“I know that a lot of you have been having a difficult time. It’s not easy being stuck inside, especially if you are far from your family. We know that these are hard times, but I want to let you know that physical distancing does not mean that you have to be socially distant,” said Public Health Secretary Paula Daza during the daily COVID-19 briefing.
Senior citizens are the highest risk group for COVID-19, which is why a series of preventative measures have been taken, such as quarantine for those over 80 years old.
In this context, the Undersecretary sent a message of support focused on three main points: maintaining one’s mental and physical health, using technology to stay connected to others, and asking for help when you need it.
“Physical distancing is fundamental to containing the pandemic, but we must also keep active and stay in touch with our loved ones,” she said.
She added, “we have to learn to ask for help from younger people who are in a position to assist with routine tasks.”
Finally, the Undersecretary delivered a message to everyone who has family members or acquaintances in long-term care facilities, given that they have not been able to receive visitors for a long time. “Older people have a great ally, which is the wisdom we gain from experience. I invite you to remember those moments, to draw on the strength you learned from other times when you had to push to get through difficult periods. It is once again time to tap into that strength to get through these hard times,” she said.
Speaking about the COVID-19 situation in Chile, Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza announced that 1,247 new cases of people being diagnosed with COVID-19 have been recorded nationwide during the last 24 hours. Of these, 1,004 are people who have symptoms of the virus, while 243 were asymptomatic. The total number of cases in Chile to date is 27,219 people.
Of them, 12,667 people have recovered from the virus, and 14,248 are active cases.
The Undersecretary regretted the deaths of ten people from the following regions: Antofagasta (1), Metropolitan (6), Maule (1), Los Ríos (1) and Valparaíso (1). This brings the total number of deaths to 304.
In terms of the people in hospital, there are 544 patients in intensive care units, 445 of whom are being supported by mechanical ventilators and 84 of them are in a critical condition.
In regard to the COVID-19 Integrated Network, a total of 549 ventilators are currently available.
The network of laboratories analyzing COVID-19 CRP tests provided the results for 11,943 tests in the past 24 hours, bringing the national total to 267,904.
During her remarks, the Public Health Undersecretary provided an overview of the Flu Vaccination Campaign launched on March 16, stating that it has achieved an average of 90% coverage for the target groups.
She thanked the healthcare professionals, municipalities and the public for contributing to achieving this goal.
“This year’s Vaccination Campaign had one of the largest target groups of recent years because the beneficiary population was broadened to include children under the age of ten, all pregnant women and members of other risk groups, such as workers, who are more exposed due to the pandemic,” she said.