Health Minister Jaime Mañalich, along with Health Care Networks Undersecretary Arturo Zúñiga, today delivered the latest COVID-19 Plan report, which reveals that in the last 24 hours there were 1,427 new cases of people diagnosed with the virus.
The Minister said that this is the highest increase in the daily number of reported cases and explained that this increase is linked to the increased number of tests being carried out and the decision to “go to look for patients, including those who have had the virus without symptoms.”
Undersecretary Zúñiga provided more detail, explaining that in the last 24 hours, a total of 9,967 CRP diagnostic tests had been carried out and that “the objective is to increase our diagnostic capacity even further until we reach over 14,000 tests a day.”
The officials said that after this latest report, the total number of cases in Chile stands at 18,435 people. Of those diagnosed in the last 24 hours, 1.246 people presented symptoms and 181 did not.
Nationwide, a total of 9,572 people have had the virus and have now recovered and a lower number - 8.816 - have the active virus, so they could transmit the disease.
In terms of the healthcare network, they reported that as of 9 pm yesterday, 425 people were in intensive care units because of COVID-19, 324 of whom were on mechanical ventilators. Of them, 62 were in a critical condition.
In the 24 hours leading up to 9 pm yesterday, they regretted to announce the deaths of 13 people in Chile. Among this number was a healthcare worker who, in addition to having cardiac complications following an operation (which were the cause of death), had been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The Health Care Networks Undersecretary reported that across Chile there are 709 mechanical ventilators available ready to be transferred and used by anyone who needs them on Chilean territory.
The Undersecretary added that the first 100-bed module of the modular hospital will reach Chile this week and be set up in the southern part of the Metropolitan Region alongside the Sótero del Río Hospital because the epidemiological situation shows that that is where it needs to be because of the high number of infected people.