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ARGENTINA | 10-04-2020 21:09

Government advisor on Covid-19 warns against breaking quarantine

“We have gotten through the first phase relatively well, but it’s super important that we don’t relax and that we comply with the public health measures” says a member of the government task force on the Coronavirus pandemic.

Gonzalo Camargo, the President of the Argentine Emergency Association (SAE) and member of the government taskforce on the coronavirus pandemic said on Friday, April 10, that people “have begun to break the quarantine a bit.”

He also warned that “the curve [of infections] will inevitably grow at some point and there will be more cases and deaths.”

Camargo’s warning came the same day that President Alberto Fernández announced a minimum two-week extension of the nationwide mandatory isolation. As the number of confirmed cases in Argentina approaches 2,000 and the death toll rises to 82, Camargo affirmed the importance of complying with mandatory isolation measures.

“The number of people on the street has increased, and they have begun to break quarantine a bit. We got through the first phase relatively well, but it is super important that we don’t relax and that we comply with public health measures” Camargo stated in the pre-conference call that experts held with the president on Friday. 

He continued: “There is no need to panic because the curve will inevitably grow at some point and we will have more cases and deaths, but the idea is to make [the curve] as flat as possible.”

In radio statements Camargo insisted that "the cases are expected to peak by the end of April” and acknowledged that "it is difficult to think of a calm ending in which not everyone will want to leave at the same time." 

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