Health Editor’s Note: Of course the slums, were people have inadequate nutrition, medical care, and are living in very close physical conditions, would become a hotspot for positive cases of COVID-19. It is okay to isolate but only after supplying whatever the citizens need to survive; food, clean water, sanitary measures, improved living conditions, medical care, and whatever they do not have now. To do anything less would be like barricading them in a burning building and leaving them to die because the might escape and bring the fire with them…..Carol
Argentina cordons off virus-hit slum as critics decry ‘ghettoes for poor people
Security forces in Argentina have cordoned off one of the country’s poorest slums, preventing inhabitants from entering or leaving the neighbourhood after a surge of coronavirus cases.
Police officers erected barriers at the entrance to Villa Azul on the outskirts of Buenos Aires on Monday after widespread testing was launched in poorer districts.
By Wednesday, 174 of 301 tests carried out in Villa Azul had come back positive, and officials expressed concern that if the 4,000 or so inhabitants of the neighbourhood were allowed to move freely, they could spread the virus to other areas nearby.
“This is worse than a nuclear explosion,” said Sergio Berni, the security minister for
Buenos Aires, on Wednesday. “At least you can measure radioactivity in real time. With this [virus], it’s 14 days late.”
But the move was criticized by local activists and even members of Argentina’s leftwing government. “It looks like we are creating ghettoes for poor people,” said a junior minister for social development, Daniel Menéndez.
Daniel Gollán, health minister of Buenos Aires province, dismissed the charge. “We are working with the neighbourhood organisations, first to cut off the chain of contagion, and second to prevent people from leaving or entering because …read more: