Argentine police cordoned off a neighborhood inhabited by about 3000 people as a precaution to prevent the spread of the Coruna virus, and it is related to the residents of the poor neighborhood of Villa Azul, in the suburb of Quilmes, near Buenos Aires. Residents became bound to “dive” in their misery within two weeks; Significant security reinforcements were deployed throughout the region, as the freedom of the neighborhood’s residents became linked to the development of “Covid-19”, which spread in the region.
The Argentine authorities confirmed the infection of 53 people with the new Corona virus, which made it adopt full quarantine measures for the slums, which are located approximately seventeen kilometers from the center of the Argentine capital. The authorities are conducting medical tests to verify that about 50 people have been infected with the emerging virus.
The local authorities of the province of Buenos Aires explained that the neighborhood of Villa Azul is surrounded by security forces, adding that no one is allowed to leave the neighborhood except for health reasons.
Security forces installed barriers throughout the area of Villa Azul and the Governmental Services Authority stated that it would deliver food products, medicines, hygiene and disinfectants to the population, but without indicating the timing and number of times.
Jose Sekira, a 63-year-old resident of the neighborhood, confirmed that he had been working until last week but now feels like a prisoner. He added: “I have some money on hand, but if I cannot go out to buy my supplies I do not know what I will eat.”
The population of the Argentine capital reaches 3 million, and is surrounded by at least 1,800 slums, as the slums in Buenos Aires alone contain more than 350,000 people. On March 20, authorities implemented a partial quarantine of the population, but it appears difficult in poor neighborhoods that are overcrowded. Poor suburban neighborhoods lack conditions for decent living, as most of them do not have access to drinking water and lack public services.