BUENOS AIRES, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Argentine Health Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia on Wednesday urged the public to take every precaution to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), to prevent the need for stepped up lockdown measures.
"We are walking a fine line where prevention, care and compliance with health regulations are essential to avoid further restrictions," the minister warned via Twitter.
The transmission rate of COVID-19 cases in the capital Buenos Aires and the rest of the country "in December is higher than that observed in June," noted Gonzalez Garcia.
"In recent weeks, the age group ranging from 20 to 30 years old went from representing 20 percent of confirmed weekly cases to 27.2 percent, an increase not seen in any of the other groups," he added.
Argentina detected its first case of COVID-19 on March 3, and confirmed 1,744,704 cases of infection and 44,848 deaths from the disease as of Tuesday.
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