Thousands of Argentinians Stranded Abroad As Authorities Struggle to Contain Ravaging COVID-19

Bako, John Chukwudi

Argentina recorded its greatest single-day upsurge in reported coronavirus cases with 14 new cases – 12 relating to recent arrivals from abroad – this has brought the total number to 79. Two deaths have been reported in the country so far.

As authorities in Argentine struggles to deal with the crisis, Argentina has gone into full lockdown.

This action has left thousands of Argentinians stranded abroad.

An estimated 30,000 nationals are currently struggling to return to the country due to the suspension of incoming flights.

Authorities in Argentine however are negotiating special flights with international carriers and putting the national carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas into high gear, reports the Guardian.

Reports reveals as well that authorities are also working to stanch the sudden flow of thousands of people to Argentina’s Atlantic beach resorts.

The announcement of paid work leave for persons over 60 and permission for others to work from home has been taken by many as an extension of the southern hemisphere summer holidays.

“We don’t want you to come, there’s an international situation and the protocols for isolation and quarantine have to be respected,” tweeted the mayor of Pinamar, a major beach resort.

Highway controls and the cancellation of all long-distance flights, trains and buses will start Friday, as Argentina heads for a long weekend.