President Alberto Fernández said his government will build eight modular emergency hospitals to address the Covid-19 pandemic.
There are now 79 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country that have resulted in two deaths.
“Our priority is to strengthen the public health system to care for all Argentines in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,” Fernández said on his Twitter profile on Tuesday night.
There, the head of state announced the construction of “eight modular emergency hospitals," adding "we have to take advantage of every minute to be prepared.”
“You have to help us take care of yourself and take care of yours. We are going to work tirelessly to finish the projects quickly. Together we will take care of the health of those affected by the pandemic,” he urged.
The government ordered a national emergency in the face of the pandemic, closing the borders until the end of the month and suspending classes at all levels until March 31. In addition, it announced economic measures to help sectors affected by the pandemic, such as companies that had to temporarily shutter their doors, including cinemas, theatres, bars, and restaurants.
On Tuesday morning, Fernández admitted that there will be “a number of people who will inevitably get ill” in the country, but called to prevent “the virus from spreading very quickly, because when spikes occur –– in a week there could be thousands of cases –– the health system collapses.”
Economy Minister Martín Guzmán indicated that the budget for investment in public works will be increased by 100,000 million pesos.
The Health Ministry said that “at the moment, in Argentina the majority of cases are imported and local transmission is detected in close contact, with no evidence of community transmission. The country is still in the containment phase.”