A 3% down variation experienced the number of active cases in the country in the last 7 days, while in the last 14 days, the recorded drop was 1%. On the other hand, the positivity rate reached 4% nationally, while in the Metropolitan Region it remained at 3%. This was reported by the health authorities in the context of the report of the coronavirus situation.
The Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, expressed concern for the southern regions of the country, because positivity has remained high in Los Ríos, La Araucanía and Magallanes. “We have seen how this pandemic has had asynchronous behavior in our country: a good evolution in the northern regions, a certain stabilization in the Metropolitan Region. However, we are concerned about how the number of cases in some southern regions has increased. That’s why we’ve continued to enhance our Testing, Traceability and Isolation (TTA) strategy.”
Regarding the number of PCR reviews reported, the authority stressed that, since the start of the pandemic, we have taken more than 5 million tests, one of the vital strategies for finding positive cases of COVID-19. “We know that 30% of active cases are asymptomatic and the Active Case Search (BAC) strategy has made it possible to find them,” he emphasized.
The Undersecretary of Healthcare Networks, Alberto Dougnac, for his part, gave his condolences to all relatives of the deceased, but especially to the health team of the Intensive Care Unit of the Hospital of La Florida for the death of Dr. Carol Ortiz, the result of complications arising from COVID. She was an intensivist physician during her more than 15-year career and was on the front line during the highest period of the pandemic. “She was a healthy young woman who contracted the disease outside the hospital. I believe that this message of youth, energy, vitality, knowledge, does not make us immune to this disease. We need to be aware of this fact, particularly in this period when the good weather is coming, we start to socialize, we are increasingly exposed. We can’t let our guard down. This enemy is in places where you least imagine and make this call because in the south we are seeing figures that concern us,” he said.
The Ministry of Health reported 1,550 new cases, of which 1,019 are symptomatic and 502 are asymptomatic.
The total number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the country reaches 539,143 of whom 9,224 are active. The cases recovered are 514,584.
As for deaths, according to information provided by the Department of Health Statistics and Information (DEIS), in the last 24 hours there were 27 deaths from COVID-19-associated causes. The total number of deaths is 15,030 in the country.
To date, 712 people are hospitalized in Intensive Care Units. Of these, the authority needed, 552 are with mechanical ventilation support and 78 are in critical health.
In relation to the Integrated Health Network, there are a total of 317 fans available to the patient who requires it, regardless of the region where they are located.
Regarding the Laboratory Network and diagnostic capacity, yesterday the results of 39,586 PCR tests were reported, reaching a total of 5,017,064 tests analyzed nationally.
The number of Health Residences available is 143 with 10,305 seats. Today they have 5,310 users considering all regions of the country. For more information, persons who are not conditions for effective quarantine in their home and require a transfer to a Health Residence can call Fono 800 726 666 or go to the website of the Ministry of Health, www.minsal.cl.