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The Government seeks to convince the City to reinstate the AMBA 'formula' against the pandemic


Alberto Fernández will try to agree on measures with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Axel Kicillof. In Casa Rosada they admit that after Easter "there will be no margin for everything to continue the same." Transportation, social gatherings and recreational activities, in the spotlight.

Ignacio Ortelli

04/01/2021 15:12

  • Clarí

  • Politics

Updated 04/01/2021 3:12 PM

The first step was taken by Axel Kicillof.

After noon on Wednesday, when the Health area told him that the number of cases was going to break the record for the pandemic, the governor contacted Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.

After an exchange of WhatsApp chats, they

spoke by phone

and agreed to follow the evolution of the figures during the long weekend and to propose possible

"joint measures" as of Monday


Then, it was Alberto Fernández who moved his files and urged his collaborators to probe Buenos Aires authorities for a possible meeting, which, beyond the transcended ones, was never officially confirmed for this Thursday and which, according to high official sources from both administrations. , will just

take place this Saturday



a priori


would not be from the game

in this reunion, the sequence shows the intention of the Government

to reinstall the "AMBA formula"

that gave it results during 2020 but that, after the political sparks and the almost total openness of activities, had been in disuse.

There is a common thread in the seriousness of the health situation - as stated by the three Health Ministers - that can help to rebuild this triad.

Although the analysis that they do both in the Nation and in the Province regarding the pandemic is similar and has the reinforcement that implies belonging to the same political space, it also

has points in common

with the City.

In the three administrations there is a conviction of the need to advance first with measures that do not affect economic activity.


an electoral year

, the fall in the collection is a variable that nobody wants to observe.

Alberto Fernández, with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta and Axel Kicillof, in Olivos, at the last tripartite meeting for the pandemic, on December 30, 2020. Presidency photo.

Those who spoke with Fernández in the last hours assure that




continues "with great concern"

, especially because the periodic reports that it receives from the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, account for

an exponential increase in recent days


In the Casa Rosada they insist that, beyond the community transmission of the

new strains from Manaus and the United Kingdom

, which "may have an impact in a few weeks", it is the relaxation of individual care that motivated this scenario.

"Activities with protocols are not risky," they say.

That is why the Government will launch a massive advertising campaign in the media in the coming days to try to raise awareness, with the premise that it depends on

individual responsibility

that the situation does not worsen and that, consequently, restrictions should be tightened.

"We are not going to let everything explode," they warn. 

At the same time, in Balcarce 50 they also began to move politically.

Thus, despite the

latent tension that exists with the City

of Buenos Aires after the President ordered the reduction of funds from the


, the intention is to

bring closer positions with Rodríguez Larreta

, at least in health matters, to establish a scheme of tripartite decisions.

The Buenos Aires head of government hesitated when his vice,

Diego Santilli

, received the call from the Secretary General of the Presidency,

Julio Vitobello


Far from the close bond, in which Fernández identified him as his "friend," the withdrawal of funds was only the first in a series of

political disagreements

that distanced them.

Pulled by the

intern of Juntos por el Cambio

, although it is an inescapable issue such as fighting the pandemic, Rodríguez Larreta preferred that the approach

be progressive


Hence, despite the fact that since Wednesday night the media spoke of an "imminent" meeting, from the City they

lowered expectations

and slipped that there would probably be

previous contacts between collaborators

and technicians.

Indeed, the meeting will only take place on Saturday, under the "working breakfast" mode.

"We cannot lend ourselves to a photo in which

later things are communicated that were not discussed,

" justified Buenos Aires sources.

In that sense, mistrust was rekindled in the last hours by the controversy that was unleashed when the changemakers

Cristian Ritondo


Jorge Macri

had to clarify that at a summit at Casa Rosada to which they were invited on Monday to sign an agreement,

they did not give any guarantee to postpone the STEP

Before the Fernández-Larreta summit, it is time for the heads of Cabinet:

Felipe Miguel

(City) and

Carlos Bianco

(Province) spoke in the last hours and will do so again this Friday.

"They exchanged information, spoke of maintaining coherence in the measures between the two districts, but prioritizing measures that do not affect economic activity," said interlocutors.

Santiago Cafiero

, the President's battering ram, will join in to articulate some decisions.

For example, something that only the Nation can define:

public transport in the AMBA

, one of the main concerns.

Both in the Province and the City share the view that, if they decide to

intensify the controls

to guarantee that it is only used by essentials (including teachers and students), the three districts must do their part: "Whatever is done, it must be coordinated, "they agree. 

They evaluate the same with regard to

social gatherings

-after the limit of ten people imposed in the Province- or eventual limits to nighttime after Easter.

There, while the Buenos Aires governorate admits that in some suburban districts it could return "to phase 3, the Buenos Aires position could delay definitions: Larreta, say his own, wants to

exhaust all instances before closing any activity

that deepens the economic crisis "First we are going to reinforce all the controls to maintain the situation as it has been until now, if that does not work, we will see," they explain. Next week would be "a test" and there are those who begin to speak of Friday, April 9 as a "deadline "to apply the" parking brake ". 

Source: clarin

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