Infographic: Coronavirus pandemic in Buenos Aires
The novel coronavirus pandemic has affected Buenos Aires more than anywhere else in Argentina. But which areas have been affected the most? And how much has everyday life changed in the city?
Figures from the Ministry of Transportation show how drastic a stop the city and its outskirts have undergone. When compared to a normal weekday, the average use of public transport (trains, subways and buses) in the first week of the full lockdown crashed by 87 percent, with only a week of intermediate use when halfway measures were applied midway through March (excepting elders and risk groups from attending work while others continued going to plants and offices).
Since then, the numbers show how movement of people has been slowly creeping upwards, and now stands at almost double the number seen in late March, even though authorities say only essential workers and others with special authorizations (like those taking care of elderly relatives) should make use of public transport.
This has helped Argentina turn into one of the most effective countries in the region with regards to the pandemic, but red flags are starting to be emerge in some areas of Buenos Aires. The map of Buenos Aires City’s 15 communes is very telling in this regard:
The three communes with most cases per capita are number 1 (Retiro) and number 7 (Flores), where the Villa 31 and Villa 1-11-14 slums are located, followed by number 2 (Recoleta), a wealthy and higher-age region with more nursing homes than other districts. The wealthy Eastern corridor is also generally home to more cases than the rest of the city, possibly an effect of the number of imported cases seen in the days before the lockdown.
Following these statistics over the coming weeks will show how much movement has increased with the authorizations for more businesses to re-open, and how much of an effect this has on contagions across the area.