Chile COVID-19 Cases Crosses 174,293 with Peak still Weeks Away

Chile has reported 174,293 cases of COVID-19, with 3,323 deaths, as of Sunday.

In the past 24 hours ending 9 p.m. Saturday, 6,938 new cases of infection were detected and 222 more patients died, the country’s health ministry said.

Of the new cases, 6,368 presented symptoms and 570 were asymptomatic, while 27,266 cases remain active, meaning they are receiving treatment or quarantining at home.

Currently, 1,465 patients are connected to a ventilator, including 399 in critical condition.

Since the outbreak began here in March, 840,150 tests have been carried out to detect the virus, with 20,151 tests applied in the past 24 hours alone, according to the ministry.

Chile’s outbreak picked up speed in May, when it began to register the fastest rates of infection and mortality since March.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Saturday replaced his health minister, Jaime Manalich, who had come under fire from a range of sectors for his handling of the epidemic, and appointed surgeon Enrique Paris to head the ministry.

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