With advances in vaccination and a drop in covid cases, Chile eases restrictions

With advances in vaccination and a drop in covid cases, Chile eases restrictions

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With advances in vaccination and a drop in covid cases, Chile eases restrictions

The President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, announced on Thursday (8.Jul.2021) the flexibility of measures to contain the coronavirus in the country. The main changes are the resumption of classroom teaching and the opening of trade. Curfews and border closures were maintained.

The country of 19 million inhabitants has already vaccinated more than 57% of the population and almost 68% of citizens over 12 years old have already received at least the 1st dose. The data are from Our World in Data.

The number of victims of covid-19 has been decreasing with the advance of vaccination. The main immunizing agent applied in Chile is that of the Sinovac laboratory.

The last wave with high infection rates was in April and May, when circulation restrictions eased.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, education in the country is mostly carried out remotely. Now, the plan baptized by the Chilean government as “Step by step” (“Paso a Paso” in Spanish) is prioritizing the return of in-person classes. However, at this 1st moment, sending children to schools will be at the parents’ discretion.

From next week onwards, traffic restrictions on weekends will be reduced. The Chilean government authorized the return of activities such as cinemas and public at sporting events. Changes vary between different regions of the country, according to the incidence of new cases and the advance of vaccination.

The borders, however, remain closed to foreigners. There are also resident restrictions due to the threat of Delta variant propagation. The curfew was maintained, but its hours were reduced in regions with a lower incidence of covid.

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