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ARGENTINA | 23-07-2020 03:03

Another day, another Covid-19 record: 5,782 new cases and 98 fatalities

New figures mean that 141,900 infections have now been recorded, with 2,588 deaths. ICU bed occupancy in Buenos Aires metropolitan area rises to 64.3%.

The Health Ministry confirmed Wednesday evening that 5,782 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 had been registered, breaking the record for infections recorded in a single day.

Officials also confirmed the deaths of 98 individuals.

The figures mean that 141,900 infections have now been recorded in Argentina since the pandemic began, with 2,588 fatalities. According to officials data, 42.65 percent of those diagnosed with Covid-19 have recovered.


The most severely hit region continues to be Buenos Aires Province, where 3.801 new infections were recorded, followed by Buenos Aires City with 1,390. Of the cases confirmed Wednesday, 89.8 percent were recorded in the capital and the nation's most populous province.


As part of its daily update, the health portfolio said that 902 individuals are currently hospitalised in intensive care units (ICUs) across the country, with the national ICU bed occupancy rate holding at 55 percent. In the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA), the figure rose to 64.3 percent. Officials said earlier on Wednesday that Argentina was not reaching capacity.

Despite a surge in cases in the AMBA region, especially in Buenos Aires Province, President Alberto Fernández announced last Friday that restrictions for those living in capital and its surroundings would be relaxed gradually over the coming weeks.

Officials, however, have warned that a strict quarantine may be reimpose if the number of cases and fatalities continues to accelerate.

Many of Argentina's other provinces have already relaxed their lockdown rules, with social distancing measures maintained. 

Authorities in Jujuy Province, however, said Tuesday that it would return to a strict lockdown this week after registering 13 deaths in a single day.


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