Santiago de Chile, Jul 31 (EFE) .- The Chilean Ministry of Health reported 2,123 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, consolidating a 2% decline in infections in the last seven days, according to authorities.
With this new figure, the total number of cases amounts to 355,667 people since the pandemic reached the country on March 3, of which 17,883 cases are still active and 328,327 have already recovered.
Likewise, the positivity of PCR tests at the national level (ratio of tests that tested positive for COVID-19 with respect to the total number of tests that were performed) remains below 10%, which represents the minimum recommended rate so that a lack of confidence.
As for the number of deceased, this Friday the new deaths totaled 80, bringing the total number of deaths from COVID-19 to 9,457.
Regarding hospitalized patients, there are 1,445 people in intensive care units, 1,159 of them connected to mechanical ventilation. Within this last group, there are 232 patients in critical health.
KICKBACKS AND SANITARY CORDS
The Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, reported that the commune (territorial administrative unit for cities or sectors of cities) of the María Pinto metropolitan region will go back from the intermediate phase of unconfinement, called Preparation, to the second phase of the Step-by-Step plan , Transition.
The measure will take effect from this Saturday from 05.00.
Similarly, Daza reported on the implementation of a sanitary cord for the Town of Tarapacá, located in the northern region of Tarapacá.
The initiative will also start on Saturday at 05:00 until August 16 at 22:00.
“The reason for this is that on August 10 the feast of San Lorenzo (religious holiday in northern Chile) is celebrated, which every previous year gathered around 80,000 people,” Daza explained.
It is worth mentioning that the festivity gathers mainly people from the cities near the town, such as Iquique, Alto Hospicio and Antofagasta, these first two located in the Tarapacá region and which have a high number of infections.
When asked about the possible lack of confidence in the communes of the capital Santiago Centro and Providencia, the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, commented on the matter that “we will study the situation this Sunday and we will communicate that decision in a timely manner.”
When discussing the issue of future protocols for the holding of the plebiscite set for the end of October, a process that will decide the approval or rejection of the elaboration of a new Constitution, Daza reiterated the recommendation that older adults not be called to monitor the polling stations. voting (vowels of the month), as well as having resources at the polling places that minimize the risk of contagion.
Asked how those people who are COVID positive on those dates will be able to vote, Daza noted that it has not yet been decided what specific measure will be taken for those cases.
In relation to the eventual return to face-to-face classes, Paris maintained that “the decision is the Ministry of Education” and that the Health portfolio only develops protocols and recommendations.
MEASURES AGAINST VIOLENCE OF WOMEN
As invited to the balance of this Friday was the Minister of Women, Mónica Zalaquett, who referred to the increase in cases and calls to the emergency telephone number for situations of violence.
In this regard, the minister announced a new measure that would allow women to be able to attend to report abuse situations in person without the need to obtain a quarantined permit or safe-conduct in the event of leaving during the curfew.
With 355,667 cases and according to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, Chile remains in eighth place among the countries with the highest numbers of infections.
In Latin America, the country is only surpassed by Brazil, Peru and Mexico.
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