Argentina, one of the countries where the daily number of confirmed coronavirus infections has continued to increase in recent weeks, passed the 900,000-case mark on Monday.

A strict lockdown early on in the pandemic meant that the number of cases grew slowly at first. But following an easing of restrictions, cases have been rising steeply.

The milestone comes as thousands of Argentines joined anti-government protests in the capital, Buenos Aires, and other major cities. While their grievances were varied, including opposition to a reform of the justice system, many protesters said that they were unhappy with the government’s handling of the pandemic and in particular, with the lockdowns it had imposed.

Argentina is the country with the sixth highest number of cases after the United States, India, Brazil, Russia and Colombia.