be transmitting the virus locally. The National Migration Directorate denounced them for having breached articles 205 and 239 of the Penal Code.

In the Casa Rosada they took note of this situation and in recent days ordered greater control measures in the provinces. This is a special follow-up for all those who arrive from abroad. “This is a federal crime and those returning from abroad must understand their responsibility. and the risk implied for the rest of not complying with the protocols”, Said the director of Migrations Florencia Carignano. Although it is still in the analysis stage, it is not ruled out to reduce the daily number of people who will be allowed to enter the country.

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According to official data from the province of Buenos Aires to which he accessed Tuesday, June 15 to 23, various controls were carried out in Buenos Aires municipalities to verify the level of compliance with the strict quarantine of those who arrived from abroad. In Vicente López there was a 28% non-compliance; 40% in Almirante Brown; 69% in Morón; 33% in Quilmes; 54% in Bahía Blanca and 58% of infractions in Mar del Plata, among others.

In the controls carried out by the National Directorate of Migration in the City and eight provinces, it was found that four out of every 10 people who entered the country did not respect the norm.

The Government understands that the only way to prevent the community circulation of this strain is with tighter border controls and with a drop in the number of people entering the country from abroad. Meanwhile, the Casa Rosada will bet to continue with the vaccination plan to immunize as many people as possible in the middle of winter.

The numbers that worry the Government

Some projections show that if between four and eight people a day entered with the Delta variant, between the end of September and the beginning of October, Argentina would go through a third wave of coronavirus, a lot more devastating than the previous ones, due to the characteristics of this virus mutation. The possible control measures are in full analysis.

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In addition, the arrival of low temperatures that complicate outdoor activities is added. The Delta variant is the one of greatest concern for the havoc it caused in India and for what is happening in the United Kingdom, where there is already community circulation, despite the great progress in vaccination.

According to the latest SARS-COV-2 genomic surveillance report released by the Ministry of Health, from the analysis of 1077 samples in people without a history of travel to an international destination, it appears that throughout the country more than 90% correspond to variants of concern.

The one that predominates is Gamma (Manaos) with 41% and then the variant follows Lambda (Andina) with the 37% and the variant Alpha (British) with the 14%.

In addition, between January and June 14, 248 samples from travelers who entered the country and who had positive results were performed genomic sequencing. According to the results obtained, in 89 cases (35.9% of the total) found the Gamma variant, in travelers who entered from Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Paraguay.

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