Because of the risks the COVID-19 outbreak poses to facilities for senior citizens, Health Minister Jaime Mañalich has announced that, as of today, every such facility will be subject to a total quarantine and have a sanitary customs point at its entrance.
“The only people who can enter facilities where senior citizens live are the qualified personnel who attend them,” said the Minister. He added, “very strict sanitary customs points” will be set up “at the entrance to check people's temperatures, handwashing, health background and contact with people.” The measure will be implemented in 15 state-run facilities, 180 that are subsidized by the state and 532 private facilities, making a total of 950 establishments.
Another of the measures announced was that the total quarantine in force in the municipalities of Temuco and Padre las Casas in the La Araucanía region is to be extended until April 11. “While the figures for the epidemiological situation are showing some improvement, it is insufficient for the quarantine to be lifted in these municipalities,” explained Minister Mañalich.
To date, 3,404 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been registered, of which 373 were diagnosed in the last 24 hours. 200 patients are in hospital, 168 of them connected to mechanical ventilators.
Two new deaths have been reported, one in the Metropolitan Region and the other in La Araucanía. They were both senior citizens with chronic underlying medical conditions. The medical teams and families agreed to limit the therapeutic treatment and so the patients were not admitted into intensive care or connected to mechanical ventilators. To date, 18 people have died from the disease in Chile.
According to Minister Mañalich, 335 people have recovered, “considering that 14 days have passed since they were diagnosed; this does not include those who have died. Ten percent of the people who have had the virus has now recovered,” he concluded.