November 18, 2020
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Chile hits a record in Latin America with more than 250,000 PCR tests per million inhabitants

Chile hits a record in Latin America with more than 250,000 PCR tests per million inhabitants
According to the Worldometer daily report, Chile is followed by Peru with 144,000 tests per million inhabitants, Colombia with 112,000 tests and Brazil with 102,000.

In the report on the coronavirus pandemic in Chile, delivered from La Moneda Palace, health authorities reported negative trends in cases in municipalities in southern Chile. Health Minister Enrique Paris issued “a warning of concern to the municipalities of Hualpén, Talcahuano, Concepción and San Pedro de la Paz because we are seeing concerning figures.” In contrast, he said that slight improvement is being seen in Puerto Montt and Osorno.

According to the Worldometer daily report, Chile is number 19 in the world on the list of total COVID-19 cases meaning that “the number of cases relative to the rest of the world has gone down,” explained the Health Minister. He added that Chile “has gone from fourth to eighth in the world in terms of deaths per million inhabitants, which warrants recognition of the people working to save more lives and control the pandemic.”

These daily statistics showed Chile hit a record in Latin America with 251,473 tests performed per million inhabitants. “The other countries are far behind us. The closest has performed 144,905 tests per million inhabitants,” said Minister Paris.

Step-by-Step recovery plan announcements

Public Health Undersecretary Paula Daza reported on the changes for municipalities under the “Paso a Paso” (Step-by-Step) recovery plan. Beginning next Thursday, November 19 at 5 AM, the Metropolitan Region municipalities of Providencia, Peñaflor, Macul, Estación Central and Buin move from Preparation to Initial Opening.

The municipality of Coihueco in the Ñuble Region and the municipality of Pitrufquén in La Araucanía Region move from Transition to Preparation.

The municipality of Porvenir in the Magallanes Region moves from Quarantine to Transition, though the 8 PM curfew remains in place, explained Undersecretary Daza.