Argentina's virus cases hit three million

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Argentina's coronavirus case total has hit three million, with medical workers saying hospitals are full to capacity despite toughened measures to bring down the spread of infections.

Its health ministry said on Sunday there were 11,394 new cases over the previous 24 hours, bringing up the grim new milestone, with 156 new deaths taking fatalities to 64,252.

President Alberto Fernandez last week unveiled a round of tougher restrictions as a second wave of infections battered the country, filling up intensive care units and setting daily records for cases and deaths.

But medical staff say it is still not enough.

"People need to be a little more aware and know that the hospitals are full and that health personnel are exhausted," said Luciana Berti, a 41-year-old surgical assistant.

The South American grains producer, which has endured three straight years of recession exacerbated by the pandemic, is balancing the need to stem virus spread while protecting a fragile economic recovery.

Marcela Cid, owner of a business on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, said Argentines were increasingly "locked into a situation" that while necessary, was little help to anyone trying to move forward.

Argentine pediatrician Carlos Kambourian said the key would be speeding up a stalled vaccination campaign.

Otherwise, he warned, hospitals would be overwhelmed.

Intensive care beds are around 68.1 per cent occupied nationally, government data shows.

"Today the health system does not support one more patient," Kambourian said.

"It is already overflowing.

"We can continue to extend measures every 15 days from here until two years from now if we don't do what needs to be done, which is to test and vaccinate, test and vaccinate," he said.