– New cases of COVID-19 nationwide have decreased by 34% in the last seven days and 44% in the last fourteen.
The Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, during the report on the situation of the pandemic pointed out that “there is a decrease in new cases of COVID-19 of 34% compared to the last 7 days and 44% in the last fourteen, there is a considerable drop in new cases ”.
Along these lines, the authority stated that “all regions of the country have decreased their new cases in the last seven days, while the drop in positivity of cases from PCR examinations continues continuous and today we have a rate of less than 3%, reaching 2.91% nationwide, thanks to the efforts of so many inhabitants of Chile, Health officials, officials of the Ministry of Health and Primary Health Care, and all the health institutions in the country.
The percentage of occupancy of beds in Intensive Care Units is 87%. Regarding this figure, the Secretary of State explained that “COVID-19 patients represent 56%, while the remaining 44% are surgical patients or those who were in waiting list, therefore there has been an important change in the composition of people hospitalized in critical units ”.
«The number of confirmed cases within seven days expressed per one hundred thousand inhabitants reaches 81 cases, this decrease has occurred in a very important way and we have dropped from 327 cases per one hundred thousand inhabitants to 81 cases, which is a decrease in the 75%, this is thanks to the fact that people are taking better care of themselves, they are following the recommendations related to risk communication since they are vaccinated, “said the head of the portfolio.
Minister Paris indicated that revenues to these critical units have decreased by 65% in the seven-day moving average, while deaths have decreased by 18% in the last seven days.
Regarding these figures, the Secretary of State stated that “it means that we are making progress but we have not overcome the pandemic or defeated the virus. We are not triumphant, but quite the opposite, we think that we have to continue working hard and get used to living with the virus, it is imperative to continue complying with health regulations.
Self-care, testing and isolation
Currently, 154 communes are in Transition, 138 in Preparation and 24 in Initial Opening of the Step by Step Plan, which represent a population of more than 18 million people, who with their Mobility Pass will be able to access spaces that previously did not they were allowed.
In this regard, the Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza, stated that “this requires a responsible attitude from each one of us, not only in maintaining self-care measures but also using three strategies that the State grants free of charge to stop and avoid contagions: Vaccination, testing and isolation ».
In this line, the authority recalled that this week fourteen-year-olds may be vaccinated and, in addition, made a call for parents to encourage the immunization of their children.
Undersecretary Daza stressed the importance for the population to acquire the habit of testing, which is why Active Case Search mobiles have been enabled throughout the country, which are located in crowded places. “It is important to do so even when we do not have symptoms because currently three out of ten new cases are asymptomatic,” said the authority.
As for isolation, Undersecretary Daza reported that about 86% of active cases are carried out at home. “We must ensure that these isolations are effective so that they do not infect those closest to them, that is why we are working on a control of home isolation with the aim of monitoring compliance,” said the authority who added that the socio-national pairs will be strengthened. who will verify the presence and permanence of confirmed cases, probable or close contacts in their homes.
COVID-19 immunization campaign
Minister Paris announced that during this day 816 thousand doses of AstraZenaca vaccines arrived in the country and that new shipments of Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines are expected to enter the country this week.
“With the arrival of more than 800 thousand doses of AstraZeneca, we have managed to reach the sum of 27 million vaccines,” the authority remarked.
To date, 13,001,707 people have been vaccinated with the first dose, which is equivalent to 85.53% of the target population, while 11,693,055 people have completed their immunization schedule, which is equivalent to 76.92% of the target population.
Regarding these figures, the Secretary of State stressed that “Chile is the fourth country in the world with the highest vaccination rate, that should make us proud but we must not forget to comply with prevention measures.”
Regarding the progress of the immunization campaign against influenza, 5,887,150 people have been vaccinated.
Step by Step Plan
Undersecretary Daza announced the following modifications to the Step by Step plan, which will take effect on Thursday, July 22 at 5:00 a.m.
They advance to Transition, in the Atacama region, the district of Diego de Almagro; in Biobío, the commune of Santa Juana; in La Araucanía, the communes of Villarrica, Pucón, Saavedra, Curacautín and Loncoche; in Los Ríos, the commune of Lanco; and, in Los Lagos, the commune of Puqueldón.
They advance to Preparation, in the region of Arica and Parinacota, the commune of Arica; in Atacama, the commune of Vallenar; in Valparaíso, the communes of Cabildo, Valparaíso, Casablanca and Zapallar; in O’Higgins, the communes of Las Cabras and Chépica; in Maule, the Cauquenes commune; in Ñuble, the communes of Ninhue and Pemuco; in Biobío, the communes of Tucapel, Nacimiento and Negrete; in La Araucanía, the communes of Ercilla, Pitrufquén, Vilcún and Cholchol; and, in Los Ríos, the commune of La Unión.
They advance to Initial Opening, in the Antofagasta region, the Antofagasta commune; in Maule, the communes of Empedrado and Vichuquén; in Ñuble, the communes of Quirihue, Cobquecura, Pinto and Bulnes; and, in Los Lagos, the commune of Quinchao.
Meanwhile, they go back to Transition, in the Biobío region, the Quilaco commune; and, in La Araucanía, the commune of Purén.
Regarding the curfew, Undersecretary Daza reported that in the regions of Valparaíso, Biobío and Los Lagos its duration will be shortened, starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 20, ruling between 00:00 and 05:00 hours.
According to today’s report, delivered by the Undersecretary of Healthcare Networks, Alberto Dougnac, during this day the National Network of Clinical Laboratories reported the results of 33,868 PCR tests and antigen tests, of which 1,015 were positive. “PCR positivity in the last 24 hours was 2.91% nationwide, the lowest so far this year,” the authority said.
In the Metropolitan Region, 10,004 examinations were carried out between both techniques, of which 355 were positive, reaching a positivity of 3%.
In this way, the total number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in the country reaches 1,600,883, of which 11,575 remain active and 1,553,145 people have recovered.
As for deaths, according to the information provided by the Department of Statistics and Health Information (DEIS), the death of 25 people was registered, with which the total number of deaths associated with COVID-19, amounts to 34,539 people in the country.
Currently, the Integrated Health Network has 4,063 enabled critical beds, of which 3,542 are occupied. Regarding these figures, Undersecretary Dogunac pointed out that “it represents 87% occupancy, something that we had not reached since December 20, 2020.”
At the national level, the authority detailed that “all regions maintain an occupation of less than 95%, highlighting Tarapacá with 49%, Aysén with 53% and Magallanes with 60%.”
Regarding the Metropolitan Region, the undersecretary specified that “it registers 91% occupancy, a figure that we had not reached since January 2 of this year, with more than 200 critical beds.”
Regarding the total number of occupied ICU units nationwide, 1,991 of them correspond to severe cases of COVID-19, 356 less than 7 days ago and 1,299 less than on June 10. Nationwide, the network has 521 critical beds available.
Regarding the admissions of COVID-19 patients to an Intensive Care Unit, the authority reported that “it continues to decline significantly as a result of the decrease in infections that we have been witnessing for a few weeks. To date, an average of 81 patients are admitted to an ICU bed per day, 63 less than in the first wave and 156 less than in the second.
With regard to the Health Residences, we have 183 accommodation facilities, with 14,244 total beds. The real occupation nationwide is 40%, leaving a total of 6,758 beds available to be used. For more information, people can call Fono 800 726 666 or visit the website of the Ministry of Health www.minsal.cl.