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ARGENTINA | 28-10-2020 21:57

Argentina's Covid-19 death toll surpasses 30,000

More than 1.1 million people in Argentina have now been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus since March.

Argentina surpassed 30,000 deaths from Covid-19 on Wednesday, the Health Ministry confirmed in a statement. 

More than 1.1 million people have now been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus since it first arrived in the country back in March. 

In its evening update, the Health Ministry said that 13,924 new infections had been recorded on Wednesday, with 345 deaths over the last 24 hours. 

In total, 30,071 people have lost their lives after being infected with the virus.

According to government data, 931,147 of those who contracted Covid-19 are now recovered. 

As of Wednesday, 5,037 individuals with the virus remained hospitalised in intensive care units (ICUs), with bed occupancy in such wards nationwide now at 64.4 percent.

President Alberto Fernández first imposed quarantine measures to tackle the spread of the virus on March 20, though since then restrictions have been loosened, with most industry, shops and services allowed to re-open, though under strict health protocols. 

The widespread use of public transport (i.e. by non-essential workers), the holding of mass live shows and social gatherings, among other activities, remains prohibited. 

At the beginning of the pandemic, most of the diagnoses of Covid-19 were concentrated in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA), though today, the virus is spreading most rapidly in Argentina's inland provinces, where in some cities ICU wards are running at more than 80 percent capacity. 

In total, eight provinces – Córdoba, Santa Fe, Tucumán, Mendoza, Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut and San Luis – now account for around 55 percent of new cases each day.

– TIMES/AFP

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