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The Chilean health minister resigns to deal with the coronavirus crisis

June 14, 2020

The Chilean Minister of Health Jaime Mañalich has surprisingly resigned from the government and will be replaced by Enrique París in the ministerial portfolio. Mañalich’s mandate was shaped by the coronavirus crisis, his unsuccessful commitment to so-called group immunity and the lack of transparency in the publication of data on deaths and infections.

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera came this Saturday to announce Mañalich’s departure from the ministry and to announce his deputy in Paris. Piñera thanked Mañalich for his work and emphasized his “commitment and full commitment to the protection of the health of all our compatriots”.

He also welcomed Paris, which “takes over the leadership of the Ministry of Health in very difficult times”, which “shows a lot of courage”.

The Chilean health minister resigns to deal with the coronavirus crisisThe Chilean health minister resigns to deal with the coronavirus crisis

The news arrives on the same day that an investigative report was released reporting documents sent by the Chilean government to the World Health Organization (WHO) that indicate that those who died of coronavirus in the country suffered the 5,000, almost double the 2,870 recognized in the last official report.