Former President Mauricio Macri traveled to Europe on Sunday afternoon and sparked controversy: Buenos Aires government says he should have isolated himself For being in contact with a positive case of COVID-19.
This is Representative Juan Manuel Lopez, who last week – Wednesday 23 June – participated in the meeting of the National Council to Work Together for Change at which Macri was present. The meeting was held in Galbon de los Milagros, in Palermo, in a tent with open doors, according to the official photos distributed.
This meeting was also attended by the Prime Minister of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Laretta, Jujuy Governor Gerardo Morales and Senator Martin Lusto. Like Macri, the three leaders appeared in public.
The argument of the four involved is the same. They say they were more than five meters from Lopez and in a well-ventilated place, so they are not considered to be in close contact.
On its website, the Ministry of Health sets out the criteria for a person to be considered a “close contact” of a positive case of COVID-19.
Any person who provided care for a confirmed case while the case was onset or within 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms and did not use adequate personal protective measures.
– Anyone who has remained within 2 meters of a confirmed case during the onset of symptoms, or in the 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms, for at least 15 minutes (for example, partners, visitors, co-workers).
Macri may face complications when he returns home. This Tuesday, the Buenos Aires government said that all residents must be quarantined for four days in hotels. The former head of state has been living in Akasuso since leaving Casa Rosada.
Governor Axel Kiselov was immediately consulted about the situation of Makri. He smiled, lowered his head, sarcastically: “He tempted me, excuse me.”
Then he affirmed:With regard to anyone who leaves the country, upon his return, he has to take care of himself and others. We have already seen a lot of repeated violations, so we will call on everyone to comply. Now there are fines that are generally applied to those who break the regulations“.
Macri traveled abroad on Sunday, June 27. The new measure, which will take effect on July 1, includes signing an affidavit that anticipates travelers the consequences of their return. Since enforcement of the law can never be retroactive, a former president would not in principle be obligated to self-isolate in a hotel.. However, laws in Argentina are not always enforced as they should be.