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ARGENTINA | 11-06-2020 02:18

Number of coronavirus infections on the rise: 1,226 in last 24 hours

Argentina's youngest victim yet, a seven-year-old girl, among 18 new fatalities, lifting death toll to 725. More than 26,000 have now been infected with virus in Argentina.

Officials have confirmed that a seven-year-old girl had died from the novel coronavirus, one of 18 new fatalities registered over the last 24 hours.

The young girl, who had  cystic fibrosis, is the youngest of Argentina's coronavirus victims to date. She died at a hospital in Vicente López, officials said, after being admitted on May 13. She went into an intensive care unit four days later and remained there until she passed.

There have been 735 deaths to date in Argentina since the start of the pandemic.

Infection numbers in Argentina are also on the rise, Health Ministry officials said, with more than 1,200 new cases confirmed on Wednesday.

A total of 25,987 cases have now been recorded in the country since March.

Of the new infections, the overwhelming majority continue to be in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area (AMBA) – 521 are from the City of Buenos Aires, 621 from the province of Buenos Aires, 45 from Chaco, 12 from Río Negro, 10 from Neuquén,  5 from Córdoba, 4 from Entre Ríos, 4 from Santa Fe, 3 from Salta and 1 from San Juan.

Health Ministry officials confirmed that 18 deaths had been recorded from the novel Covid-19 coronavirus in Buenos Aires City and Province over the past 24 hours. Of them, 13 were men, with nine were based in the capital (aged 49, 59, 60, 66, 78, 87, 92 and 96) and four in Buenos Aires Province (aged 42, 67, 85 and 86). Five women also died, with two in the City (ages 62 and 65) and three in province (7, 76, 78).

Of all the cases registered so far, 996 (3.8 percent) are categorised as imported, 10,657 (41 percent) are the result of coming into close contact with a confirmed case, 9,948 (38.3 percent) are cases of community circulation and the rest are under investigation.


70,000 fatalities in Latin America

The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to advance steadily throughout Latin America, where the death toll has now passed the grim milestone of 70,000 fatalities.

The Americas -- North and South -- remained the epicentre of the global health crisis, accounting for almost half the 412,926 deaths and 7.3 million infections worldwide, based on an AFP tally of figures released by national health ministries by 1900 GMT.

Brazil accounts for almost 40,000 – or more than half – of Latin America's total deaths, registering 1,274 fatalities in the last 24 hours.

Even as the virus continued to cut a swath through the country, economic capital Sao Paulo began reopening shops on Wednesday as part of a gradual resumption of activity.




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