Argentina exceeds 1 million Covid-19 cases

Nurse David Rosas checks a patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in an intensive care unit of a hospital, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina October 16, 2020. Picture taken October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina has become the fifth country in the world to exceed one million coronavirus cases, its health ministry said on Monday, making it the smallest nation by far to reach the grim milestone after infections accelerated in recent weeks.

There were 1,002,662 confirmed cases of the virus in the South American country by Monday night, the ministry said in a statement.

In the past 24 hours, there were 12,982 new cases reported and 451 more deaths, it added.

Reporting by Jorge Otola; writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Sandra Maler