Shortly after confirming the extension of compulsory isolation, with the announcement of President Alberto Fernández, Argentina is on its way to becoming the country with the longest quarantine in the world, with an extension of 80 days.
So far, there are 65 days of quarantine, which was decreed on March 20, and if, as everything seems to indicate, the term would extend until June 8, that would mean 80 days of confinement. With these figures, the country would be located above Wuhan, the city where the pandemic began, which served 76 days of quarantine.
Many other countries also issued quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus, albeit with varying degrees of demands and restrictions.
ItalyFor example, he maintained strict confinement between March 9 and May 4. Were 56 days, after which they began to lift some restrictions. First, the return of productive activities was allowed. Two weeks later, on May 17, it was the turn of the reopening of bars, restaurants and hairdressers, with the consequent hygiene measures and required social distance. While, the gyms and pools will open this Monday, and the cinemas and theaters will return only in mid-June. If this schedule is respected, by this date 98 days will have passed since the beginning of the quarantine.
SpainFor its part, it sanctioned the national quarantine on March 14, due to the high number of positive cases of coronavirus, which stretched until May 48, reaching a total of 51 days. Although from that date the so-called “de-escalation phase” began, much of the country remains in quarantine, until at least June 7.
While China, the epicenter of the coronavirus, was the first to implement isolation measures in Hubei province. A national measure was not ordered, but one located in the region. It ran from January 23 to April 8. Even after the quarantine of 76 days, China did not return to absolute normality.
In countries like the United States and Brazil, it is more difficult to measure the extent of confinement because no measures have been taken at the federal level, but rather the response to the crisis fell to the governors and mayors. Both Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro have been reluctant at the idea of a national blockade. The Brazilian president has even staged marches against isolation.
Thus, Joao Doria, the Governor of Sao Paulo, one of the most affected districts, ordered a quarantine on March 24 to contain the uncontrolled advance of the virus, which will last until the 31 of this month, which would add up 67 days of confinement.
Meanwhile in NY A similar situation exists, given that Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the closure of businesses and citizens to remain in homes on March 22. While some areas of the state gradually reopened starting last week, the Big Apple will remain closed until at least June 13, which would add up to 83 days confinement. However, it is a more nominal quarantine because people can move freely.
In ArgentinaStrict isolation at the national level stretched from March 20 to April 13. Date Phase 2 began, the administered isolation phase, which lasted until April 26. From there, Phase 3, the geographical segmentation phase, was entered. On May 10, Phase 4 began, a progressive reopening call. Until arriving at this Saturday, where the start of the Phase 5, call of new normality, which would stretch from May 24 to June 8.
It should be borne in mind that not the whole country is in the same phase. The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA), made up of the CABA and the municipalities of Greater Buenos Aires, is still in Phase 3, since it is the region where most of those infected are concentrated.
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