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Chile Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, reported today that there were 449 new cases of COVID-19. This out of  56,394 tests performed in the last 24 hours.

At the national level, the difference of new confirmed cases is -5% and -29% for the comparison of 7 and 14 days, respectively. There are 12 regions that have decreased their new cases in the last 7 days and 13 in the last 14.

The positivity of cases by PCR in the last 24 hours is 0.88%, equal to the average of the last 7 days. The positivity of cases by antigen for the same period is 0.2% and the average of the last 7 days is 0.8% ”, explained the authority.

Minister Paris added, “with a sustained large number of daily exams, the positivity for the last 24 hours at the country level is 0.88% and in the Metropolitan Region it is 1%.”

Based on region, said the Minister of Health, “according to the sampling, the highest positivity of cases by average PCR in the last 7 days corresponds to the regions of Arica and Parinacota, Antofagasta, Metropolitana and O’Higgins.”

Finally, Minister Paris reported that “the regions with an increase in new confirmed cases in the last 7 days are: Aysén, Arica and Parinacota, Antofagasta and Atacama. Arica and Parinacota have the highest current incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Atacama, Antofagasta and Tarapacá”.

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The total number of people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the country has reached 1,644,071.  In the last 24 hours there were 31 deaths due to causes associated with COVID-19. The total number of deaths is 37,232 in the country.

During the past month, Chile recorded 15,337 cases and 870 deaths.