Chile’s COVID-19 caseload reaches 179,436, with 3,362 deaths

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SANTIAGO, June 15 (Xinhua) — Chile on Monday reported 179,436 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and 3,362 people have died of the disease.

In the past 24 hours ending 9 p.m. local time Sunday (0100 GMT Monday), 5,143 new cases of infection were detected and 39 more patients died.

Of the new cases, 4,660 presented symptoms and 483 were asymptomatic.

Some 27,282 cases are considered active and are being treated or in quarantine. Of those, 1,463 patients are connected to a ventilator, including 385 in critical condition.

Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera said Monday he was extending a national state of catastrophe, which was declared in March to better manage the health crisis, by 90 more days as the virus continues to spread.

The state of catastrophe was originally launched on March 18 and was due to expire on Tuesday. Extending it allows the government to continue to impose controls, such as a curfew, to slow the spread of the virus.

Chile’s borders will also remain sealed, schools suspended and non-essential businesses closed.

On Sunday, Pinera unveiled an emergency fund of 12 billion U.S. dollars to finance the measures needed to tackle the virus over the next two years. Enditem

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