A 13% drop in confirmed cases nationwide was recorded over the last seven days, while over the last 14 days, there was a 7% drop. This information was provided by Health Minister Enrique Paris during his coronavirus report on Wednesday.
Eleven regions saw a decline in the number of cases over the last 7 days and 8 regions have seen a decrease over the last 14 days. The majority of these are regions in the northern part of the country.
The Minister expressed concern for the Magallanes Region, which continues to have an incidence rate of 729 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. “We have had a Health Ministry team working in Punta Arenas since Monday and a number of undersecretaries will travel there tomorrow. This shows the Chilean government’s concern for the region, which has been hit very hard by the coronavirus,” said the Minister, referring to a visit to this area by the Undersecretaries of Public Health, Fisheries, Labor, and Armed Forces.
Minister Paris also announced that agreements had been signed to obtain approximately 32.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccines. He clarified that these will be free of charge to vulnerable groups. “The at-risk population will be the first to receive the vaccine. Initially, this will include senior citizens, those with chronic health issues, healthcare workers and all front-line workers,” he noted.
With respect to how well the healthcare network functioned during the Fiestas Patrias (Independence Day) long weekend, the Healthcare Networks Undersecretary Arturo Zúñiga offered a positive assessment. “Fortunately, the call to Fondéate En Tu Casa (Celebrate at Home) also had an impact on the healthcare network. We saw a significant decrease of 75% in the number of calls related to traffic accidents and intoxication. This meant that the healthcare network was able to keep all beds, especially ICU beds, open for coronavirus patients,” stated the Undersecretary who also noted the fall in respiratory-related medical visits, in other words, visits due to coronavirus or suspected coronavirus.
Beginning on Monday, September 28 at 5:00 AM, the following measures will be in place:
– Moving to Preparation step (Metropolitan Region): Til Til, Calera de Tango, Talagante, Lo Barnechea, Estación Central, Peñalolén, Padre Hurtado, Pedro Aguirre Cerda, Lampa, Isla de Maipo, Santiago and Quilicura.
– Moving to Transition step (Metropolitan Region): Quinta Normal, Lo Prado, La Pintana, Cerro Navia, Buin, Conchalí, Puente Alto and Lo Espejo.
– Coming out of Quarantine and entering the Transition step: Pozo al Monte, Antofagasta, Mejillones, La Serena and Coquimbo, La Cruz and Linares.
Beginning on Friday, September 25 at 11:00 PM:
– Returning to the Transition step: Panguipulli and Lanco.
– Entering Quarantine: Lonquimay, Ercilla, Teodoro Schmidt and Coyhaique.
Permission to travel between regions
Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza provided details regarding the permit that, as of Monday, September 28, will allow people to travel between regions presently in Step 3, 4 and in the future, Step 5.
People must state the date of initial and return travel. The authorization will allow travelers to take a day trip or to stay overnight in another region and must be requested 24 hours before its intended use.
Among the associated restrictions, the authorization cannot be used during curfew and does not allow entrance into areas with sanitary cordons. It can never be used by people with COVID or who are currently in quarantine. Also, people must go directly to their final destination, without diverting, regardless of the sanitary status of the municipality.
Those who are moving about may be checked during their travels by Carabineros (uniformed police force), by members of the Armed Forces, or by health authorities.