By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

After reporting their first case of the UK COVID-19 virus variant in late December, Health Minister Enrique Paris reported Monday the confirmation of a second case of contagion with the British variant of COVID-19 in the country. This is a person from the Maule region who is asymptomatic.

“He is a patient who was reported today from the Maule region. He arrived in Santiago on December 22 from Madrid on an Iberia flight. He is in good general condition, asymptomatic and is hospitalized on a preventive basis, “said the Minister of Health.

The epidemiological investigation of the Health Authority determined that the new reported case was not close contact of the first reported case in the country and that all its contacts were identified and placed in preventive quarantine.

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In addition, Paris said Chileans and foreigners residing in Chile must have a negative PCR to enter the country. The measure begins to take effect from Thursday, January 7 at 05:00 hours and is added to those already existing on international travelers.

Lastly, Chilean lawmakers on presented a bill before Congress that would make vaccination against the coronavirus mandatory.

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Bill sponsor Gabriel Silber said the bill would help ensure the effectiveness of the country’s ambitious vaccination program.

Chile was the first country in South America to begin a COVID-19 vaccination program.

To date, Chile has reported 625,483 total cases, including 16,816 deaths.

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