Chile closed its borders on 18 March and a State of Catastrophe was decreed. The number of Covid-19 cases in Chile continues to rise and the President has declared that the health system is “…under strain and close to collapse”. More than 25,000 cases have been recorded in the Santiago metropolitan region in the past week and intensive care units are at 96% occupancy in Santiago. There is also increasing incidence of social unrest and protests, particularly in the poorer neighbourhoods, due to perceived lack of government aid.
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