Bolivia delays vote, announces strict quarantine while police in Argentina and Peru clamp down on coronavirus evadersRecord ID: 1465181
- Title: Bolivia delays vote, announces strict quarantine while police in Argentina and Peru clamp down on coronavirus evaders
- Date: 21st March 2020
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (MARCH 21, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS, VEHICLES LINED UP AT POLICE ROADBLOCK ON MASSIVE 9TH OF JULY AVENUE VARIOUS, POLICE CHECKING VEHICLES, ASKING WHY DRIVERS ARE TRAVELING DURING THE QUARANTINE POLICE ALLOW CAR TO DRIVE AWAY VARIOUS, ROADBLOCK CAR WITH FAMILY VARIOUS, OFFICIAL TALKING TO CAR WITH FAMILY IN IT, EXPLAINING WHY THEY SHOULD NOT BE DRIVING VARIOUS, HEALTH SERVICES OFFICIAL TAKING FAMILY'S DETAILS
- Keywords: Argentina Bolivia Jeanine Anez Peru arrest coronavirus disease dog walkers outbreak police quarantine restaurant restrictions roadblocks
- Reuters ID: LVA003C5ZW47B
- Location: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA / BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / LIMA, PERU
- City: LA PAZ, BOLIVIA / BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / LIMA, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Duration: 00:01:38
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: ALSO NOTE: CONTAINS A WHITE FLASH, PART FILMED IN PORTRAIT
Bolivia's interim government announced on Saturday (March 21) it would postpone presidential elections originally slated for May 3 and institute a mandatory countrywide quarantine for 14 days as coronavirus spread across the Andean nation.
The country's electoral authority said in a statement it would "suspend the elections calendar" for 14 days to match the quarantine, but did not set a new date for the vote.
Interim president Jeanine Anez told reporters the measure would begin Sunday (March 22) and extend until April 4. Bolivia earlier this week closed its borders and suspended all international flights.
Anez said supermarkets, hospitals, banks and pharmacies would continue to operate as normal.
Meanwhile, in Argentina, police were out on major arteries enforcing a mandatory quarantine order issued Thursday (March 19) mandating social isolation and keeping all but essential workers in their homes until the end of March.
And, in Peru, police were arresting dog-walkers who were out on the street and restaurateurs serving food in defiance of quarantine measures.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Sunday (March 15) announced a 15-day state of emergency amidst the total closure of the country's border.
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