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It’s not just the country’s healthcare system or the economy. The coronavirus outbreak is also taking a toll on Argentina’s national statistics system, run by the INDEC statistics bureau. The mandatory lockdown is forcing data collectors to stay at home, making in-person data collection impossible and raising questions over how inflation, unemployment, poverty and other key reports will be produced and whether any alternative results would be accurate.
In a country known for a decade-long statistics scandal when the Kirchnerite administration took over INDEC and cooked up inflation numbers between 2007 and 2015, and at a moment in which Argentina and the world are seeing large economic shocks, there’s strong reasons to keep a close look at how the statistic system functions during the emergency.