COVID-19 PCR positivity rate in Chile drops to 4 pct, says Ministry of Health

SANTIAGO, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- The positivity rate of PCR tests to detect the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Chile has reached 4 percent, Chilean Minister of Health Enrique Paris reported on Friday.

Paris said that "the positivity rate at the national level reached 4 percent in the last 24 hours, after 36,880 PCR exams were reported," for a total of 4,269,503 tests administered.

He added that new cases fell 9 percent over the last seven days and 6 percent over the last two weeks, and said that 12 regions of the country had lowered the number of new daily cases of COVID-19 over the last week.

The ministry reported 1,529 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 508,571 cases, as well as 40 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 14,158.

Currently, 764 people are hospitalized in intensive care units, with 617 on ventilators and 84 in critical condition.

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