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07 sept. 2020 | 17h24 UTC

Chile: Authorities ease COVID-19 restrictions in six communes of Santiago Metropolitan region September 7 /update 30

Chile Alerte de sécurité

Authorities ease COVID-19 restrictions in six communes of Santiago Metropolitan region on September 7; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/9/2020, 12h00 until 7/10/2020, 11h59 (America/Santiago). COUNTRY/REGION Chile, Recoleta commune (Santiago Metropolitan region), La Cisterna commune (Santiago Metropolitan region), La Granja commune (Santiago Metropolitan region), San Joaquín commune (Santiago Metropolitan region), San Ramón commune (Santiago Metropolitan region), San Miguel commune (Santiago Metropolitan region)

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Event

Authorities have eased coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions in six communes of Santiago Metropolitan region from 05:00 (local time) on Monday, September 7. Restrictions were eased in the communes of Recoleta, La Cisterna, La Granja, San Joaquín, San Ramón, and San Miguel. The government has already eased restrictions in another 22 communes of the Santiago Metropolitan region as part of a wider strategy to ease restrictions introduced due to the pandemic.

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

Authorities have banned small gatherings in towns under strict lockdown ahead of national holidays taking place between September 18 and September 20, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the announcement made on Sunday, September 6, towns under phase one (the most strict lockdown phase) will not be allowed to hold small gatherings during the national holidays, contrary to a previous announcement last week indicating that these would be allowed throughout the country. The decision comes after severe criticism was received from local government representatives of towns with high rates of infection and under strict lockdown orders, as they did not agree that restrictions should be relaxed over the national holiday period.

Chilean authorities also extended a nationwide state of catastrophe until September 25 amid fears of an increase in COVID-19 cases over the September 18 Independence Day holiday. The associated 23:00 to 05:00 (local time) curfew will also remain in place. It is mandatory to wear face masks on public transportation.

The Chilean government has also extended the closure of all land, sea, and air borders until September 12. 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.

As of September 7, there have been 422,510 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Chile with 11,592 associated deaths. 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:

  • 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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