BUENOS AIRES (AP) – Argentina surpassed one million cases of the new coronavirus on Monday, the Ministry of Health reported.
The total of infected amounts to 1,002,662, while the dead are 26,716, the health portfolio reported on its Twitter account.
On the other hand, to date 12,982 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed and in the last 24 hours 451 new deaths were reported, according to the report.
With these figures, the South American country, which almost seven months ago began a quarantine that has become more flexible in various sectors, would remain in fifth place among those with the most infections in the world, only surpassed by the United States and Brazil on the continent. according to data published by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández recently extended isolation measures until October 25 in dozens of municipalities in 17 provinces that “have sustained transmission of the virus, a sharp increase in the number of cases or tension in the health system.”
Several of them are in Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza, Chaco and Santa Fe.
Since the end of August, the new coronavirus has spread to inland cities, while in Buenos Aires and nearby towns, where cases were concentrated at the beginning of the pandemic, the contagion curve decreased and then began to show a trend towards low.
According to specialists, when the pandemic hit the capital in March, in the interior provinces there was an excess of confidence and their authorities did not know how to react when the cases began to grow during the southern winter.
Some experts believe that a more agile system for detecting positive cases and more drastic and shorter quarantines should have been implemented in the localities where infections increased.