The British media, The Telegraph, has issued a statement explaining why the epidemic continues unabated Chile, Although the country has undergone a uniquely successful vaccination process in Latin America.
Written by a journalist Simeon Tegel, The report shows that Chilean doctors have blamed the government of President Sebastian Pinera COVID-19 By reopening the economy in advance. ”
“Daily infections break records. Intensive care beds are low again A hospital in the coastal city of Valparaiso has run out of space in its morgue and is now storing corpses in the corridors, ”he said in a statement released on Saturday, April 3.
The hike was so disgraceful that the Chilean government announced it would close its borders throughout April, effective from 5 Monday. With these records, the country has surpassed one million epidemics (1,003,406) and reached 23,328 deaths. The first case was discovered on March 3, 2020.
“Public health professionals are now looking at the experience Chile An example of what not to do in other countries They hope to speed up the vaccination process and reopen their economies, including the UK, as soon as possible. ”
According to the text, the Pinara government “relaxed the restrictions, despite warnings from doctors, that the introduction of vaccines into the country was earlier than in other parts of Latin America.”
For example, he created a permit system to allow one-time travel around Chile., Allowing summer vacations to take place, and reopening schools and borders. However, by not monitoring the arrival of foreign visitors, the virus spread throughout the territory, with variations from Brazil and the United Kingdom.
Despite the success of the vaccination process, “Herd immunity cannot come fast, especially for medical professionals in Chile”, Indicates telegraph. “One in four is currently on leave and has been drowned by the worst COVID-19 patients in over a year.”
The situation is critical in four regions of the country: Valparaராசso, El Moul, O’Higgins and La Metropolitana, which have reached record numbers of daily epidemics compared to those recorded in the first waves.
For 15 days in the early days, the sale of goods such as clothing and footwear in supermarkets was prohibited and the personal travel permit was only twice a week, which was criticized by the union. This is in addition to a severe isolation of about 16.5 million people since last weekend.
Chile is investigating whether the increase in cases is due to a new variation
Minister of Health, Enrique Paris, Announced on Saturday, April 3, that his team was investigating whether there was a spread of the disease due to a new variant that emerged in the South.
During his speech, a journalist asked if he could talk about one “Chilean Variation”, The Paris-based public health agency “permanently makes the array of samples to search for any strain or variation that determines an increase in the number of cases.”
“We were doing 176 shows a week. Next, thanks to the collaboration of the Ministry of Science and several university labs that have followed this quest, we will deploy 500 weekly samples to search for any new strain Or the increase in cases is strange enough to explain it, ”the senior official said.
Rise of cases in Chile: What went wrong in the face of the virus?
Last year, in contrast to what has been seen in recent days Chile In many cases it added up to 7,000 infections. To Solidad Martinez, The professor at the country’s university’s public health school has two hypotheses about failure This situation, although he clarified that there is not enough evidence to confirm it.
First, the origin of the P1 (found in Brazil) and P.1.1.7 (found in the UK) types They have been confirmed to be highly contagious. “They make a very serious picture, and then they may eventually be the cause,” he pointed out to the newspaper.
“This exaggeration given the second Vaccine, Because this is good news Chile It worked very well, but it led to population relaxation and risk communication measures, so people were relaxed and there were more epidemics, ”Martinez said.
With information from EFE and AFP.