Santiago de Chile, Aug 1 (EFE) .- The Chilean health authorities reported this Saturday that several regions in the north of the country are concerned about the spread of infections and deaths from COVID-19, while the rest improves or stabilizes despite 1,979 sick and 76 new deceased in the last 24 hours.
In total, Chile has counted 357,658 patients with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic on March 3, of which 17,621 are active.
Most of the infections are currently occurring in the northern regions, with special attention in Arica and Parinacota (border with Peru), which “is of great concern,” said Undersecretary of Health, Paula Daza, during the press conference at the the daily balance is delivered.
In this act, the authorities confirmed that 9,533 deaths caused by the disease are already registered.
The hospital system currently houses 1,474 patients in intensive care units, with 226 of them in critical condition, and the availability of 551 mechanical ventilators.
RECORD OF PCR EXAMS
The health authorities highlighted that on the last day, the record for PCR examinations carried out in the country throughout the pandemic was broken, with 24,398 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, for a total of 1,648,390 COVID detection tests. -19.
“The active search, where primary health care has also contributed enormously, allows finding infected people and tracing their close contacts,” said Undersecretary of Assistance Networks, Arturo Zúñiga.
PENDING FOR NEW DISCONTINUATIONS
The authorities indicated that next Sunday news will be delivered on the possibility of new quarantine removals to add to the first ones carried out the previous week.
Seven communes (municipalities) in the Metropolitan region and two in the Valparaíso region went to step 2 of 5 that the authorities implemented for the lack of control at the national level, which allows them to go out on the street during the day from Monday to Friday.
Chile is under a state of emergency due to a catastrophe, a national night curfew and its borders are closed, as well as schools and institutes and those businesses that are not of primary necessity.
Contagion statistics place the southern country as the eighth in the world with the most cases of COVID-19, ahead of nations with a larger population such as the United Kingdom, Iran or Italy, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
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