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Argentina's president extends coronavirus quarantine until April 26

So far, 1,975 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Argentina, and the death toll reached 82

BUENOS AIRES, April 11. /TASS/. Argentina's government has extended the quarantine regime in the country until April 26 but allowed provincial governments to ease restrictions locally, President Alberto Fernandez said on Friday.

"We will continue the quarantine regime as usual in big cities," Fernandez said adding that it will remain in place "until at least April 26."

He noted that provincial governments were allowed to consider easing restrictions locally. "We will hear out the proposals of each governor," he said.

The first coronavirus case was confirmed in Argentina on March 3. So far, 1,975 cases were confirmed in the country, and the death toll reached 82. On March 19, Fernandez imposed a nationwide quarantine regime. On March 29, he extended the quarantine regime until April 12.

In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 1,600,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 95,800 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 357,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.