March 30, 2020

Health Ministry reports 2,449 cases of COVID-19 in Chile

Health Ministry reports 2,449 cases of COVID-19 in Chile
During the last 24 hours, 310 people have been diagnosed with the virus, 128 of them in the Metropolitan Region.

This morning, the Health Ministry announced that 310 new cases of Covid-19 had been registered in Chile over the preceding 24 hours: 128 of them in the Metropolitan Region. Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza stated that a total of 2,449 people have had the virus, of whom 156 have now recovered and been discharged.

Currently “122 people are in hospital, in the critical patients unit. 82 of them are connected to mechanical ventilators, 14 of whom are in a critical condition. Nineteen of the people in hospital are over 70 years old,” explained Undersecretary Daza.

So far 32,096 Coronavirus CRP tests have been carried out, with the results of 3,680 coming in over the last 24 hours. Health Care Networks Undersecretary Arturo Zúñiga said that around 7% of the tests had resulted positive and highlighted that Chile’s diagnostic capacity continues to be boosted, as the number of laboratories joining the testing network in the public and private sectors and academia through the universities keeps growing.

Meanwhile, the seventh death in Chile from this disease has been announced. The deceased person was 44 years old, homeless, from Molina in the Maule Region and had arrived at the emergency room in the Hospital of Curicó in a serious condition.

Vaccination Campaign

It is two weeks today since the flu vaccination campaign began and, according to Undersecretary Daza, “this has been very successful, as 69% of the at-risk population has been vaccinated.” She added that 73% of senior citizens and 45% of children aged between six months and 10 years have been immunized.

In terms of scheduling, children are usually vaccinated in the second week of April, so the Health Ministry will be coordinating with the municipalities to ensure that all children are vaccinated between now and the end of April.

The Undersecretary added that the target groups are being widened to include other professionals who could be at greater risk of getting sick as a result of exposure in their jobs.