Residents from the Villa 31 neighbourhood in Buenos Aires are disinfecting the area themselves, after what they say is a lack of government help to sanitize the neighbourhood amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A daily 'Disinfection Brigade' has been set up to sanitize the area's narrow streets and the homes of those who have been hospitalized with COVID-19.
According to the authorities, 913 infections... Еще have been confirmed in Villa 31, representing 70% of the cases in low-income neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires.
«Today we are carrying out disinfection tasks throughout the streets in different sectors of the neighbourhood. At the same time, we are also entering homes [to sanitize them], because the neighbours ask us, beg us, in reality, since their family is infected, the whole family is infected, and they are very afraid of infecting the rest or of continuing to be infected,» said Ignacio Baez, a worker who is part of the brigade.
During the weekend, Villa 31 was shaken by the deaths of two important local social leaders, Ramona Medina and Victor Giracoy, both of whom had tested positive for COVID-19. The leader's deaths have increased fears about the advance of the disease in the poorest sectors of Buenos Aires.
«The [city] government does not give us the elements of hygiene. That is a reality that is being seen in the community kitchens, the eating areas, that they are not giving [us] any, any hygiene products,» said Leni Gutierrez, a resident of the village.
According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, as of Monday Argentina has registered 8,068 cases of coronavirus and 374 deaths related to the disease.