Argentina sees record-high daily COVID-19 deaths

A demonstrator holds an Argentinian flag as they protest against Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez's lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, outside Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina on Wednesday reported 663 deaths from the novel coronavirus disease in a single day, the highest number of daily fatalities since the onset of the outbreak here on March 3, 2020.

The figure raises the country’s pandemic death toll to 65,865, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health.

Tests detected 24,079 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the same 24 hours, bringing the accumulated caseload to 3,071,496.

Occupancy at intensive care units reached 68.2 percent nationwide and 75.9 percent in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area, which includes the Argentine capital and surrounding urban centers.

According to information from the Public Vaccination Monitor, since the end of December, 10,757,071 vaccine doses have been distributed and 8,533,232 have been applied.

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