Argentina’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 10,000, the government said, as the South American nation struggles to bring its infection rate under control.
There have been 10,129 deaths up to Monday evening, with 488,007 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to government data. Almost half of coronavirus tests are yielding a positive result.
Argentina has been under lockdown since March 20, though cases have spiked in recent weeks. Some areas of the country, including capital Buenos Aires, remain under varying levels of quarantine, though some activities, like exercise and outdoor restaurant dining, recently resumed.
For months, over 90% of cases were concentrated in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area – home to almost a third of Argentina’s population – while the provinces were mainly spared. That changed abruptly in recent weeks: The provinces now account for almost a third of cases, with Córdoba, Santa Fe, Jujuy and Mendoza the most affected areas after Buenos Aires and its suburbs.