As normal, this Tuesday during the daily update on the epidemiological situation in Chile as a result of COVID-19, the Health Ministry announced new quarantine measures that will be implemented in Chile as of 10 pm this Thursday, April 30, in order to contain the outbreak of the disease.
Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza announced that on Thursday evening quarantine will come into effect for seven days in the following municipalities: the northern part of La Pintana (from Av. El Observatorio), to the southern part of San Ramón (from Américo Vespucio), and the whole of Estación Central, all in the Metropolitan Region, as well as the whole of Angol and Victoria in the La Araucanía Region. Quarantine has now also been extended to cover the entire municipality of Independencia.
Meanwhile, the Undersecretary said that the quarantine will be lifted in the municipalities of Temuco and Osorno, but the cordons sanitaires will remain in place in these locations. The cordons sanitaires will, however, be lifted in Chillán and Chillán Viejo in the Ñuble region as of 10 pm this Sunday.
Quarantine will remain in place in the urban part of Arica, the northern part of the municipalities of Ñuñoa and Santiago, the north-eastern part of San Bernardo, the western part of Puente Alto and the entire municipalities of El Bosque, Quinta Normal, Pedro Aguirre Cerda, and Punta Arenas.
The Undersecretary added that, as this is a long weekend, cordons sanitaires like the ones used at Easter will be set up to prohibit entry and exit from the cities of Santiago and Concepción.
A wide range of epidemiological variables were studied when looking at the implementation of these measures. “One of them is the incidence of new cases and what the trend has been like over the last two weeks. The concentration of these cases in a specific place is also studied, among other things,” the Undersecretary explained.
The Undersecretary said that quarantine is one of the strictest measures for containing the spread of COVID-19, and this is why it is strategic and dynamic. “This is why we are applying quarantine in some places and lifting it in others.”
Asked about the reiterated prolongation of the quarantine in the northern part of Ñuñoa and Santiago, she explained, “we are concerned to see that in some places the quarantine is not being respected. We have seen a significant increase in the number of permits being requested,” which prejudices the effectiveness of the measure, making it necessary to extend it.
“The people who respect the quarantine are those who suffer when these measures are prolonged. That is why we are calling for people to take responsibility,” she emphasized.
Speaking about the COVID-19 situation in Chile, Undersecretary Daza explained that a total of 14,365 cases have been reported nationwide, of which 552 were notified yesterday.
Of this number, 7,710 have already recovered from the infection, which is more than 50% of the total. Meanwhile, 6,448 people still have the active virus, which is to say they can spread the disease.
The Undersecretary said that during the last 24 hours nine people had died. Five of them were from the Metropolitan Region, one from Valparaíso, one from Biobío, and the last two from the Los Ríos and Los Lagos regions, respectively. They bring the total number of deaths up to 207.
Speaking about the people in hospital, the Undersecretary said that there are 428 patients in intensive care units, 317 of whom are connected to mechanical respirators and 75 are in a critical condition.
She added that as of 9 pm yesterday, 583 mechanical ventilators were available in the healthcare network.
In regard to diagnostic capacity, the Undersecretary stated that yesterday the results came in for 4,930 CRP tests from 55 laboratories and that 166,165 tests have been conducted nationally, 8% of which were positive.