August 27, 20 - 9:02 am - Reuters

Argentina daily cases top 10,000 for first time

Argentina posted a record daily rise of 10,550 Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said, taking the total caseload to 370,188 as the country struggles to rein in the spread of infections while trying to ease open its crisis-hit economy.

The nation, which imposed a strict lockdown in March that initially helped slow the spread of the virus, is now fast catching up with other hard-hit countries in the region, including neighbor Chile where new infections have slowed.

The government of center-left President Alberto Fernandez extended lockdown restrictions in and around capital city Buenos Aires until the end of August. The area has the highest number of infections.