SANTIAGO, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chile on Tuesday reported the lowest number of new daily cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 20 days, after 1,263 people tested positive in the previous 24 hours.
It was the lowest figure since Aug. 19, when 1,233 daily cases were reported, according to Ministry of Science data based on daily coronavirus reports by the Ministry of Health.
Chile's total caseload now stands at 425,541.
In the same 24 hours, 30 more patients died of the disease, bringing the death toll to 11,682.
Also on Tuesday, Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris underscored the importance of telemedicine in attending to COVID-19 patients, who can be highly contagious.
It is important "to provide telemedicine and avoid patients having to come to the office, and instead treat them by computer, as we just saw with a patient who was being monitored because she has coronavirus," said Paris.
"This is a very important advance," he said.
Several medical centers in poorer towns are monitoring and tracing COVID-19 cases through Chile's "Telehealth model, which allows remote care and communication with COVID and non-COVID patients," he said.