What was known is that the provincial delegate of Los Andes (Chile), who represents trans-Andean workers, assured that on Saturday January 15 “there will be no service for buses and private vehicles in Los Libertadores due to the cases of Covid detected in officials of the complex”.
“The study is being done traceability of the infected and they are probably infections that occurred inside, not from contact with tourists or carriers. And it has been decided, in order to order us, do not control cars or buses on Saturday. Therefore, the recommendation is that individuals do not approach, since there will only be passage for cargo transport, ”they stressed from the union.
“Most of those who are at the top right now are from Argentina, because Chilean travelers were stopped at the last control, located in the town of Guardia Vieja, just before the snails,” reported a source from the National Gendarmerie.
Everything indicates that before nightfall the passage would be opened again, at least until the end of the day. The prospect of spending the early morning in that High Mountain landscape, with its temperatures and winds, is not attractive to any of those who await news.
The increase in Covid cases that the arrival of the variant produced in Argentina Omicron set off the alarms on the other side of the Cordillera shortly after five border crossings.
In the first days of the year, the secretary of the Medical Association of Chile (COLMED), José Miguel Bernucci, said that “it does not seem like a good idea to have the Los Libertadores pass open”, and also spoke out against trans-Andeans traveling to Mendoza under the current sanitary conditions.
“We believe that it is not the best time to travel to Argentina or for people who are in Argentina to travel to Chile for the level of infections that we see by Omicron“, shot the specialist in an interview published by the portal 24 hours.
As he told Bernucci, the danger faced by the trans-Andean health structure has to do with the fact that although the variant Omicron has been shown to be less severe,critical bed occupancy in Chile is around 90%, of which 30% correspond to Covid cases.
This means -according to the interviewee- that an explosion of cases can “break the balance” of the health system.
Images: Cristian Ogas.