“On a national level, the number of new cases has dropped by 14% in the last seven days and by 48% in the last fourteen days, showing an ongoing decrease in cases,” said Health Minister, Enrique Paris, at noon during the daily report on the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The incidence rate of active cases is 41.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, one of the lowest rates since the pandemic began,” stated the Minister, and then added that “compared to last Thursday, today we have practically 500 less cases, keeping in mind that on Thursdays we report the highest number of tests, cases and deaths.”
The Minister indicated that “1.97% of PCR tests have come back positive on a national level. Let’s remember that on July 29 last year, positivity was 10%. In other words, it has been decreasing gradually and steadily. However, this does not mean we should stop self-care measures or rest on our laurels.”
In fact, the Secretary of State affirmed that “this week we have completed a 51-day streak of continuous improvement in the statistics, but we want to be cautious, and we will maintain restrictions and continue to require sanitary measures, masks, ventilation, hand washing and physical distancing.”
The Minister said that this morning he held “a meeting with the Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme and highlighted this subject and our Plan Paso a Paso (step-by-step plan).”
Undersecretary Paula Daza announced the following changes to the Plan Paso a Paso, which will go into effect on Saturday, July 31, at 5 am.
The municipalities that will advance to Transition are Tierra Amarilla in the Atacama Region; Tirúa, Biobío Region; and Teodoro Schmidt, Araucanía Region.
Those advancing to Preparation are the municipalities of Río Claro and San Rafael, Maule Region; and Queilén, Los Lagos Region.
And those advancing to Initial Opening are Camila, Tarapacá Region; Huasco, Atacama Region; Panquehue, Valparaíso Region; Coinco, Codegua, Rancagua, Olivar and Machalí, O’Higgins Region; San Javier, Maule Region; Tomé and Mulchén, Biobío Region; Puerto Octay, Puerto Varas, Quellón and Los Muermos, Los Lagos Region; and Cochrane, Aysén Region.