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A crack in the quarantine

We can't help it. Everything was going relatively well until Correntinos and Chaco returned to the crack. Who lit the
The worst thing about us
Una grieta en la cuarentena
| 10 April, 2020 |

The Argentines were carrying the quarantine to a height worthy of a mega country developed. For a moment, the famous crack had remained far away, like a diffuse childhood memory. Argentina was one fist, one identity against the coronavirus. The dream of the patriotic fathers had finally been fulfilled.

But… No! No! The crack managed to return to the present again. It says the definition that “crack” is a long and narrow opening product of the separation of two materials. In this case, the materials would be Corrientes and Chaco. Both provinces, well glued through a bridge, have some how many years of encounters and disagreements. As in all fights, you do not knows exactly who starts it. What we do know is what and who turned on the wick of racism, rift and subsequent controversy.

The virus that unites and separates

This pandemic tests the spirit of solidarity of an entire country. We were doing well, until a Correntino newspaper blew everything up. The discriminatory cover of the newspaper Época opened a crack between provinces in the middle of quarantine. “Chaco exports the cursed disease to Corrientes,” says the title of the Correntino newspaper in large and black letters. The publication was made in a context in which the province of Chaco already has more than 100 confirmed cases. Besides being one of the epicenters of the virus in Argentina.

A strong indignation and repudiation aroused in the province of Chaco and in various agencies such as INADI. The statement of the Corrientes delegation expressed a deep rejection of “another cover of the Epoque morning of our province.” “In this case it is a title that promotes the division between Correntinos and Chaco,” the statement adds.

Medical War

The waters are far from being calm. The fuse is still burning, and has already generated another conflict between Chaco and Corrientes. This time, to the doctors. Because of the proximity between the two provinces, hundreds of Correntino and Chaco doctors work across the border. Every morning they cross the bridge towards their work and cross it again later to return home. Because of the alarming number of “infected” in Chaco, the Correntino Government has taken a curious step. On the one hand, he has discharged all the Chaco doctors working in Corrientes. On the other hand, it has forced Correntino doctors to quarantine each time they return from work in the neighboring province. This measure generates another crack in our country. One that no Argentinian wants to see again. However, to date, the Governments of both provinces have come to a solution. Understanding that, in times of pandemic, they must abandon localism and become fundamental parts of the country. Because the best vaccine against the pandemic is solidarity among all Argentines. When all this is over, we will be a more united and united nation.

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