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ARGENTINA | 19-05-2020 15:20

City of Córdoba resumes lockdown after virus cases spike

Officials in provincial capital roll back easing of lockdown measures following a sharp spike in coronavirus infections, authorities confirm.

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.

"We're going to take a step back in the loosening. We ask for tolerance. Weekend leisure activities will remain suspended," said Diego Cardozo, the provincial health minister.

Shops must remain shut, and only essential business and industrial activity will be allowed to continue.

The new restrictions apply only to the city of Córdoba and not the rest of the province of the same name.

The measures will remain in effect until Sunday.

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.

– TIMES/AFP

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