Argentina surpasses 2.3 million COVID-19 cases

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BUENOS AIRES, March 27 (Xinhua) — Argentina on Saturday surpassed 2.3 million COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health reported.

According to the ministry, 10,338 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 2,301,389, with 173,793 cases in the active stage.

Additionally, another 133 deaths were reported, taking the national death toll to 55,368.

Since the vaccination program began in December, 3,613,762 people have been vaccinated, with 2,949,086 having received a single dose and 664,676 both doses.

Amid surging cases this week, the government ordered a series of restrictive measures, such as a ban on flights to and from Brazil, Mexico and Chile.

Health Minister Carla Vizzotti explained on Saturday the decision to defer second doses of COVID-19 vaccines for three months with the aim of “reducing mortality before the second wave.”

She said that the priority was to administer “the first dose to the largest number of people in order to achieve a very important benefit.” Enditem

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