Category: Chile News
COVID-19 outbreak is all the world talk about for the last month. People in every country are stocking up with essential in horror. Wearing a mask has become a standard (and not spurred by a fashion trend, unfortunately).
Further, with roughly 180 000 infected and more than 7 400 deaths worldwide, the governments are doing the impossible to stop the COVID-19 spread.
Let’s have a look at the situation in Chile and see how the Latin country is handling the situation with the pandemic.
What are the numbers?
So far, the amount of registered infected people is 537 (up to 21st of March) and a single death recorded.
Check out the number of infected Chileans per region:
- Metropolitan: 359
- Ñuble: 58
- Biobío: 30
- Los Lagos: 20
- Maule: 15
- Araucanía: 15
- Valparaíso: 13
- Antofagasta: 10
- O’Higgins: 7
- Magellan: 3
- Coquimbo: 3
- Arica and Parinacota: 1
- Atacama: 1
- Los Ríos: 1
- Aysén: 1
- Tarapacá: 0
NOTE: Please note that, unfortunately, these numbers are likely to change (even while we write this article).
What measures did the Chilean government take?
Moreover, last Wednesday (18th of March), the Chilean President – Sebastian Pinera – announced a 90-day state of catastrophe allowing the government powers to restrict freedom of movement and ensure food supply and basic services to the entire nation.
Additionally, to decrease face-to-face contact,all the shopping centres, cinemas and restaurants are closed. Supermarkets, banks, drugstores, and shops for household supplies or construction materials remain open for now.
The Government of Chile (official website: here) provides an action plan on its official website, including updated information, a list with the most frequently asked questions, as well as prevention activities.
Cancelled events and gatherings around Chile
Due to the pandemic situation, several events and public gatherings were cancelled or postponed, including the music festival Lollapalooza Chile the world biggest annual meeting of copper miners, called The CRU World Copper Conference in Santiago, he XXI International Air and Space Fair and more.
Nevertheless, the government has guaranteed that the National Plebiscite (Plebiscito nacional de Chile de 2020), planned for the 26th of April, won’t be cancelled but will be held under sanitary safeguard rules.
What are the primary COVID-19 symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of coronavirus may arise 2 to 14 days after exposure and the primary symptoms include: fever, acute cough, shortness of breath. Moreover, some infected people feel extremely tired, have a runny nose and sore throat.
The symptoms’ severity varies from quite mild to severe. Elderly people and those with existing chronic medical conditions, such as lung or heart disease or diabetes, are at higher risk. The younger generation with a strong immune system may not experience any symptoms.
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The ILC team urges you to wash your hands, avoid the unnecessary travels, and stick to the social distancing practise. If you’re irresponsible to your own health, don’t put the others’ at risk. Stay safe, friends!
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