COVID-19 pandemic in Chile

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COVID-19 pandemic in Chile
Map of regions with confirmed cases (as of 12 May):
  1–9 confirmed
  10–99 confirmed
  100–499 confirmed
  500–999 confirmed
  1000–9999 confirmed
  ≥10000 confirmed
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
Index caseTalca
Arrival date3 March 2020
(4 years, 3 weeks and 6 days)
Confirmed cases34,381
Government website Nuevo Coronavirus COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached Chile on March 2020.[1]

As of March 2020 there is a COVID-19 outbreak in Chile. The country passed a thousand confirmed cases on 25 March 2020.

First cases[change | change source]

On 3 March, The Minister of Public Health confirmed the first case of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Chile, thus making the country the fifth in Latin America to report such an instance after Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador and Argentina.[2]

The next day, two more cases were confirmed.[3]

Responses[change | change source]

On 13 March, President Sebastián Piñera announced a ban on public events with more than 500 people, as the government tries to control the spread of coronavirus.[4] A week later, he announced a state emergency.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Chile records first confirmed case of coronavirus: health ministry". Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  2. "Confirman primer caso de coronavirus en Chile: paciente está en Talca". (in Spanish). 3 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  3. "Esposa de médico con coronavirus también está contagiada". Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  4. "Chile bans large public events over coronavirus fears, ahead of planned protests". reuters. No. Mar2020. 15 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  5. "Coronavirus en Chile: Piñera decreta estado de catástrofe por 90 días". Oasis FM (in European Spanish). No. Mar2020. Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 18 March 2020.