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28 août 2020 | 21h00 UTC

Chile: Authorities extend border closures until September 12 /update 26

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Chilean authorities extend border closures until September 12; heed official instructions

TIMEFRAME expected from 28/8/2020, 12h00 until 12/9/2020, 11h59 (America/Santiago). COUNTRY/REGION Chile

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Event

The Chilean government has extended the closure of all land, sea, and air borders until September 12, to further curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. The restrictions do not apply to Chilean nationals, and citizens and permanent residents are still permitted to enter the country, although they will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The closure does not apply to freight operations and associated personnel. A nationwide curfew remains in place between 23:00 and 05:00 (local time), and it is mandatory to wear face masks on public transportation.

The Chilean government utilizes a five-phased reopening plan, with different levels of restrictions in place depending on the phase a region/community is at, with the government tightening/easing restrictions based on COVID-19 cases. A list of the communes and their level of restrictions can be found here

As of Friday, August 28, there have been 405,927 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chile, with 11,132 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

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). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

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

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

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 COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

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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 COVID-19 call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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