Argentina exceeds 100,000 cases of COVID-19

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Argentina has surpassed 100,000 cases of COVID-19, amidst confinement in the Metropolitan Region of Buenos Aires, the focus of 95% of contagions across the country, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday (12).

The latest bulletin recorded 27 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the pandemic to 1,845, with 100,153 infected and 43,000 recovered.

The Metropolitan Region encompasses the city of Buenos Aires and the 13 districts that surround it, with a global population that exceeds 14 million, in a country of 44 million inhabitants.

The social distance in the most populous region of the country completed this Sunday 115 days and ends on Friday. The ministry also reported 2,657 new cases of the new coronavirus on Sunday.

The authorities still discuss which doctors will be adopted after that date, although some reopening of shops and permits to practice races in nearby parks are expected.

In most of the 23 provinces, the circulation of the virus is very low and different levels of flexibility in isolation and an increasing opening of activities are applied.

“Decision-making (confinement) in the Metropolitan Region will continue to be consensual. There are different ideas that can be expressed in a democratic dialogue,” Santiago Cafiero, head of the cabinet and coordinating minister of the government of President Alberto Fernández, told the press.

So far, Fernández has established the confinement in agreement with Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, mayor of Buenos Aires (federal capital with 3 million inhabitants) and leader of a moderate opposition sector.

The most radical oppositionists organized a demonstration against the quarantine and the government in several cities on Thursday. A protest in Buenos Aires provoked an incident with the aggression of journalists.

Argentina has so far had a death toll of 30 per million inhabitants.

The occupancy of intensive care beds in the metropolitan region is 60%, according to the Ministry of Health.

When Fernández took office in December, the economy had been in recession for almost two years, but the pandemic caused a collapse.

The Central Bank calculates for this year a reduction of 12% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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