July 31, 2020
coronavirus
Reportes Oficiales

Positivity rate for the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test has finally reached 10% nationwide

Positivity rate for the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test has finally reached 10% nationwide

During the daily report, Health Minister Enrique Paris said, “the ‘Paso a Paso’ (step-by-step) plan depends on you, the people of Chile.” The minister added that “the World Health Organization recommends that people should be informed, involved and follow the health measures. Therefore, the people of Chile must be informed, but they also need to get involved and to follow the health measures.” The minister added that with the increase in freedom comes an increase in responsibility.

“The indicators are positive and I hope will continue to be so. The number of confirmed cases has dropped by 1% over the last 7 days and by 24% over the last 14 days. A very significant milestone today is that the positivity rate for the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test has finally reached 10% nationwide and the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to be below 2,000 cases per day. However, as we have repeated many times, several regions are continuing to concern us,” said Paris.

The minister thanked the people in the regions that are in phase 4 of deconfinement, as well as the districts in transition. He also appealed to people to follow the health measures, such as wearing a mask, washing their hands, and physical distancing.

“The countries that have seen outbreaks over the last few days have not followed these basic measures. You need to use a mask everywhere, in every public space, when you go out to run errands, to the supermarket, or for a walk. Always remember to wash your hands frequently and/or use a hand sanitizer and physical distancing. I am also asking the phone companies and banks to collaborate, as I have seen long lines. They must ensure that the physical distancing measure is followed when they are attending the public,” the minister emphasized.