One day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak as a global "pandemic," the Buenos Aires City Government has announced a host of preventative measures, including the suspension of all major shows and events, and large gatherings of individuals.
At a press conference, City Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta announced an immediate cancellation of all concerts and said spectators would not be allowed to attend sporting events in nation's capital. All City museums would be temporarily shuttered and all events that feature "a lot" of participants would be cancelled too, he added.
Rodríguez Larreta also said that Buenos Aires' tourism buses would no longer function, until the situation improves.
Two new cases of coronavirus were detected on Wednesday in Argentina, with the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases now totalling 21 people. To date, only one case of the infectious disease has resulted in death, which occurred last Saturday.
Rodríguez Larreta, flanked by his government's Health Minister, Fernán Quirós, confirmed that there are 12 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the City, all of whom had recently travelled to areas that have high incidences of the infectious disease. Another 140 people who were in contact with these patients are also being monitored, he added.
The City mayor maintained that, at the moment, "there is no social circulation of the virus" in the City – that is, people who became infected in the Buenos Aires area.
Due to the "critical health situation" generated by the coronavirus, the national government said it would regulate the price of alcohol hand sanitiser throughout the country, starting tomorrow, saying its price would go back to as it was on February 15, amid reports of price-gouging.
Prices may not be altered during a period of 90 calendar days, according to an official notice published on Thursday in the Official Gazette.