On March 7, Argentina became the first Latin American country to announce a coronavirus-related death, four days after confirming the country’s first case. The president reacted quickly announcing, on March 12, a state of national health emergency. Eight days later, with the backing of all 23 local provincial governments, he imposed a mandatory and nationwide quarantine through the end of that month.
Argentina began what would be one of the world’s longest quarantines. Despite that move, the country is among the world’s top 10 when it comes to confirmed COVID-19 cases. Abderrahmen Ben Chouchane spoke with Juan Pablo Miassi, a civil engineer living in Buenos Aires.