Argentina reports 8,160 new COVID-19 cases

Demonstrators hold empty cooking pots during a protest to demand resources for the vulnerable, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina reported 8,160 new COVID-19 infections on Friday, taking the national total to 2,234,913 said the health ministry.

The ministry also confirmed 113 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 54,476.

The central province of Buenos Aires, with 934,393 cases, remains the hardest-hit region in the South American country.

“A second wave is a concrete possibility,” Health Minister Carla Vizzotti told reporters on Friday after the Federal Health Council meeting attended by provincial health ministers.

She said the council has reached a consensus on “discouraging traveling abroad and tourism,” considering the spread of more contagious new variants.

“We want to minimize the entry of new strains, we are working on a safe corridor for people entering the country,” Vizzotti added.

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