The president of Chile, Sebastian Piñera, and the first lady, Cecilia Morel, have been in preventive quarantine this Tuesday, January 12, by having “close contact” with a person diagnosed with coronavirus, who works in the presidential house.
Both “are without symptoms and the routine PCR test performed yesterday, Monday the 11th, at 8:00 p.m. yielded negative result ”for the COVID-19, indicates a statement published by the Presidency.
This is the first time that the Chilean ruler undergoes this measure from the start of the pandemic. Sebastian Piñera (71) and Morel (66) ―considered as risk people, since they are over 65 years old— “will maintain their activities electronically” and will spend a minimum of 14 days in preventive confinement.
The Government spokesperson, Jaime BellolioHe explained on Infinite Radio that the Regional Ministerial Health Secretariat “is already in contact with the person who came out positive at the president’s house.”
Chile, which adds 649,135 infected and 17,182 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in March, so it is immersed in a second wave of contagion, after having experienced the first peak between June and July.
After several days exceeding the barrier of 4,000 daily cases, a figure not seen since May, this Tuesday 3,238 new cases were registered and a positive rate of 7.5% over the total PCR performed in the last 24 hours.
To stop the new infections, authorities announced Monday that 42 communes, mainly in the south, They will be confined as of Thursday and that citizens in quarantine will go from the current 1.4 million to almost 4 million, which represents more than 20% of the total population.
Chile, which opened its borders in November and asks for a negative PCR and a ten-day quarantine of all people who arrive, is in a state of exception until March and with a curfew between 10.00 pm and 5.00 am
The country, one of the most PCR tests performed per million inhabitants of the world, began vaccination on December 24 and has already inoculated more than 10,000 health workers.
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