Soccer-Argentina postpones league playoffs due to pandemic surge

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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The semi-finals of the Argentine league playoffs were postponed by at least 10 days on Friday, amid a new surge of the COVID-19 virus in the South American nation.

The Argentine Football Association said Saturday’s scheduled match between Independiente and Colon as well as Sunday’s game between Boca Juniors and Racing were both postponed.

"We are working…to rescheduled the semi finals and final," the organization said.

All other domestic leagues are also suspended.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced a strict lockdown on Thursday that begins this weekend and will last until at least May 31.

The move includes a ban on all sporting, religious and social events, in addition to closing schools and non-essential commerce.

Some 72,699 people have died from COVID-19 in Argentina, with the highest number of daily deaths occurring earlier this week.

(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo in Buenos Aires, writing by Andrew Downie; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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