Contagions in Chile continue to rise despite harsh confinement

Chile reported 64 deaths from covid-19 in the last 24 hours. Photo EFE

The Ministry of Health of Chile today reported 5.134 infections of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in one day, adding 1.043.022 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic in the country in March 2020, as well as 62 more deaths in 24 hours to accumulate 23.796 deaths.

According to the report, so far 980.245 patients have also recovered from the disease, 38.496 are in the active stage and 3.029 are hospitalized in intensive care units, including 2.620 with mechanical ventilation support, while only 180 beds are available for critical care.

In the past 14 days, COVID-19 cases have increased 20 percent nationally, according to data from the Health Ministry.

Only six regions of the existing 13 have decreased infections in the last two weeks, amid a re-outbreak that almost saturates the hospital system in terms of units for critical patients.

The regions with the highest increase in cases are Atacama (north), Aysén (south), Metropolitana (center) and Tarapacá (north), while the southern region of Los Ríos maintains the highest incidence in the entire country per 100.000 inhabitants.

Chile faces a growing wave of COVID-19 infections after the summer season in the southern hemisphere, by relaxing restrictive measures between January, February and March.

The government has decreed in this sense the confinement of around 80 percent of the population, in addition to ordering the closure of the borders, as well as restricting the trade of goods and services.

Regarding the traceability of the virus, the results of 30.671 PCR tests were reported, which yielded a positivity rate of 15,42 percent at the national level and 15 percent for the Metropolitan region.




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