Without great news in Greater La Plata and the Conurbano, but with some flexibilities in the interior, the isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic today begins to retrace the path of its fifteenth extension.
Among these openings, there is an especially important one: 233 days after the suspension of face-to-face classes (that distant March 16), starting this week a handful of districts with low epidemiological risk will reopen their schools to receive small groups of students (See page 16). While in the municipalities of Junín, Lincoln, Bragado, Gral. Viamonte, Rivadavia and Trenque Lauquen, the mayors agreed to remove the controls on routes.
“This change in strategy seeks to accompany the new authorizations of activities and the planned openings in medium and long distance transport, tourist activity as of December 1; and the advances that have been made to specify the return to classes in person in the Buenos Aires schools, ”as officially detailed.
After a virtual meeting and together with specialists in health matters, the mayors Pablo Petrecca (Junín), Salvador Serenal (Lincoln), Vicente Gatica (Bragado), Franco Flexas (General Viamonte), Javier Reynoso (Rivadavia) and Miguel Fernández (Trenque Lauquen ) agreed that “today, infections occur locally, which is why it is essential to advance in compliance with the protocols and practices that favor the care of each of the communities.”
In this sense, the mayors concluded that “we must learn to live with the virus”, while underlining the need to move “gradually” from the stage of isolation to the stage of social distancing.
In La Plata, as said, things will continue as they did yesterday, although community sources highlighted “the pedestrianization of shopping centers to expand the places of circulation” as another step towards the new normal, as well as “the extension of hours in the Republic of Children (from 8 to 18) and the reopening of the Ecological Park, places to enjoy the outdoors with social distancing and care against COVID-19 ”.
However, the Commune is waiting for sooner rather than later the Province to approve in the City’s schools the return to face-to-face classes so that students in the last grade of primary and secondary “can carry out non-school educational activities (such as education physical, artistic and recreation) in parks and squares ”. Also, it seeks that the governor, Axel Kicillof, gives his approval to the opening of theaters and cultural centers with reduced capacity.
Furthermore, taking into account that on Friday, when announcing the new stage of isolation, Kicillof acknowledged that in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires there has been “a slow, gradual and systematic decrease in positive cases of coronavirus for seven weeks, which it represents a reduction of 47 percent compared to the last week of August ”.
Similar has been the behavior of the virus in La Plata, which between October 17 and 23 reported 825 new infections, against the 1,577 that it registered in the last week of August, according to data provided by the Municipality and based on the Sala de Situation of the Buenos Aires Ministry of Health. The drop, at the end of these two months, has been 48 percent, a situation that for the mayor, Julio Garro, indicates that “the people of La Plata are doing things well”, although, the communal chief remarked, “there is nothing to celebrate, we must continue to take care of ourselves ”.
The sustained decrease in positives will depend on whether, starting next Monday, in Greater Buenos Aires and the Region, permits are released to enable the presence of clients in shopping centers, new outdoor sports, rehearsal rooms, cultural workshops and expansion of private construction, as announced last week by the Governor.
But, if the Greater La Plata and the Conurbano show a slow decline in cases of coronavirus, another is the song in the vast Buenos Aires pampas. “In the interior we have seen an opposite trend: in the last seven weeks the cases have increased, from 500 to 1,400 per day on average. For this reason, we will continue working with the system of phases that establishes which activities are allowed “, Kicillof said then, and warned that” as the epidemiological situation improves, we will be able to continue with a gradual and intermittent opening, always respecting strict protocols ” .