A man wears a muzzle walking in front of a closed cashier’s shop in central Buenos Aires on May 22, 2020. Photo: Augustin Marcarian – Reuters

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced the extension of mandatory public isolation in the capital, Buenos Aires, until June 7 after the city saw a steady increase in the number of cases of Coronavirus in recent days.

Fernandez said at a TV news conference that the authorities will tighten traffic restrictions between the capital and the province of Buenos Aires, the region with the second largest number of cases.

Commercial activity will also be curtailed in some of the city’s most populated neighborhoods and the use of public transportation. And it had allowed some stores to resume their activities under a previous extension of public isolation.

Argentina imposed public isolation on March 20 and was due to end on Sunday, although officials have eased restrictions in some areas of the country.

Argentina imposes a commercial flight ban until September 1 in one of the world‘s most stringent travel procedures during the pandemic.

Argentina recorded 704 new cases on Saturday, in one of the highest increases in the number of daily infections since the start of the pandemic. Government data showed that there were 11,353 cases of Argentina, mostly in Buenos Aires. The number of deaths reached 445 cases.

Prepared by Ahmed Sobhi Khalifa for the Arab Bulletin


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