October 1: Chile ceased to be under the state of catastrophe decreed by the Government as a result of the pandemic, ending with the curfew that was imposed throughout the territory since March 2020 while this Thursday 895 new cases were detected, the highest figure in six weeks.
Nevertheless The Government will maintain the state of health alert for the pandemic until December 31. The measure will allow Sebastián Piñeira to continue to have “extraordinary tools” to face the health crisis in the country.
The change could be seen immediately in the main streets of Santiago, the capital of the South American country, where commerce extended its opening hours that remained restricted throughout the emergency.
“We make provisions to receive clients until the last minute. We hope that people will get used to the new schedules. The locomotion is supposed to work normally so people would have no problem leaving, ”merchants told local media.
The Executive’s resolution came last Monday shortly after announcing the reopening of borders to the entry of vaccinated foreigners as of October 1, after several weeks registering a significant decrease in cases and a positivity rate that today stands at 1.3 %.
“It was necessary to provide our country with greater and better tools to combat the coronavirus pandemic by allowing restricting the freedom and mobility of people through measures such as quarantines, sanitary cords and a curfew. This state of catastrophe allowed the collaboration of the Armed Forces in the control and supervision of the exceptional measures that the government had to adopt ”, said President Sebastián Piñera during the announcement.
With this new scenario there will no longer be regional or communal quarantines throughout the country, although measures such as the isolation of positives, close contacts, suspects and travelers will be maintained, as well as capacity limitations depending on the epidemiological situation.
To date, 1.6 million people infected with coronavirus have been detected in Chile and the number of deaths amounts to more than 45,000 people, considering confirmed and suspected cases, according to the Department of Statistics and Information of the Ministry of Health.A total of 378 patients are currently hospitalized in intensive care units (ICU), 273 of them with mechanical ventilation support.