March 31, 2020

The Health Ministry extends the duration of quarantine in 6 districts of the Metropolitan Region and on Rapa Nui

The Health Ministry extends the duration of quarantine in 6 districts of the Metropolitan Region and on Rapa Nui
New sanitary measures have been announced, including quarantine in Punta Arenas and the implementation of sanitary controls at all the bus stations in Chile.

A total of 2,738 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Chile, 289 of whom were notified within the last 24 hours. Health Care Networks Undersecretary Arturo Zúñiga reported that 138 people are in hospital, of whom 108 are on mechanical ventilators and 13 are in a critical condition. 

Undersecretary Zúñiga added that he regretted to announce the death of four people from this disease, two of whom were over 60 years of age, while the other two were over 80. One of them was from the Metropolitan Region, another from Valparaíso and the other two were from La Araucanía. They bring the total number of deaths to date to 12 people. 

Undersecretary Zúñiga added that yesterday 3,046 tests were carried out and the rate of positive testing is 8%.

New Measures 

Having assessed the measures that have been implemented and studied the epidemiological situation in the country, Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza has announced new sanitary measures to control the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Chile.

The quarantine for Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is to be extended for another two weeks; the quarantine is to be renewed for another seven days for six of the seven districts of the Metropolitan Region: Vitacura, Lo Barnechea, Las Condes, Providencia, Santiago, and Ñuñoa. The quarantine will not be prolonged in the municipality of Independencia, where it will end at 10 pm on Thursday, April 2.  

The quarantine measure will also be retained for all National Minors' Service (Sename) facilities.  

The increase in cases recorded in Magallanes in the last few hours, “has led to the order of quarantine for Punta Arenas as of 10 pm tomorrow (Wednesday) for a period of seven days,” said Undersecretary Daza.   

She also announced the implementation of “sanitary controls in all the bus stations in Chile. This will start tomorrow in the main bus stations in Santiago.” These are San Borja, Alameda, and Terminal Sur.

“This will enable people who are showing symptoms and those who are not complying with their quarantine to be identified early on. It will enable us to detect in a timely manner, contain the spread of the virus and implement the corresponding isolation measures,” the undersecretary concluded.