Chile’s COVID-19 cases reach 275,999; total 5,575 deaths confirmed

SANTIAGO – Chile on Monday reported a total of 275,999 coronavirus infections since the outbreak began in the country, and 4,017 in the last 24 hours.

In a press conference, Health Minister Enrique Paris said 66 new deaths were registered in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related fatalities to 5,575.

Paris said that “the trend towards incipient improvement remains” and that “at national level there is a decrease of 20% of new cases in the last 7 days.”

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Some 34,270 cases are considered active nationwide, either receiving treatment or remaining in isolation at more than 150 special isolation centers set up by the government.

Chile has had a state of catastrophe in place, including a curfew in hard-hit areas since late March that has seen soldiers and police officers deployed in the streets to enforce lockdown orders and other restrictions. Despite those measures, the outbreak spiked in May.

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