Minggu, 04 April 2021

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What's going on in Chile? 

I keep reading about countries that Chile is a warning to others and they can't end up becoming like Chile. Is there anything in depth about what is happening in Chile?


Chile has rolled out COVID-19 vaccines at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world, with almost half the population now having received at least one dose of either the Chinese Sinovac or US Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

But, last week the country imposed strict new lockdown rules to fight a severe second wave.

Yesterday, Chile recorded 7,993 new cases and 103 deaths bringing the cumulative totals to 1,026,785 and 23,644 respectively.

Daily cases figures for Chile (Johns Hopkins University)

More than 80 per cent of the country, including the capital Santiago, had been put under a strict lockdown preventing them leaving the house even to buy groceries over the weekend.

During the week, each person is allowed two short-term permits to leave the house to buy essentials and can exercise outdoors between 7:00am and 8:30am. Only 169 intensive care beds remain available nationwide – an occupancy rate of more than 95 per cent.

The warnings you may have heard about come from apparent mixed messaging from health officials and the government.

Health experts have accused the government of allowing the triumph of its vaccination program to muddy its message, resulting in citizens dropping their guard - a claim angrily rejected by Health Minister Enrique Paris.

“The issue with communication is that it hasn’t been consistent across government. While the health ministry has repeatedly called on people to look after themselves, the economy minister has been opening casinos, gyms and cinemas.” said Dr Ximena Aguilera, an epidemiologist who sits on the government’s COVID-19 advisory committee told The Guardian.

The vaccination program has resulted in a tailing off of hospital admissions among people in their 60s and 70s, but they have been replaced by a growing number of people in their 40s and 50s, health ministry figures show.

Officials said they would close the South American country’s border for a month beginning today to both Chileans and foreign residents, with exceptions only in emergencies. No foreign tourists will be allowed to enter - the first time it has taken the extreme measure since the early days of the pandemic in March 2020.

“I’m confident that the vaccines will ease the caseload once enough of the population has had their jabs, but any positive effect in terms of reducing hospitalisations and serious cases in older people is unlikely to be seen before mid-April,” said Dr Aguilera.

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2021-04-05 00:35:09Z

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