Argentina

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
UK bans travellers from South America
UK bans travellers from South America
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The UK has banned people who are from or have travelled through Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela in the last 10 days. The ban will come into force from Friday and is due to a new variant identified in Brazil. British, Irish and foreign nations may enter the country but must isolate for 10 days.

Science • Medicine
Argentina starts distribution of hyperimmune equine serum to treat COVID-19
Argentina starts distribution of hyperimmune equine serum to treat COVID-19

The serum is obtained by injecting horses with SARS-CoV-2 protein, which causes the animal to generate a large amount of neutralizing antibodies. On trials it reduced mortality by 45%, internment by 24% and respiratory assistance by 36%.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Legal abortion is approved in Argentina
Legal abortion is approved in Argentina
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The higher chamber of Argentinean congress approved overnight the bill that introduces legal abortion before the 14th week of pregnancy, or in case of mother's health risk, or if the pregnancy is caused by rape. The final score of the senators' votes was 39 supporters against 29.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Vaccination starts in Argentina, with 300.000 units of Sputnik V vaccines
Vaccination starts in Argentina, with 300.000 units of Sputnik V vaccines
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The national immunization plan against coronavirus was launched today throughout Argentina, after an operation to distribute 300,000 doses of the Russian-developed Sputnik V vaccine.

"It is a day of great joy, we must not lose hope because the vaccines will continue to arrive," said Health Minister Ginés Gonzáles García from the Posadas Hospital a few minutes before 9 AM, the hour in which the operation of vaccination against coronavirus throughout the country. In that health centre, 5 members of the Health team were vaccinated.

Regional News • World
Canada, Ireland and several other countries also halt flights from UK over new Covid-19 variant
Canada, Ireland and several other countries also halt flights from UK over new Covid-19 variant
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More countries are banning flights from the UK after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant that is said to spread much faster. Canada is banning UK travellers for at least 72 hours. Several South American countries followed suit on Sunday, including Argentina, Chile and Colombia. British flights are banned from landing in the Republic of Ireland on Monday and Tuesday. After France suspended travel from and to the UK, both the Eurotunnel and Port of Dover were closed.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Bill for legal abortion advance to Senate voting stage in Argentina

After 20 hours of debate in the lower chamber of Argentinean congress, the bill to legalize abortion under certain conditions got enough votes (131 vs. 117) to continue to the next stage in the upper chamber. The bill was introduced by president Alberto Fernandez and accepted a few changes lately, both were apparently the main factors to have different results compared with the 2018 discussion.

Sports • Soccer
Alejandro Sabella, former Argentina's Head Coach died
Alejandro Sabella
Alejandro Sabella Credit: Víctor Santa María (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Alejandro Sabella, the coach who led the Argentinean National Team to the runner-up in the World Cup in Brazil, died Tuesday at the age of 66.

Sabella has suffered from a severe heart disease since 2015 and had been placed in intensive care just a day after the footballing world mourned the death of Argentine legend Diego Maradona.

Sports • Soccer
Argentinean police raid house and clinic of Diego Maradona's doctor
Diego Maradona Graffiti at La Boca, Buenos Aires.
Diego Maradona Graffiti at La Boca, Buenos Aires. Credit: Cadaverexquisito (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Argentine prosecutors are investigating Diego Maradona's doctor, Leopoldo Luque, for possible manslaughter following the footballing legend's death four days ago. The police have searched the doctor's house and private clinic, trying to establish if the soccer legend's treatment, after his surgery, was negligent.

There are suspicions that the star's convalescence at home might not have met the conditions of his discharge from the clinic, such as a 24-hour team of nurses "specialised in substance abuse", the on-call presence of doctors and a stand-by ambulance equipped with a defibrillator.

Sports • Soccer
Diego Armando Maradona has died
Diego Armando Maradona has died
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The soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona died on Wednesday morning at the house in the San Andres neighborhood, in the city of Tigre, where he lived for some days after having been operated on the head. Maradona has died at the age of 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Maradona, regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, helped Argentina win the World Cup in 1986, the pinnacle of an illustrious career.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Argentinean congress discusses new tax regulation for the richest people in order to sanitize the economy and overcome Covid-19
Argentinean congress discusses new tax regulation for the richest people in order to sanitize the economy and overcome Covid-19
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Argentinean president Alberto Fernandez proposed a new set of regulations to tax the richest people in the country (above 2,35 M dollars).

Now the congress discusses the proposal that would create a one-time tax, starting with 3.5% up to 5.25%. The extraordinary fee is estimated to affect between 9.000 and 12.000 richest Argentineans, then 20% of the money collected will be used to fight the Covid-19 crises, and the rest will be used to reduce the economic crisis that holds the country in recession since 2018, having 40,9% of the total population of 44 million Argentineans under the poverty line.

Health
Argentina: People can now grow medicinal marijuana at home
Argentina: People can now grow medicinal marijuana at home
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Marijuana for medicinal use is now permitted to be grown at home in Argentina following a decree issued by President Alberto Fernández. In addition pharmacies will be allowed to sell cannabis-derived oils, creams and other products, and it orders public and private insurance systems to cover these medications for patients who obtain a prescription.

Regional News • Americas • South America
After nearly 40 years Falkland Islands celebrate being landmine free
After nearly 40 years Falkland Islands celebrate being landmine free
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The population of the Falkland Islands has been celebrating the removal of an estimated 13,000 mines that were planted by Argentine forces in the 1982 military conflict.

Barry Elsby, a member of the island's legislative assembly, has stated that "This will be another good bit of closure for people who were here when the invasion happened and lived through the horrors of that time" and added that "All the mine signposts were a constant reminder of what happened but now they are all away, it's another return to normality".

Sports • Soccer
Diego Maradona successfully underwent surgery for a blood clot on the brain
Diego Maradona successfully underwent surgery for a blood clot on the brain
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Argentina football legend Diego Maradona underwent successful brain surgery for a subdural hematoma on Tuesday after he was admitted to a hospital a day earlier.

"I was able to evacuate the hematoma successfully, and Diego tolerated the surgery very well," Leopoldo Luque, Maradona's neurosurgeon and personal physician, told reporters outside the Olivos clinic in Buenos Aires province where dozens of fans were gathered.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Global Covid-19 case measurement system removed Argentina from their registry due to lack of quality in the testing data
Global Covid-19 case measurement system removed Argentina from their registry due to lack of quality in the testing data
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The "Our World in Data" tracker decided to drop Argentina from their tracker for possible bias in the "positivity rate".

Edouard Mathieu, from Our World in Data, posted on Twitter: "To ensure the quality and reliability of @OurWorldinData's COVID-19 testing data, we've decided to remove 🇦🇷 Argentina from our dataset for the time being. The official figures aggregated by the government are not of sufficient quality to correctly reflect the extent of testing."

Regional News • Americas • South America
Argentina surpasses one million Covid-19 cases
Buenos Aires during the Covid-19 lockdown
Buenos Aires during the Covid-19 lockdown Credit: Rodrigo Paredes (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Argentina's Health Ministry announced Monday that the country surpassed the barrier of one million infections of Covid-19. The South American country has been in lockdown for the past 7 months.

The Government reported that in the last day, 12,982 people tested positive, and the total number of infected reached 1,002,662. Also, 451 deaths were entered into the National Health Surveillance System (SNVS) and the total number of deaths recorded nationwide reached 26,716.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Art & Design
Joaquín Salvador Lavado (Quino), the creator of Mafalda, died at the age of 88.
Quino (right)
Quino (right) Credit: Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Graphic artist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, known as Quino, died at the age of 88. Quino rose to fame for his comic strips and for his most widespread character globally: little Mafalda.

He had an extensive and acclaimed career that led him to receive distinctions such as the Official Order of the Legion of Honor in France and the Prince of Asturias Award in Spain. "When I think that I am going to open the newspaper and my drawings will not be there, it gives me more anguish and I continue drawing. It is like that stationmaster who retires, but returns every day to see if the trains run on time", he said once.

Regional News • Americas
Argentinean congressman quits after live sex scenes streamed during late-night congress session
Argentinean congressman quits after live sex scenes streamed during late-night congress session
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After starring in a streamed sex scene during a late-night Congress session Thursday, Argentinean congressman Juan Emilio Ameri has resigned.

In a letter addressed to the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Ameri said: "Given the fact of public knowledge, I am writing to you to apologize for my conduct during the remote special session on September 24 of this year. It was in no way my intention to disrespect this Honorable House, my fellow deputies and deputies, nor to the Salta people who elected me"

Regional News • Americas • South America
Argentina Government claims 99% of $65 billion debt to be restructured
Martín Guzmán
Martín Guzmán Credit: Ministerio de Economía (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Argentina’s Economy Minister Martin Guzman announced Monday the country reached a deal with the majority of creditors, and that 99% of the $65 billion debt could be restructured.

The deal would allow Argentina to exit default, and start debt talks with the International Monetary Fund.

Science • Space
SpaceX successfully launches Earth-observation satellite for Argentina
SpaceX successfully launches Earth-observation satellite for Argentina
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SpaceX launched three satellites Sunday, including the SAOCOM-1B for the Argentine Space Agency. The mission was the first polar launch from Cape Canaveral since 1969.

The company reused a Falcon 9 booster that previously flew on two separate commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station, and one mission to deploy Starlink's internet satellites.

SpaceX originally planned two launches to be performed on Sunday, but the weather earlier in the day forced the first launch to be rescheduled.

Regional News • Americas • Brazil
Merkel warns Amazon deforestation threatens EU-Mercosur deal
Angela Merkel meets Emmanuel Macron
Angela Merkel meets Emmanuel Macron Credit: Bundeskanzlerin (Public Domain)

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated she has "considerable doubts" about backing the EU-Mercorsur deal due to environmental concerns. The chancellor met Thursday climate campaigners in Berlin.

Steffen Seibert, spokesperson for the German government, told reports that "Serious questions have arisen due to the ongoing environmental concerns "as to whether the implementation of the agreement in the intended spirit would be guaranteed at present."

The trade deal between the EU and the Mercosur states of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, would create the world's largest free-trade zone.