Argentina’s pandemic death toll tops 73,000

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 Friday reported 695 more deaths from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in 24 hours, raising its pandemic death toll to 73,391.

According to the Ministry of Health, in the same 24 hours, tests detected 35,468 new cases of COVID-19, meaning 3,482,512 people have tested positive for the virus since the onset of the outbreak here on March 3, 2020.

The South American country has applied 10,905,068 vaccines against the disease since Dec. 29, when its inoculation campaign began.

Argentina’s government on Thursday ordered a nine-day lockdown starting Saturday, given the exponential growth in infections.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez made the announcement, saying the country was “in the worst moment of the pandemic,” and urging the public to stay home to curb the spread of the virus and alleviate the burden on the healthcare system.

Lockdown applies to all regions considered to have a “high risk” of transmission, which encompasses most of Argentina, including the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area comprising the nation’s capital and 40 contiguous municipalities.

All in-person social, economic, educational, religious and athletic activities will be suspended through May 30, with the exception of essential businesses, and restaurant home delivery and take out service.

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