Chile celebrated success against the coronavirus and began to open up. Infections have soared.
They now appear to have been overconfident.
After weeks of soaring infections, Chile has now reported more than 250,000 cases of the coronavirus, seventh in the world, and 4,500 deaths. Officials said over the weekend that 3,000 more deaths were probably caused by covid-19. Its 1,338.9 cases per 100,000 people lead Latin America.
As in other countries, the outbreak in this South American nation of 19 million has spread from rich to poor, increasing in devastation as it infects more vulnerable people.
Early cases were concentrated in a younger demographic in the wealthier areas of Santiago, keeping hospitalizations and deaths relatively low and leading officials to believe that the outbreak was contained. But the movement of workers across the capital soon carried the virus to poorer, overcrowded neighborhoods. The approach of imposing and lifting “dynamic” lockdowns by area proved unsuccessful.
“The government missed an early opportunity when they didn’t do enough to track contagion or isolate returning travelers in the richer northeastern suburbs — …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]