Argentina registered 168 deaths and 6,792 infections with coronavirus on Tuesday, two record figures for a single day, the Ministry of Health reported.
The new accumulated count of deaths rose to 3,979, while the registered cases total 213,522 in this country of 44 million inhabitants, according to official figures.
“The pandemic did not end, we must be careful,” President Alberto Fernández said in statements to the C5N channel when the statistics were released.
The recovered patients are 94,129 in the South American country, where the major focus of the covid-19 is the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires and the 40 districts that surround it, known as the AMBA, with more than 90% of cases across the country. .
Argentina had exceeded 200,000 cases on Sunday, in clear growth.
The government’s reaction to the increase in infections was to sign a decree on Monday aimed at banning social gatherings throughout the territory.
The confinement in the AMBA fulfilled its day 138 on Tuesday, with a relative relaxation in the permission for new businesses to open their doors and allow recreational outings with children, among other relief measures.
In most of the 23 provinces, more flexible measures apply, as few cases were registered, although there were strong growths in Jujuy (north) and Córdoba (center).
Anti-quarantine protesters linked to the opposition produced another protest on Saturday in which the majority marched down the street without the face masks that are mandatory in public spaces.
The occupation of intensive care beds in the AMBA experienced a slight growth and reached 66.4% of the total available.
Announcing the continued confinement last week, Fernández warned that the pandemic is “very far from being contained.”
“The big problem we had in the last 15 days was that we relaxed. We feel that the situation is contained, but it is not, it is far from being contained,” he said.
The new period of compulsory social isolation, with some openings, will run until August 16.