Argentina's second-city, Córdoba, has rolled back on the easing of lockdown measures following a sharp spike in coronavirus infections, authorities said Tuesday.
Social isolation measures have been in place in Argentina since March 20, but some local and provincial authorities were allowed to relax those, particularly in areas with few cases.
Córdoba, a city of 1.4 million people around 700 kilometres northwest of the capital Buenos Aires, authorised certain activities last week – shops and hairdressers reopened, and visits to religious centres and weekend outings were allowed.
But authorities decided to return to the city's previous lockdown phase after reporting 55 new cases in the last three days.
Argentina's number of coronavirus cases rose to 8,358 on Tuesday with 384 deaths. Most cases have been recorded in the greater Buenos Aires area, where a third of Argentina's 45 million population lives. Córdoba Province has reported 418 cases.
Several other cities also reversed loosening measures, including in Jacobacci, in Patagonia, where all mining activity, public works and private construction has been suspended.