Chile says fewer ICU patients a sign of stabilizing COVID-19 outbreak


SANTIAGO, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) — Chilean Minister of Health Enrique Paris on Tuesday indicated the country’s novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was stabilizing.

According to Paris, the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICUs) around the country “has been fewer than 800 for 20 days.”

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Although the South American country sees “signs of stability” in that sense, it is necessary “to continue reducing new cases,” said Paris, urging continued prevention measures.

The Ministry of Health reported 1,009 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of people who have tested positive for the virus since the start of the outbreak here to 514,202.

Also in the past day, 17 more patients died of the disease, raising the death toll to 14,319.

Currently, 727 patients remain in ICUs, including 590 on ventilators and 81 in critical condition, the ministry said.

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