Argentina is the first nation in South America to register the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine. It should be noted that on August 11, Sputnik V received a certificate of registration from the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, becoming the world’s first registered coronavirus vaccine.
Uruguay will close its land, sea, river, and air borders completely for the next 20 days and send troops to its borders with Brazil and Argentina in bid to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The move is effective from Monday, and will last at least until January 10. The aim is of preventing contagion during the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Argentine government officials expect more than a million people to say goodbye to legendary footballer Diego Maradona, who died Thursday of a heart attack at age 60. People came to say goodbye to their favorite footballer, more than expected. Such a grand ceremony was last held about 10 years ago, after the death of Argentine President Nestor Kirchner.
Bolivia’s fresh general election to elect President, Vice President, Senators and Deputies for the 2021/25 period is scheduled for this Sunday and for once, in several decades of the country’s political history, a key political player in the country’s political scene, former head of state, Evo Morales won’t be a direct participant as he is exiled in Argentina after leaving office in November last year.
Turkey continues to experience tumultuous economic times. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been grandstanding on the world stage without having the funds to back such actions long term. Turkey took on the Syrian and Libyan conflicts. The reasoning is personal ambitions for Erdogan to restore the Ottoman Empire.
Argentine President Albero Fernández announced the “preventative and compulsory” lockdown across the country starting from midnight this Friday until Tuesday, March 31. The aim is slowing down the advance of the coronavirus. The measure that has already come into force was supported by all the governors of Argentina, most of whom were present in the Quinta de Olivos to hear the reasons for the government’s decision.
Iran temporarily released more than 54,000 prisoners Tuesday in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country’s crowded prisons. All the released prisoners were tested for the disease. The inmates were allowed out only after testing negative for coronavirus and posting bail. Prisoners who are kept under special security regimes or serve sentences longer than five years did not receive the benefit of temporary release, according to the Iranian judiciary.
Bolivia’s interim government announced on Monday that it had expelled the Mexican ambassador to the country and two other Spanish diplomats for trying to “facilitate” the departure of former top officials of the government of former President Evo Morales, who is currently a refugee in Argentina. The foreign diplomats in question have been given 72 hours to leave the country.
A British millionaire from Northamptonshire was shot dead in front of a five-star hotel in broad daylight in Argentina by two robbers who police believe had followed him from the airport. It is said that Matthew Charles Gibbard, 50, arrived with other family members at Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza International Airport on a British Airways flight that landed at 9:30. They then took a taxi to Faena Art Hotel in Puerto Madero. As they got out, they were attacked by the robbers on a motorcycle, who tried to rob them. Authorities have said that Gibbard and a stepson, Stefan, resisted the theft and were shot in the struggle.
Prices rose 4% in August, as a result of the devaluation suffered by the Peso a month ago, and year-on-year inflation stood at 54.5%. The data is more serious when it comes to food, which increased by 4.5%. Shortly before the National Statistics Institute released the data, the Chamber of Deputies approved a declaration of food emergency that meant a 50% increase in the budget.
In the Argentina primary election Alberto Fernández and his running mate, ex-president Christina Kirchner, out-performed President Mauricio Macri by 15 points. Macri secured just 32 percent of the primary vote, while Fernández/Kirchner received 47 percent, making them the favorites to win the presidency in the October elections.