A pedestrian wears a face masks as a precautionary measure in opposition to the unfold of the brand new coronavirus, COVID-19, in downtown Santiago, on March 20, 2020. MARTIN BERNETTI / AFP
An 83-year-old lady has grew to become Chile’s first sufferer of the coronavirus pandemic, well being authorities stated Saturday.
Well being Minister Jaime Manalich earlier within the day stated that 103 new circumstances had been reported within the final 24 hours, taking the whole to over 500.
In Latin America, solely Brazil has registered extra circumstances.
Of Chile’s circumstances, 33 have been hospitalized and 359 are within the capital Santiago, Manalich stated.
Whereas the federal government has suggested individuals to remain indoors, no official quarantine measures have been introduced.
Even so, the streets of Santiago have been largely abandoned, and the now conventional Friday night anti-government protests that started in October have attracted few demonstrators.
Nevertheless seaside resorts in central Chile, round 100 kilometers from Santiago, have been full of individuals, inflicting concern amongst authorities.
Some native mayors have closed their cities to outsiders.
On Wednesday, President Sebastian Pinera declared a “state of catastrophe,” and the subsequent day Congress voted to delay from April to October a referendum on altering the nation’s dictatorship-era structure.
Earlier this week Pinera closed Chile’s borders to foreigners.