The Chilean health authorities reported 1,860 new cases of COVID-19 this Friday, translating into a provisional infection adjustment of 405,972. This makes the South American country the tenth most affected country by the pandemic worldwide.
The death toll has risen to 11,132, according to official statistics from the Ministry of Health, 60 more than Thursday, while 379,452 have overcome the disease. Active cases are therefore 15,388, reports the Chilean newspaper ‘El Mercurio’.
Health Minister Enrique Paris has appealed to “hope” and has trusted that Chile, which has “recovered from earthquakes”, can defeat the virus “despite all the vicissitudes”. Among the positive aspects, he highlighted that asymptomatic cases already account for 30 percent of the infections detected and that for the first time since May fewer than a thousand have been admitted to the intensive care unit.
However, the government does not hide its concern about the development of the pandemic in the Biobío region, where quarantine measures were announced for the Concepción, Talcahuano, Chiguayante and Hualpén areas. Paris has confirmed that in order to avoid hospital saturation “preventive” it has started moving patients to the Santiago metropolitan area.