To combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Argentina, President Alberto Fernández declared a nine-day lockdown from May 22 to May 30.
On Twitter, Argentina President's office, the Casa Rosada (Pink House), stated about the extension of DNU 287/21 to decrease the transmission of COVID-19. Under the lockdown, supermarkets and vital businesses could remain open, but in-person educational lessons were being suspended.
Non-essential services, as well as social, religious, and sporting events, were banned. Restaurants could provide home delivery and pick-up services, and residents could leave their homes from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
In 2020, the country implemented one of the world's longest quarantines, which lasted from March to July. Even jogging and dog walking were prohibited at times. Early border closures were implemented, as well as a seven-month ban on commercial aircraft into the country.
Despite this, there have been 3.4 million cases reported and 73,000 deaths. The daily death rate hit a new domestic high of 745 persons in the third week of May, while intensive care units reached their maximum occupancy level since the pandemic began.
People were encouraged to contact the authorities if they saw their neighbors throwing parties or gathering.
Concerns about the effects on the informal workforce and impoverished households with an inadequate internet connection have led to the limitations being implemented for a short time. The president has committed to help businesses affected by the new regulations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.