The Health Advisory Board in Chile recommends reducing capacities in private rooms, reducing isolation to seven days for positive cases and teleworking “as soon as possible” due to the emergence of the Omicron variant in the country and the increase in daily cases. from COVID-19.
“In this scenario, the social impact was enormous due to the emergence of thousands of daily cases, threatening countries’ ability to maintain the basic functioning of society and forcing them to review their isolation and quarantine policies,” he assessed in a report collected by the newspaper ‘La Tercera’.
In particular, some of the measures under consideration are: prioritizing the virus traceability chain; the reduction in capacity at entertainment and restaurant facilities “across the country”; compliance with the mobility pass or the introduction of teleworking in all areas to reduce transmission and contagion.
In addition, it is recommended to respect the period of isolation and quarantine, avoiding crowds and favoring outdoor activities. Also one of the measures is the promotion of the opening of free self-test centers “without bureaucratic hurdles in nearby premises”.
The Chilean Health Ministry this Friday reported 8,270 new COVID-19 infections, the highest number of daily cases since June, as the pandemic situation in the Latin American country worsened.
With more than 89,000 diagnostic tests performed in the last 24 hours, positivity stands at 8.5 percent. According to the health authorities, the regions with the highest positivity this week are Tarapacá, Magallanes, Arica y Parinacota and Antofagasta.
So far, Chile has registered a total of 1,857,764 cases and 39,355 deaths since the pandemic began, 24 more than the previous tally. In addition, more than 36,000 cases are classified as active, while more than 1.7 million people have overcome the disease.
Regarding the hospital situation, the Chilean Ministry of Health has detailed that 427 people are being admitted to intensive care units. Of these, 356 require mechanical ventilation.