SANTIAGO, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Chile's Minister of Health Enrique Paris on Wednesday said 16 percent of the 1,684 new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection detected in the past 24 hours were discovered through active search.
Active search is part of an anti-COVID-19 strategy that consists of seeking out cases of infection through testing of segments of the population whether or not they have symptoms of the disease, said Paris.
In the capital Santiago and the metropolitan region, 12 percent of cases were detected through the government strategy, he said.
Chile's new cases brought the total number of people who have tested positive since the outbreak began here to 462,991.
In the same 24-hour period, 16 more patients died of the disease, taking the death toll to 12,741.
According to the Ministry of Health, the proposed national budget for 2021 includes some 12.3 million U.S. dollars to tackle the coronavirus and treat mental health issues, among other ailments.
The budget, unveiled on Tuesday by President Sebastian Pinera, also includes two extraordinary funds: one for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines and another to attend to waiting lists of patients suffering from health matters that have taken a backseat to the pandemic.
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