Continuous snowfalls have blanketed Argentine Patagonia provinces together with extremely low temperatures, in what is considered the worst winter since the nineties, according to the Argentinean Meteorological System. The meter-high snow is threatening agriculture, livestock and has interrupted traffic.
After 50 days in mandatory lockdown, Argentina's President Alberto Fernández announced on Friday that the quarantine will be extended until May 24th.
Argentina officially has 5.208 COVID 19 confirmed cases with a death toll of 273 since the pandemic broke out. However the country is suffering from even more acute disease infection, the mosquito-transmitted dengue, with some 25.000 confirmed cases, and of which 5.601 in the last three weeks.
Foreign minister Felipe Sola said Argentina is “not abandoning Mercosur, and did not leave any chair at the table”. Furthermore, this Thursday a round of ministerial talks will be taking place, requested by Paraguay, to keep analyzing the legal and institutional framework that some members pretend to speed a list of negotiations with other countries.
Honoring foreign debt will have to wait because given the coronavirus pandemic priority is now the health of the Argentines, said president Alberto Fernandez on Monday, adding he would not let local companies fire o declare workers redundant.
Mandatory quarantine measures that permit citizens to leave their homes only for essential reasons will remain in place in Argentina until April 12, President Alberto Fernandez announced on Sunday.