The Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera, visited this Thursday a food and hygiene products collection center that will be distributed from tomorrow to 70% of vulnerable families in the metropolitan region and other cities in the country that are in quarantine for the coronavirus pandemic.
The measure, which has been baptized “Food for Chile”, will seek to deliver a total of 2.5 million boxes and the first to receive the state contribution will be those who live in the capital’s neighborhoods (communes) of Quinta Normal, Central Station and Santiago Centro. Each neighborhood will receive 1,000 boxes.
The rest of the communes that make up the so-called Greater Santiago will receive aid starting this Saturday.
The coronavirus pandemic has left a total of 589 people dead in Chile after 45 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, representing a new record in the country, the Ministry of Health authorities reported on Thursday.
Last week, the Government decreed a mandatory total of 40 in Santiago de Chile and part of its suburbs, a measure that keeps about 7 million people confined to their homes and that lasted until Wednesday May 29, due to the advance. of the pandemic.
The Metropolitan Region, in which Santiago de Chile is located, concentrates 44,635 of the total number of coronavirus cases and 388 of the deaths. In fact, 40 of the last 45 deceased belonged to this territory.
The distribution of the aid boxes for families will be done in direct coordination with the governors and mayors, to execute the delivery in the most effective way.
The baskets will go directly to the homes, without the need for the beneficiaries to leave their residences, in order to be able to protect the population as much as possible.
“We know very well that this does not solve all problems, but we also know very well that it is a relief, it is a help,” said the president.
Mega-quarantines have been ruled out until now by the Government, which since the beginning of the pandemic defended “selective and strategic” confinements, with movement restrictions that are imposed and are lifted in each commune (neighborhood) based on the new infections.
In addition to Santiago and its periphery, the towns of Antofagasta, Iquique, Alto Hospicio and Mejillones – all north of the capital – and the southern town of Lonquimay, in La Araucanía, also renewed for a week.