Chilean health authorities reported that the Metropolitan Region, which is home to the capital and where more than 7 million people live, returns to a total quarantine this Saturday due to the sustained increase in cases in recent days and the alarming health collapse.
the Undersecretariat of Public Health, Paula Daza pointed out, “Although in our country we have seen some stabilization of cases and in some regions positive trends, the Metropolitan Region worries us more because of the number of inhabitants and critical beds.”
According to the Ministry of Health, the hospital situation in Santiago is at the limit, with 98% of the beds in intensive care units occupied, despite the fact that some of its neighborhoods have been under total confinement measures for more than nine weeks.
The availability of beds, Daza pointed out, is one of the important elements facing the arrival of winter, as low temperatures lead people to confine themselves instead of being outdoors or reduce the ventilation of spaces.
According to the daily report, this Thursday 7,716 new infections and 198 deaths were detected, raising the total since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 to 1.45 million infected and 30,339 deaths.
Nationwide, 45,774 patients are in the active stage of the disease, which means that they have the capacity to spread the virus and of which more than 30,000 are in the Metropolitan Region, which this Thursday registered 12% in its rate of positivity.
To date, 3,266 people remain hospitalized due to covid-19, of which 2,798 are on mechanical ventilation support.
Chile has not been able to contain the advance of the pandemic, despite deploying a massive vaccination campaign since the beginning of February, with more than 11.2 of the 19 million inhabitants already vaccinated with at least one dose.