LN – The punishment of the “tourist”, another milestone of Argentina’s uniqueness

The government of Front of All It is revealed during the pandemic as an infallible machine when it comes to finding the right culprit for each of its management failures.

A year ago the Palermo runners they carried the stigma of spreading the virus across the country. Those who dared to criticize the non-transparent negotiations with the laboratories become, by the grace of official discourse, flat-earthers who hindered the vaccination plan. The second wave It must be attributed to the “health system that relaxed.” The disaster after Easter, to parents who in complicity with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta decided to send their children to school, in open defiance of the protective will of Alberto Fernandez Y Axel Kicillof.

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Argentines who traveled abroad are the new target of suspicion due to the fear that the Delta variant of the coronavirus will begin to circulate. The bureaucracy went to work without noticing subtleties. Like no other country in the world, a maximum quota of 600 passengers a day authorized to enter the country was set. A measure of this magnitude, which affects essential freedoms, was approved by means of a simple administrative decision, without previously negotiating with the airlines or foreseeing a reasonable solution for the 44,000 Argentines who crossed the border in the last month and want to go home.

Instead of assistance, those affected received a reprimand from the State: “We prefer that children continue to go to schools and those who went on vacation in a pandemic take a little longer to return,” said Florencia Carignano, the director of Migration. At the same time, he was concerned about disseminating a statistic of the reasons that travelers declared when they left the country as proof that the vast majority did so for tourism.

Florencia Carignano, National Director of Migration

Florencia Carignano, National Director of Migration (twitter /)

The public notice translates the measure as a deserved punishment to those who “They went to Miami to vaccinate”, a new category of opponents in the eyes of a sector of Kirchnerism.

But behind the speech looms the unspeakable admission of the government’s inability to face the permanent challenges posed by the pandemic.

Ezeiza was already closed to foreigners and there was a quota of 2000 nationals who could enter per day. The current disruption is due to the fact that the Executive Branch itself assumes that it cannot ensure that those who arrive from abroad – with a test at origin and another upon landing – isolate themselves for a week. Can 600 achieve what seemed impossible with 2000? It is an experiment whose results will be seen over time: it was approved without even determining what the controls will be like, which were delegated to the provincial governments. Meanwhile, by informal land crossings, people enter and leave Argentina without any control of the State, as revealed Diego Cabot Sunday in THE NATION.

The alarm about the Delta variant is heightened as a result of the delays in the vaccination plan. Scientists warn that the risk of contagion with the new world-altering strain is markedly reduced for those who have both doses applied. Argentina has 4 million people in these conditions, less than 10% of the population, and does not find quick solutions to the supply problem of component 2 of the Sputnik V.

The drawbacks are not limited to the missing ones. The Public Vaccination Monitor of the Ministry of Health reveals that there are 4.3 million doses not applied, almost half of them in the province of Buenos Aires.

Incompetence is corrected by dint of drastic measures. Today’s air trap connects with the eight-month quarantine of 2020, accompanied by an insufficient campaign of tests and traces.

President Alberto Fernández, during the tribute to those who died from Covid-19 in Argentina

President Alberto Fernández, during the tribute to those who died from Covid-19 in Argentina

Trips to Miami

This context explains the boom in travel to the United States to take advantage of the free application of doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. The Migration form does not allow to put “vaccination” as the reason for the trip, but undoubtedly a significant percentage of those who put “tourist” got on a plane to get the protection that the Argentine State was slow to give them.

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The Government considers it a privilege with the same conviction that justifies as a simple mischief the vip vaccination who rode Ginés González García at the Ministry of Health during the summer. And not without first including the “Officials on official mission” among those exempted from complying with the mandatory seven-day quarantine upon returning to the country. As if the Delta variant respected endowments.

“Those who left signed an affidavit in which they accepted that the conditions could change and that the State would not take charge of the repatriation,” they argue in the ruling party. But, was it necessary to tighten the closure of borders so abruptly? Was there no way to apply it forward, gradually, and maintain a reasonable flight schedule that would allow for the trauma-free return of those outside? A Dunkirk was not required at the expense of public coffers, but logistical efficiency to control quarantines. In any case, a pinch of empathy with the injured would have served.

Ezeiza empty: a postcard from Argentina hit by the coronavirus

Ezeiza empty: a postcard from Argentina hit by the coronavirus (Fabián Marelli /)

The solution that leaves thousands of Argentines helpless works as a physical confirmation of the country’s gradual disconnection from the world. If it is complied with as stated in the regulations, only two or three unfilled planes will land. Four, at most if they go with half the seats empty. Along the way, air routes are lost and lines that stop operating in the country accumulate, with the associated economic cost for millions who never set foot in an airport.

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To justify the decision, the Government resorted to a classic Albertist: comparisons with the world. It released a statement in which it reflects that more than 100 countries keep their borders open with restrictions and many others have directly decided to close them. Mention the case of Australia, which has just decreed a strict lockdown in the New South Wales region due to an outbreak of the Delta variant detected in Sydney. “For this decision, a strong controversy was unleashed since many consider that the country is becoming a ‘hermit kingdom'”, reflects the official text. It’s true. As it is also that 16 international flights landed at Sydney airport this Wednesday, that there are other entry stations to the country enabled and that throughout the pandemic 910 people died in Australia (against 94,304 in Argentina).

In the region, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba have dozens of services scheduled from abroad. Uruguay maintains its very restrictive border policy, but between five and seven international flights land in Carrasco every day. Israel, another country that revised its entry protocols for the new strain, receives a plane from abroad every 10 minutes during peak hours.

The physiognomy of Ezeiza with a handful of flights a day is on the way to tracing another feature of Argentina’s uniqueness. Only North Korea separates us from the world record. The dictatorship of Kim Jong-un decreed that no commercial flight take off or land on its territory since the pandemic broke out in China.

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