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Argentina crosses 10,000 COVID-19 deaths landmark

10th September 2020

By The Essential Staff

Argentina crosses 10,000 COVID-19 deaths landmark

Less than three months after breaching 1,000 deaths in Argentina, the figure has now multiplied by 10, as cases continue to spread throughout the country and the first signs of hospital overcrowding begin to emerge.

</p> <img class="wp-image-10826 aligncenter" src="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-01.jpg" alt="Argentina is averaging more than 200 COVID-19 deaths per day" width="687" height="446" srcset="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-01.jpg 2500w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-01-300x195.jpg 300w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-01-1024x665.jpg 1024w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-01-768x499.jpg 768w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-01-1536x998.jpg 1536w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-01-2048x1330.jpg 2048w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-01-600x390.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 687px) 100vw, 687px" /> <p>Argentina is now averaging more than 200 deaths per day, with 10,713 <a href="https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/argentina">registered</a> COVID-19 deceases in total.</p> <p>Although some signs of <a href="https://gettheessential.com/politics/2020/08/13/buenos-aires-city-hopes-of-flattening-curve-covid-19-pandemic-cases-deaths">Buenos Aires City</a> (the district with most cases and deaths per capita) flattening the curve of contagions have shined a light of hope, the situation continues to be grave across the country and is <a href="https://gettheessential.com/politics/2020/08/13/covid-19-cases-spreading-fast-and-beyond-buenos-aires-jujuy-cordoba-provinces">rapidly deteriorating in the provinces</a> outside of Buenos Aires, which used to show very little cases only a couple of months ago.</p> <img class="wp-image-10828 aligncenter" src="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-02.jpg" alt="Cases were concentrated in Buenos Aires at first, but are now growing in almost all provinces" width="695" height="511" srcset="https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-02.jpg 2500w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-02-300x221.jpg 300w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-02-1024x753.jpg 1024w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-02-768x565.jpg 768w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-02-1536x1130.jpg 1536w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-02-2048x1507.jpg 2048w, https://gettheessential.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/10-sep-02-600x441.jpg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 695px) 100vw, 695px" /> <p>The <a href="https://twitter.com/rquiroga777/status/1303850069737836544">graphs above</a> give an up to date picture of how much (and how fast) provinces have deteriorated since social isolation measures began to be eased (as shown by the dotted red line in each graph), in response to pressure from shops, parents and others affected by the lockdown.</p> <p>While only a few provinces (such as Chaco or Jujuy) where showing an out-of-control spread a few weeks ago, contagion is now becoming almost uniform across all districts. Large provinces such as Santa Fe, Córdoba, Mendoza and Tucumán are now showing figures that put them near the top of the table, and cases per district are starting to correlate much more closely with population per district numbers.</p> <p>The pink line in the graph shows the moment in which Alberto Fernández said that, in practice, the lockdown &#8220;<a href="https://www.clarin.com/politica/alberto-fernandez-extendio-aislamiento-30-agosto-seguimos-hablando-cuarentena-exista-cuarentena-_0_qlNitRgcH.html">does not exist anymore</a>&#8220;, words that some took as a sign that the President had thrown in the towel with regards to his initial strategy. Will Argentina find a way to aid doctors and nurses&#8217; efforts before the system gets overwhelmed, or is there no more gas in the country&#8217;s tank to fight the pandemic?</p> <p>

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