Chile reaches record daily deaths from COVID-19, cases touch 44,000

The authorities of the Ministry of Health of Chile reported this Sunday that in the last 24 hours there were 29 deaths, a record number of daily deaths by COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of deaths to 450, while with 2,353 new cases detected, the infections already number 43,781.

Of the new cases reported, 2,024 correspond to patients with symptoms, while the remaining 329 would be asymptomatic.

Regarding the number of patients who are connected to mechanical ventilation, the undersecretary of Healthcare Networks Arturo Zúñiga numbered 624 people. Of these, 131 would be in critical condition.

As for available fans, the authority assured that there are 569 devices and that 91% of critical beds in the Metropolitan region are occupied.

Regarding the number of PCR tests that have been administered, Undersecretary Zúñiga reported that 13,171 tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of PCR tests taken in the country to 363,496.

"This is a figure that places us in first place in the countries of the region," said Zúñiga, referring to the number of tests at the national level that have been implemented.

When asked about the possibility that the national public account for June 1 will be telematic, the Health Minister Jaime Mañalich replied: "I do not have information and it is not up to our portfolio to rule on this matter," leaving the question mark about the future. of the celebration of the event that year after year is headed by the President of Chile in Congress.

The concern arises after two Chilean senators have been diagnosed with coronavirus, which forced ministers from the portfolios of Finance, Social Development and Secretary General of the Presidency to test themselves, as well as President Sebastián Piñera himself, who gave a negative.

The capital of Chile, which houses more than 40% of the Chilean population, has been totally paralyzed since Friday night in a quarantine that seeks to curb the notable rise in daily cases and deaths that have been recorded in recent days.

According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, with 43,781 total cases, Chile is consolidated as the fourth Latin American country with the highest number of infections, being surpassed by Mexico, Peru and Brazil, which is the focus of the pandemic in the region.


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