Argentina reports record number of new COVID-19 cases but relaxes lockdown

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina registered its highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases on Friday (Aug 28) as the government partially relaxed nationwide lockdown measures to allow outdoor get-togethers of up to 10 people wearing masks.

Restrictions related to the pandemic in the country started on Mar 20. The new, more relaxed rules are scheduled to last until at least Sep 20, President Alberto Fernandez said in a televised address. The country has had 392,009 confirmed cases of the coronavirus so far, 8,271 of which have been fatal.

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"Today we can take a new step by authorising meetings of up to ten people in the open air, maintaining the distance of 2m and the use of a mask. This will be in force throughout the country," Fernandez said, although his government reported an all-time high 11,717 new cases.

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The president said that while COVID-19 statistics in the capital city Buenos Aires showed some positive indicators, the number of cases in the rest of the country had grown.

"A month and a half ago 93 per cent of new cases were in the greater Buenos Aires area. In the other provinces it was only 7 per cent. Now in the provinces that percentage has multiplied by five. Today it represents 37 per cent of all cases," Fernandez said.

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