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Argentina extends mandatory lockdown for city of Buenos Aires until June 7: Fernandez

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FILE PHOTO: A man walks on the stret as Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced an extension of the lockdown it has imposed as a measure to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Buenos Aires, Argentina April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Matias Baglietto

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina extended a mandatory lockdown for the capital, Buenos Aires, until June 7, President Alberto Fernandez announced on Saturday, after the city saw a steady increase of coronavirus cases in recent days.

Argentina’s lockdown, which was due to expire on Sunday, has been in place since March 20, though officials relaxed restrictions in some areas of the country.

Reporting by Eliana Raszewski and Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall