Argentina surpassed the 80,000 coronavirus deaths threshold on Friday, a total of about 4 million infections since the start of the pandemic, according to the country’s health authorities.
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Over the past 24 hours, there were 30,950 new COVID-19 cases and 539 deaths, bringing the total to 80,411 and the average number of new daily cases last week to over 500.
As of the end of 2020, around 43,000 people have died in Argentina. According to official figures, this number has almost doubled since the beginning of 2021.
7,668 people are admitted to intensive care units, equivalent to a national employment rate of 78.2%.
The epicenter of the infection remains the capital Buenos Aires and its periphery, home to 15 million inhabitants in a country of 45 million.
Argentina wants to give new impetus to its vaccination campaign from next week when it starts production of the Sputnik V vaccine at the Russian Gamaleya laboratory on its territory.
“Next Sunday, the plane will fly to Moscow to return the active ingredient so that production can begin immediately in Argentina,” President Alberto Fernandez said Friday during a video conference with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
To date, 11 million people have been fully immunized in this Latin American country.