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Argentina bans lay offs in coronavirus fight

ARGENTINIAN President Alberto Fernandez has banned all lay-offs of workers during the coronavirus crisis in a bid to “preserve social peace.”

The move was outlined earlier this week as part of a package of measures aimed as sustaining the economy and introducing mandatory quarantine to prevent spread of Covid-19.

The decree prohibits employers from dismissing or suspending workers for 60 days.

“The dismissals and suspensions that violate the provisions of this norm will not produce any effect. The existing labour relations and their current conditions will remain in force,” Mr Fernandez said.

The decree states: “It is essential to guarantee jobs for a reasonable period to preserve social peace. This will only be possible if the emergency is dealt with through social dialogue at all levels and not through unilateral measures.”

Today, Argentina had 972 confirmed coronavirus cases and 37 patients had died.

The government has imposed mandatory quarantine until April 12, during which time people must remain in their homes, only leaving to buy food or for other essential activities.

More than 120 doctors that were working in Europe have been brought back to Argentina to help cope with the crisis.

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