Chile reaches a positivity rate of 15.8%, the highest since 2020

Santiago de Chile, Jan 25 (EFE) .- The Chilean health authorities reported this Tuesday on the detection of 14,291 new infections by covid-19 and a national positivity rate of 15.8%, the highest since July 2020 , amid an accelerated spread of the omicron variant in recent weeks. The variation of confirmed cases throughout the country, as reported by the Ministry of Health, is 69% in seven days and 314% in the last 14, while 67,018 patients remain active throughout the territory, that is, with capacity to spread the virus. In the Metropolitan Region, which houses the capital and where more than 7 million people live, positivity stood at 13.5%, although the regions with the highest positivity in the last week were Tarapac√°, Magallanes, Arica and Parinacota, and Antofagasta. One of these new contagions was the future Minister of Finance and current President of the Central Bank, Mario Marcel. To date, Chile has deployed one of the most successful vaccination campaigns in the world, with 92.6% of the target population -more than 15 million people- inoculated with two doses or a single dose and 11.8 million vaccines booster already administered. From the second week of February, a fourth dose will begin to be applied massively with a “heterologous scheme”, which consists of combining different vaccines and which has proven “to be successful”, according to the Minister of Health, Enrique Paris. For the vaccination campaign, doses from the Sinovac laboratory have been used, but also Pfizer, AstraZeneca and CanSino, while on Monday the Government announced the purchase of 2 million Moderna vaccines that are still waiting to be approved by the Public Health Institute (ISP). ). The country, which has more than 2 million infections and more than 39,000 confirmed deaths since the start of the pandemic, enjoys wide freedoms, has had its borders open since October and does not register any municipality in total quarantine.

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