Santiago de Chile: Lockdown is back, hospitals are bursting at all

The Chilean government has announced that it will reintroduce a lockdown in the Santiago de Chile metropolitan area as of Saturday, affecting about seven million people. The reason is the still bad epidemic situation and the overloaded health system. Hospitals have 95 percent full bed capacity for patients with covid-19, the EFE reported. According to the server Our World in Data, Chile is the fourth in the world in terms of fully vaccinated against covid-19 per capita.

In addition to Santiago, it will begin on Saturday, the strictest restrictions on movement also apply in seven other districts, so in total, the lockdown will affect about 58 percent of the population of this 19 million country. In the metropolitan area of ​​the Chilean capital, this will be the third complete quarantine since the beginning of the pandemic, this time however, for many it is not so strict because people with completed vaccinations have a so-called mobility card. This allows them to move freely within their district.

Chile is now experiencing a second epidemic wave, The South American country began to record a significant deterioration in March after the summer holidays there, when about 7,000 cases of the disease began to increase daily.. The most infected per day was confirmed there at the beginning of Aprilwhen it was over 9100. Over eight thousand cases a day were recorded last week.

A total of 1.45 million coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Chile to date SARS-CoV-2, of which 30,300 people died in connection with covid-19.

Chile began mass vaccination against covid in February. At least one dose of the vaccine was given there by 60 percent of the population and both doses by about 45 percent of the population.

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