Alberto Fernández extended the health emergency due to COVID-19 until December 31, 2022

December 24, 2021

Alberto Fernandez

The national government extended the health emergency through a decree until December 31, 2022. It had been originally declared on March 12, 2020 as a way to “provide the State with the necessary, adequate, effective and transparent tools to combat the coronavirus pandemic.”

The regulation designates the Ministry of Health as “enforcement authority” and it allows it “to provide the recommendations and measures to be adopted regarding the epidemiological situation, in order to mitigate the health impact.”

In this sense, the portfolio led by Carla Vizzotti may dictate the regulations that are necessary in order to comply with the recent decree and may modify deadlines and establish the exceptions it deems appropriate, in order to mitigate the impact of the epidemic and adapt the normative to the dynamics of the same ”.

For example, you can “establish new measures, or modify those in force, for each case definition (suspected, confirmed, close contacts), as well as preventive actions, mandatory isolation measures and / or their exceptions, and health recommendations for each assumption, for the terms that are determined in the future, according to the epidemiological evolution and the progress of the vaccination campaign ”.

In its article 7, the decree details which are considered the activities with the highest epidemiological risk. Among them stand out group trips for graduates and retirees, discos, activities in party halls and mass events of more than a thousand people, whether in open or closed spaces.

In turn, it clarifies that the national health authority may establish or recommend measures, requirements or conditions regarding their implementation. Likewise, “it may modify the list of activities stated according to the epidemiological evolution and sanitary conditions.”

The Vizzotti ministry will also determine the safe air, maritime, river and land corridors, as well as the entry points to the country “that have the best capacities to respond to health needs.”

In addition, the new decree also extends all current health protocols (articles 14). “All the additional or modifying requirements provided in this decree or in its complementary regulations are considered included in the aforementioned protocols and will be enforceable as of its entry into force,” the text clarifies.

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