August 19, 2020
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While seven municipalities are advancing in Chile’s step-by-step plan, six others are going backwards

While seven municipalities are advancing in Chile’s step-by-step plan, six others are going backwards
Meanwhile the nationwide positive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing rate has fallen to 6.8% in the last 24 hours, the lowest average of the last seven days.

During today’s update, Health Minister Enrique Paris reported that the regions with the highest increase in new confirmed cases over the last seven days are Magallanes with 33% and Coquimbo with 12%.

“Naturally, we are very worried about the size of the increase in these two regions and we can’t just ignore it.  Nor do we think that we are handling things badly. We are doing our utmost to do things as well as we can, bearing in mind what is within our power and what is possible, and always with the ongoing support of our healthcare workers.” Minister Paris took the opportunity to refer to an expression used by a research center, highlighting, “we deserve the respect of those research centers or think tanks that have used very unfortunate language to refer to the work carried out by the Health Ministry and our healthcare workers,” he said.

Nationwide, the rate of new confirmed cases has dropped by 11% over the last seven days and by the same rate of 11% over the last 14 days.  A total of 322 new cases was reported today for the Metropolitan Region. This is the lowest this figure has been since April 22, when it stood at 295.

“This means that the number of cases reported each day is continuing to fall and we would like to thank the public for their efforts and also the healthcare workers for all their hard work,” Minister Paris said.

Furthermore, the nationwide positive Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing rate has fallen to 6.8% in the last 24 hours. “This is the lowest average of the last seven days,” added the Minister.

Crime Prevention Undersecretary Katherine Martorell announced the following measures:

- The start of curfew each day is being moved back to 11 p.m. and will continue until 5 a.m. the following morning. This change will apply to the whole of Chile as of this Friday, August 21.

– Areas moving from Quarantine to Transition:

– In the Valparaiso Region: the Los Andes municipality.
- In the Maule Region: the Curicó municipality.
- In the Metropolitan Region: the Peñalolen, San José de Maipo, Padre Hurtado and Peñaflor municipalities.

– Area moving from Preparation to Initial Opening or Step 4:  the Juan Fernández municipality, starting at 5 a.m. on Monday, August 24.

Meanwhile:

– Areas moving back from Preparation to Transition:

– In the Biobío Region: the municipalities of Hualpén, Talcahuano and Concepción as of 11 p.m. on Friday, August 21.

– Areas moving back to Quarantine as of 11 p.m. this Friday:

– In the Magallanes Region: the municipality of Punta Arenas.
– In the Coquimbo Region: the municipality of Ovalle.
– In the Biobío Region: the municipalities of Penco and Tomé.