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20 Apr 2020 | 12:49 PM UTC

Chile: Over 10,000 COVID-19 cases confirmed April 20 /update 13

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Chile confirms over 10,000 cases of COVID-19 as of April 20; take precautions against virus

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/19/2020, 11:00 PM until 5/16/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Santiago). COUNTRY/REGION Chile

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As of Monday, April 20, there are 10,088 confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Chile, surpassing the 10,000 mark on Sunday, April 19. The Ministry of Health announced that 43 percent of those infected have recovered, about 4338 people, while 373 people are in critical condition. The death toll stands at 133.

LATAM Airlines announced on Friday, April 17, that it would be canceling 95 percent of scheduled flights in May due to a decrease in demand amid the pandemic. The airline will continue to operate minimal domestic flight schedules in Brazil and Chile. All but two international routes, from Santiago and Sao Paulo (Brazil) to Miami (Florida state, US), will remain suspended.

Further, Chilean authorities announced the extension of border closures until Wednesday, April 22. Under the measure, foreign nationals without a valid residency card will be prohibited from entering the country. The restriction will not apply to Chilean nationals. The closure first entered into effect on Wednesday, March 18, and does not apply to cargo and associated personnel.

President Sebastian Piñera initially declared a state of catastrophe on Wednesday, March 18, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration entered into effect on Thursday, March 19, and will remain in place for 90 days. This will enable authorities to implement more restrictive measures progressively as the COVID-19 situation evolves. The government also announced a nationwide curfew on Sunday, March 22, between the hours of 22:00 and 05:00 (local time). Road checks operated by security services may be active in some regions of Santiago. Additionally, a ban on public gatherings of more than 500 people remains in place.

The Ministry of Education announced on Wednesday, March 25, that school closures will be extended through the month of April, and while a precise date was not announced, schools are now expected to reopen in May.

Further international spread of the virus is expected over the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly, and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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