Chile registered this Saturday for the third consecutive day more than 2,000 new cases of Covid-19, a slight outbreak that the health authorities attributed to the relaxation of health measures and made a call to receive booster doses to stop new infections.
The Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, reported 2,230 new cases of Covid-19 in the country today, with a daily positivity of 3.04%. The authority detailed that the variation of new confirmed cases at the national level is 20% for the last week and 76% in the last 14 days.
The Secretary of State made a call to reinforce self-care measures. “We must continue with frequent hand washing, the correct use of the mask, physical distancing and the ventilation of closed spaces. Reinforcing these measures in all our daily activities is essential since over time the perception of risk decreases and we must have Of course, the pandemic is not over. I want to emphasize that vaccines have demonstrated their effectiveness in avoiding hospitalization and admission to the ICU due to Covid-19. Therefore, we insist on the call to go to vaccination centers, especially the elderly 55-year-old who have not yet received their booster dose. All schedules for next week are posted on the Minsal website. We have vaccines, they are free and they have proven their effectiveness. “
At the national level, detailed the Minsal, Arica is the only region that has decreased its new cases in the last 7 days and none has done so in the last 14. While Aysén, Magallanes, Coquimbo and Los Lagos are the regions with the highest increase of new confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Of the 2,230 new cases, 15% are diagnosed by antigen test, 23% originate by Active Case Search (BAC) and 27% of those notified are asymptomatic. Meanwhile, in the Metropolitan Region, 16% are detected by antigen, 17% by BAC and 24% of the reported cases are asymptomatic.
Of the total number of new cases of the virus registered in today’s report, 1,427 correspond to symptomatic people and 521 do not present symptoms. In addition, 282 Positive PCR tests were recorded that were not reported.
The total number of people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 reaches 1,692,877. Of this total, 11,388 patients are in the active stage. This is the highest record since July 19, when 11,575 were reported. And the recovered cases reach 1,639,895.
Regarding deaths, according to the information provided by the DEIS, in the last 24 hours there were 14 deaths from causes associated with COVID-19. The total number of deaths is 37,743 in the country.
Currently, 457 people are hospitalized in Intensive Care Units, of which 353 are on mechanical ventilation support. In relation to the Integrated Health Network, there is a total of 249 critical beds available for the patient who requires it, regardless of the region where they are.
Regarding the Laboratory Network and the diagnostic capacity, yesterday the results of 70,922 PCR tests and antigen tests were reported, reaching a total of 23,506,272 analyzed nationwide to date. The positivity for the last 24 hours at the country level is 3.04% and in the Metropolitan Region it is 4%.
Finally, with regard to the Health Residences, the network has 57 accommodation areas, with 5,376 total beds. The real occupation nationwide is 71%, leaving a total of 1,178 beds available to be used.
It is worth mentioning that in order to stop the spread of the virus, starting next December, everyone over 55 years of age will be required to receive the third dose in order to use their vaccination card, a government pass that allows events with greater capacity and to be treated. inside bars and restaurants.
The borders, which were closed to travelers for six months, were opened on October 1, although only for vaccinated tourists who must do a mandatory 7-day quarantine.
Chilean or foreign residents must be isolated for five days or until the result of their PCR test is reviewed.