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Chile registers highest number of cases and deaths by coronavirus in 24 hours

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Chile registers highest number of cases and deaths by coronavirus in 24 hours

Chile recorded, on Tuesday, 19, record numbers of new cases of contamination and deaths caused by the new coronavirus. Chilean authorities warn of the danger of overloading the health system, at the same time that the country's Senate records an outbreak, with four parliamentarians infected.

On Tuesday, there were 3,520 more contaminations and 31 deaths. The Chilean Minister of Health, Jaime Mañalich, informed that the data increase the total of contagions to 49,579, while the number of deaths increased to 509.

“The numbers are very worrying. From an average of 2,500 cases a day, we jumped to 3,250, with 421 being asymptomatic, ”said Mañalich. The minister said he hoped that the registered cases would not lead to a deterioration in the health status of the infected in the coming days, which could “overload the service network”.


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"We are in a complex moment," said the portfolio holder.

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Until this week, the record for new infections in 24 hours was 2,660, and death, 29. Both marks were registered last week and were responsible for leading the Chilean government to enact mandatory confinement in the Santiago metropolitan region. The measure affects approximately seven million people.

In the last 24 hours, the number of patients who depend on artificial respirators has also increased, from 670 to 728. Of these, 134 are in critical condition. Meanwhile, the occupation of the capital's hospital network reached 93%.

Chile is the fourth country in Latin America most affected by the pandemic, behind only Brazil, Peru and Mexico. With 2.6 cases per 1,000 inhabitants, however, it exceeds Brazil (with 1.5 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants) and Mexico (0.41 deaths per 1,000 inhabitants).

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In the ranks of the Senate

Also on Tuesday, government senator José García Ruminot became the fourth member of the legislature to be diagnosed with Covid-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus. The Senate was operating normally until last week.

The results of the tests carried out by other parliamentarians and Senate officials will also be released, which will increase the total number of contaminations. Before Ruminot, Socialist Party senators Rabindranath Quinteros also tested positive for Covid-19; Jorge Pizarro, from Christian Democracy; and Manuel José Ossandón, from the National Renewal.

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The case of Quinteros, 76-year-old vice president of the Senate, generated a lot of repercussions. Before knowing the result of his tests on Friday 15, but already suspected of being with Covid-19, the congressman traveled by plane from the city of Puerto Montt to Santiago. The Public Prosecutor's Office opened an investigation against the senator to see if he put other people's health at risk.

In addition, four ministers who had recent contact with members of Parliament received positive results for the coronavirus. Among them, the Secretary General of the Presidency, Felipe Ward; the Finance Minister, Ignacio Briones; the interior, Gonzalo Blumel; and Social Development, Sebastián Sichel.

(With EFE)


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