Amid escalating cases of covid-19, the Uruguayan government presented measures to stimulate domestic tourism and discourage trips to Argentina, which this Friday opens borders for visitors from neighboring countries in the face of the summer season.
“Is it really worth it (traveling to Argentina)?”, Asked the secretary of the presidency, Álvaro Delgado, at a press conference on Thursday night, which together with the Ministers of Tourism and Economy, presented measures to encourage domestic tourism.
The Argentine government decided a few days ago to open borders to tourists from neighboring countries – Chile, Paraguay, Brazil and Uruguay – to improve the economy of a sector affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
As of 00:00 this Friday, air travel (through the international airport of Ezeiza) and sea (port of Buenos Aires) are enabled, where in principle a massive “shopping tourism” is expected to arrive to take advantage of the high value of the dollar in Argentina.
The secretary of the presidency recalled that every citizen who travels to Argentina on his return must take two cotton swabs, at his expense, in addition to being in strict confinement for seven days.
Uruguay, with 3.4 million inhabitants, has been praised for its success in controlling the pandemic, without ever decreeing mandatory general quarantine.
Currently, it records 3,044 cases and 57 deaths from the virus. However, in recent weeks, the country has seen an escalation of daily covid-19 infections.
The record of 65 new cases in one day was reached, when in mid-June there were 0 cases for several consecutive days.
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