The Ministry of Health was emphatic in stating that “if today we enjoy greater freedoms it is for a better epidemiological moment, but to get to this moment we go through a saturated health system and lamenting a large number of deaths daily, passing through extensive quarantines and see our seniors locked up. “
Dr. Enrique Paris, in charge of the Minsal, returned to the televised report of the pandemic from La Moneda to reiterate that the objective is “to avoid going backwards, therefore individual responsibility must prevail and we must continue to take care of ourselves. Despite having a booster dose and less hospitalized in ICU, let’s measure how much we have advanced and obviously we do not want to go back “.
The health authority reported less than a thousand cases of Covid-19, after three days above this figure. And according to the Health portfolio, the good results are due to the fact that the booster doses of the vaccine, according to an internal study, “showed that with any of the three vaccines in Chile as a booster, the effectiveness to avoid hospitalization increases.”
That is what is important for Minister Paris, who, however, stressed that “we are still in a pandemic, it is not over yet, therefore we continue to take care of ourselves and move forward.”
“If we analyze the risk of hospitalization, of those people who acquired the disease between August 18 and September 16, we can conclude that on average 2.7% of each infected person ends up being hospitalized in critical beds,” he added the Undersecretary of Healthcare Networks, Alberto Dougnac, explaining that “at an older age the possibility of requiring a critical bed increases once being infected. And this probability is even higher when the person does not have a complete vaccination scheme.”
Dr. Dougnac also confirmed that mortality has had a “sustained downward trend, which we have been showing, 67% less since the week of August 28. We regret the deaths, but this decrease undoubtedly makes us very happy” .
Meanwhile, the Undersecretary of Public Health, Paula Daza pointed out that indeed “we have witnessed an increase in cases, particularly in some regions such as the Metropolitan, Valparaíso, Los Ríos and Los Lagos.” However, he maintained that “this increase is far from close to the hardest periods such as April and May.”
In this sense, Dr. Daza stressed that “we continue with a positivity of around 1 or 2%”. But he said that what worries them is “a decrease in people’s perception of risk against the coronavirus.”
“We are also facing a more contagious variant, delta, of which more than 60% are asymptomatic people. That is why it is so important that we continue with inoculation strategies and one of the basic pillars is that vaccination with the dose of Reinforcement produces a significant increase in antibodies, it is important that the schedule is met, “added the Undersecretary of Health.
According to today’s report, there were 996 new cases of Covid-19 and 7 deaths (37,571 in total), in the last 24 hours. Of the total of new infections, 629 presented symptoms, 249 are asymptomatic and 118 have not yet been notified.
The Minsal confirmed that there are 5,496 active cases in the country, while 1,617,035 people have recovered.
The results are based on 46,602 PCR tests performed during the last day, with a positivity of 1.9% at the country level and 2% in the Metropolitan Region.
It was also reported that there are 336 critical beds available throughout the country’s healthcare network. This gives a total occupancy of 84%. And that 358 covid-19 patients are in the ICU.
Currently 261 people are currently connected to mechanical ventilation, the lowest figure since there is a record, according to data from the Ministry of Health.