Chile reports over 542,000 cases of COVID-19, 15,106 deaths

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  • Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020

SANTIAGO, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chile's Ministry of Health on Monday reported 1,440 new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and 37 deaths from the disease in the last 24 hours, raising the total caseload to 542,080 and the death toll to 15,106.

Of the total caseload, 517,524 people have recovered, while 704 people are currently hospitalized in intensive care units, including 544 on ventilators and 76 in critical condition.

Chile remains under a state of catastrophe, with a nighttime curfew to reduce circulation and the spread of the virus. However, several cities have moved to relax lockdown measures, while others, mainly in the south, have had to revert to stricter lockdowns due to a rise in infections.

Also on Monday, Deputy Health Minister Paula Daza announced the opening to foreign visitors of the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, in Santiago, "under a strict sanitary protocol to reduce the possibility of infected persons entering Chile."

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