Argentina surpassed four million confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, after the Health Ministry recorded 31,137 new infections over the past 24 hours.
Government officials also confirmed 772 new fatalities, one of the highest daily death tolls since the start of the pandemic in March 202.
In total, Argentina has accumulated 4,008,771 infections and 82,667 deaths, from a population of 45 million.
As is customary, Buenos Aires Province recorded the most new infections on Tuesday, with 10,819, followed by Córdoba Province with 5,528, which returned to a strict lockdown this week amid a surge in cases.
The occupancy of beds in intensive care units (ICUs) remains high, standing at 79.1 percent throughout the territory and 77.3 percent in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA), which is home to around 15 million people.
President Alberto Fernández's government is trying to accelerate its mass vaccination campaign, which got off to a slow start, and moderate restrictions on circulation and activities remain in place in many regions.
Earlier Tuesday, a first batch of 300 liters of the active ingredient of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine arrived in Buenos Aires. Argentine pharmaceutical firm Laboratorios Richmond SA will start production of a local version of the shot, to be named ‘Sputnik VIDA’, soon.
Government officials also took delivery of 81,850 new doses of Sputnik V’s first shot and 400,000 doses of the second component.
In total, some 19 million vaccines have been received by the authorities, of which 17.8 million doses have been distributed to regional governments. Around 14.6 million shots have been applied.
The Buenos Aires City government announced Tuesday that it was opening registration for all residents in the capital aged over 50. According to official data, 1.82 million doses have been applied in the City to date.