Latin America has started the year with new quarantines to try to curb the significant upturn in cases, while vaccination advances slowly in some countries.
Argentina: crowded beaches and clandestine parties
But how to fight against the virus when the population forgets the minimum precautions? In Argentina, concern grows over the images of crowded beaches and the multiplication of clandestine parties. On the beach of Pinamar, the police had to intervene over the weekend to disperse the crowd of young people gathered without any kind of precaution.
With the arrival of the austral summer, many Argentines have forgotten the prudence. The result is that contagions grow back after weeks of decline. The authorities are considering imposing a “sanitary curfew” in the Buenos Aires province. At the moment, immunization is summarized at 300,000 doses with the Russian Sputnik vaccine.
Mexico approves the AstraZeneca vaccine
Mexico approved on Monday a second vaccine for emergency use, that of Oxford AstraZeneca, which the Government expects to start supplying to the population from March.
“The Mexican Government has contracted 77.4 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine”, explained the Undersecretary of Health, López-Gatell.
However, the virus does not seem to intend to wait for vaccines to arrive and infections are growing again in a very worrying way in some countries.
Colombia, Panama and Venezuela once again confine
Colombia, in the middle of the second wave of the pandemic, has confined until October 18 2 and a half million inhabitants of the three largest localities in Bogotá, where the occupation in intensive care units already exceeds 77%.
Panama, which suffers a vertiginous upturn in cases, also confines the most populated and affected areas by the pandemic, as well as Venezuela, which has issued a new “radical quarantine” order. The restrictions in Venezuela respond to the so-called 7 + 7 system, already used between June and the end of November, which combines a closing week with another of permits for specific activities.
Peru imposes a 14-day quarantine on all who enter the country
PCR tests are mandatory to enter more and more countries. This is the case of Colombia and also of Peru, which also imposes a 14-day quarantine on all who enter the territory from Monday. A measure that surprised and angered some travelers.
“Quite a topic says a woman indignantly. I come from Cancun. I have my molecular test that they did to me there, in Cancun, but here it has been quite an issue. I’ve been two hours at the airport. They have asked me for a sworn statement and there in Mexico we entered with nothing. “
Peru tightens measures forced by a very rapid outbreak of the coronavirus in some regions such as Lambayeque and Piura, where ICUs are already collapsed.