Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced Friday that new measures will be taken to protect Argentinians from coronavirus outbreak.

“Following the declaration of the coronavirus COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), we have decided to take new measures to protect the population, explained in a Decree of Necessity and Urgency that I have just signed,” Fernandez said in a Twitter statement.

The president said the health emergency is extended for one year, which may be extended if the epidemiological situation persists.

Also, the Ministry of Health is given expanded authority to strengthen prevention, coverage and treatment.

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