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Argentina posts record rise in daily COVID-19 cases

by Reuters
Thursday, 27 May 2021 21:53 GMT

BUENOS AIRES, May 27 (Reuters) - Argentina posted a record one-day number of new COVID-19 cases of 41,080 on Thursday, amid a second wave of infections that has made the country one of the hardest hit in the world, pushing the local health care system to its limit.

The nation of 45 million inhabitants has so far registered a total 3,663,215 cases and 76,135 deaths, according to official data, making it one of the countries with the most deaths per capita along with neighbors Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil.

Argentina began a strict lockdown for nine days on Saturday to get the virus under control. But the rollout of its vaccination program has been slower than promised by the center-left government of President Alberto Fernandez.

Current lockdown measures include a suspension of in-person school classes, a nightly curfew and take-out-only restaurant service.

(Reporting by Nicolas Misculin, writing by Hugh Bronstein; Editing by Sam Holmes)

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