April 6, 2020

The Government to require masks to be used on all public transport as of Wednesday

The Government to require masks to be used on all public transport as of Wednesday
The Health Ministry has also announced that a cordon sanitaire is to set up in Puerto Williams.

Following the COVID-19 Emergency Committee meeting this morning, Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza announced that as of 5 am on Wednesday the use of masks will be mandatory on all public or private transport. “We are talking about the Metro (subway), trains, buses, “colectivos” (shared taxis), privately hired passenger transport, remunerated air, and maritime transport,” explained the Undersecretary.

She added that a cordon sanitaire is to be set up in the Magallanes Region, particularly Puerto Williams, mainly to avoid people going to that location. “Today we have tourists in the region - in Puerto Williams - and they are going to be evacuated to Punta Arenas,” she said.

Update on cases

With regard to the daily update on COVID-19 in Chile, the health officials announced that 4,815 cases have been registered across the country, 344 of which were diagnosed in the last 24 hours.

There are 327 people in hospital, of whom 270 are connected to mechanical ventilators and 36 of them are in a critical condition.

Health Care Networks Undersecretary Arturo Zúñiga stated that “fortunately the number of patients who were put on mechanical ventilation yesterday was just 18. The number the day before was 27 and the day before that 35.″

He added that there are currently 255 mechanical ventilator spots available in the network that can be used for any patient in Chile.

He also commented, “the hospital in Padre Las Casas in the La Araucanía region” started operating today. “This hospital has 230 beds available for citizens and will help the network address COVID-19,” said Undersecretary Zúñiga.

So far 728 people have recovered - that is to say that 14 days have passed since they were diagnosed.

The Undersecretary regretted the death of another three people in the regions of Ñuble, La Araucanía, and Los Lagos, bringing the national total to 37. All three people were over 60 years of age.

In terms of diagnoses, yesterday the results of 2,908 CRP tests came back from the laboratories, bringing the total to date to 54,864.

Transfer of tourists

Some Bolivian tourists who had been established in Huara and wanted to go back to Bolivia have in recent days been transferred there and “are now in their region with their families,” said Undersecretary Paula Daza.

She continued that the Chilean Government was making arrangements to move some Peruvian citizens currently in the Arica y Parinacota Region. “There is a significant number of Peruvians who want to return to their country and the Government is making all the arrangements so they can go back to Peru in the next few days,” concluded the Undersecretary.