Brazil confirms case of coronavirus; Argentina takes precautions
Argentina has begun implementing precautionary measures to fight the spread of coronavirus, after Brazil confirms Latin America's first case of the disease and the number of confirmed cases in Italy continues to grow.
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Fears of coronavirus are on the rise in South America after Argentina confirmed it was introducing new precautionary measures against the disease in light of a scare in El Calafate, while Brazil confirmed the first Latin American diagnosis of the virus in São Paulo on Wednesday.
An Italian tourist with suspicious symptoms sparked the activation of the Health Ministry's coronavirus protocol in the Santa Cruz Province city of El Calafate, though a first examination would indicate that the individual is not suffering from the condition.
The woman, who has now been diagnosed with adenovirus, is a part of a contingent made up of about 40 people. The Italian citizen was taken to the SAMIC Hospital in Calafate, while suffering from dry cough and fever.
In the wake of increasing cases of coronavirus in Italy, the Argentine Government began implementing greater controls on Tuesday to detect potential cases of the disease on flights from Italy. Ezeiza International Airport has also ramped up its precautionary measures.
Hours before measures were applied, Health Minister Ginés González García stated: “We are going to apply a different protocol to passengers who come from Italy. They will land on a different platform and there they will have different controls. They will also sign an affidavit saying that they have not felt any kind of symptoms.”
He confirmed later on Thursday that no-one had been diagnosed with the virus in Argentina.
Every week, 12 direct flights from Italy arrive at Ezeiza. An additional number of passengers arrive weekly from the same European destination via connections, particularly through Spain or Brazil.