Coronavirus

Can Argentina resist the Covid-19 crisis?

The Covid-19 outbreak reaches Latin America as Argentina battles to recover from its worst crisis in 20 years

Can Argentina resist the Covid-19 crisis?
Abandoned area in Buenos Aires. Photo: Klaus Balzano/Shutterstock

Argentina’s recently sworn-in President Alberto Fernández has taken serious action to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading across his country. After two confirmed deaths related to Covid-19, Argentina decided to close its borders for at least 15 days and suspend classes in public schools. Mr. Fernández’s actions come as a contrast to his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro, who has instead broken self-isolation protocol and called the outbreak a media-created “fantasy.”

Sitting next to his opponent and Buenos Aires mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mr. Fernández said the measures are the only government’s first steps to “reduce the virus’ expansion capacity.”

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