Protests in Buenos Aires in rejection of Rodríguez Larreta’s decision to continue with face-to-face classes
MADRID, 24 Apr. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Argentina has marked its maximum number of deaths from coronavirus this Friday by lamenting 557 in the last day, while the debate continues over the presence of classes in Buenos Aires, where protests have been carried out against the Buenos Aires government to demand the closure of schools and the guarantee of distance education against the increase in infections.
The Argentine Ministry of Health has reported 61,176 deaths from COVID-19 since the health crisis broke out, which has left a total of 2,824,652 confirmed cases, 27,884 of them registered in the last 24 hours.
The country faces an increase in infections and mortality from the pandemic, which is also reflected in hospitals, where those admitted to critical units have increased to 4,805, with an occupation of 66.5 percent nationwide.
In the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA) the occupancy of these beds is higher, 76.2 percent, since it is the area most affected with, which has led the Government to impose measures for a week, among which is the suspension of face-to-face classes.
The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, has returned this Friday to defend the restriction, which is proposed until next Friday 30 with the aim of mitigating the pandemic, according to the Télam agency.
“When I made the decision not to continue with face-to-face classes, it was the result of having seen that the growth in 20 or 30 days of infections in the AMBA of boys up to 19 years old was higher than 200 percent,” the president explained in statements from Rosario, where he has participated in a meeting of the Federal Cabinet.
Likewise, Fernández met this Friday with the Buenos Aires governor, Axel Kicillof, to assess the situation of the health crisis, an appointment in which the latest COVID-19 figures have been addressed but in which it has not been determined whether New security measures will be imposed, according to ‘La Nación’.
The government is expected to make a decision on new restrictions next week, before the date on which those now in force in the AMBA will expire.
In this regard, Kicillof has called for tougher measures and has supported the suspension of face-to-face education, unlike the head of government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA), Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, who has called out against the closure of schools.
While this measure is in a judicial dispute and the decision of the Supreme Court in this regard is awaited, the head of the Buenos Aires Government has disobeyed the order of the Government and maintains face-to-face classes in the city.
In this context, families, education workers and political groups have mobilized this Friday in the city in a “honk” in front of the Buenos Aires government headquarters under the slogan ‘Without life, there are no classes’.
Thus, they have criticized Rodríguez Larreta’s decision to continue with presence despite the increase in infections and have asked that distance education be guaranteed.