Chile closes year with over 1.8 million COVID-19 cases

SANTIAGO, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — Chile closed the year of 2021 with over 1.8 million COVID-19 cases, after reporting 1,831 infections and 19 deaths in the last 24 hours, for a cumulative total of 1,806,494 cases and 39,115 deaths, the Ministry of Health said Friday.

It also announced in its daily report that 1,752,914 people have recovered from the disease so far, while 8,833 are in the active stage.


The South American country registered a positivity rate of 2.85 percent nationally in the last day, and 2 percent in the Santiago Metropolitan Region, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the regions with the highest positivity rate in the last week were Los Rios, La Araucania, Valparaiso and Tarapaca, the latter with the highest incidence rate per 100,000 inhabitants in the country.

Chile also ended the year with 94 percent of its target population (15.2 million people) vaccinated with at least one vaccine dose against COVID-19, the ministry added.

As of Jan. 1, 2022, the booster shot will be mandatory for those over 18 years old who want to keep their mobility pass or health card enabled.

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