Chile reports nearly 700,000 cases of COVID-19

SANTIAGO, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chile reported 4,498 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, for a total of 699,110 cases, as well as 79 more deaths, bringing the death toll to 17,933, reported the Ministry of Health.

According to the ministry, the country has registered a 37 percent increase in cases over the last two weeks. So far, 654,101 people have recovered from the disease while 26,682 are in the active stage.

The Ministry of Health announced that 1,263 people are hospitalized in intensive care units, with 1,070 on ventilators and 85 in critical condition.

Authorities reported another 65,500 tests for the disease were administered over the last 24 hours, with a positivity rate of 6.87 percent.

As to vaccination, health authorities said that 55,575 people have been vaccinated with the first dose so far, while 8,364 have received the first and second doses.

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