Protests in Argentina over new coronavirus quarantine

Hundreds of people in northern Argentina have protested against new restrictions on movement to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

The crowd demonstrated against the renewed quarantine measures in front of the seat of government in Formosa province on Friday, TN television station reported.

Police fired rubber bullets at the demonstrators and used tear gas.

With the return to phase one curfews as at the beginning of the pandemic, all non-essential businesses in Formosa will now have to close and traffic will be severely restricted.

In the province on the border with Paraguay, just 1,309 cases of the coronavirus have been registered since the beginning of the pandemic, and 21 people have died in connection with Covid-19. Nevertheless, the provincial government is taking an extremely hard line.

According to human rights organizations, the police recently took people suspected of having coronavirus out of their homes, sometimes at night, and brought them to quarantine centres where they were held for up to 30 days under poor hygienic conditions.

Unlike in the other Argentinian provinces, quarantine in one's own home is not possible in Formosa.

Source: DPA

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