Argentina: Buenos Aires pays COVID-19 patients to isolate​

The city of Buenos Aires announced the implementation of a program that will pay each person infected with COVID-19 to isolate. Footage recorded on Thursday shows the field hospital built in the fairgrounds of Tecnopolis, in Buenos Aires, which is already ready to accommodate the first patients taking part in this program. The program contemplates the provision of a subvention of 500 Argentine pesos (7 US dollars, 6 euros) to those who remain hospitalised for a ten-day maximum. «We know that the economic issue is also a problem to make of the isolation, the effort we are all making regarding the isolation in a preventive way has an impact on the daily life, on the family economy», said Laura Braiza, director of the field hospital set up in Tecnopolis. Braiza added that the subsidy program was intended for patients who cannot afford to isolate themselves at home. Buenos Aires residents had different opinions about the program. «I don't know if it's right to offer them money, but it's the only way to make people aware of taking care of themselves so we don't all get infected,» said Mara Barreto, a Buenos Aires resident. Oscar Maimor, another resident of the Argentine capital, disagreed: «I wouldn't give away absolutely nothing, what I would do is allow people to work with the proper care, that's my opinion». Graciela Rodríguez, another Buenos Aires resident, said: «If you feel bad, you have to get yourself treated. Why are you going to pay them, so that [people] can go and say they have symptoms just to get paid? As of Thursday, Argentina had recorded 148,027 cases of COVID-19, and 2,702 deaths related to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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