September 08, 20 - 12:01 pm - Reuters

Argentina coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000 as cases spread to provinces

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.

A cemetery worker wearing protective equipment digs a new grave at the Flores cemetery, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Buenos Aires, Argentina August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian/File Photo

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.