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Argentina: Over 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported as of July 12 /update 20

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Authorities report over 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of July 12; further spread of the virus expected in the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/13/2020, 1:00 AM until 8/13/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Buenos_Aires). COUNTRY/REGION Argentina, Buenos Aires

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On Sunday, July 12, Argentinian authorities reported 2657 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within 24 hours, reaching a total of 100,166 confirmed cases in the country, with 1845 associated deaths. The announcement comes despite strict ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Buenos Aires and surrounding areas.

President Alberto Fernández extended the lockdown in place in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area until Friday, July 17. The capital has been under lockdown since March 20 and measures had previously been extended until Sunday, June 28. Due to a rise in COVID-19 infections, some restrictions which had previously been eased have been reimposed. From July 1, only those working in essential services have been able to use public transport and the public is asked to stay in their homes. Most non-essential businesses which had resumed operations on June 8 have been required to close again. Restrictions have been eased in many other areas of Argentina, but Buenos Aires remains the epicenter of the country's outbreak. Fernández also urged residents of the capital not to show their anger at the necessary measures, as protests have been witnessed in recent months as people grow tired of the restrictions.

Schools nationwide will remain closed while mass gatherings, including shows, concerts, and sporting events, are prohibited. Outdoor exercise is permitted between 08:00 and 20:00 (local time).

A suspension of ticket sales for commercial flights remains in place until September 1. This includes ticket sales for all flights into and out of, as well as within, Argentina, preventing the booking of flights without approval from the National Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC). However, special chartered repatriation flights have been allowed to continue operating.

Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.


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