The Chilean medical association demands that the Government toughen the measures against COVID-19. The country is experiencing a high rebound in cases, with an average of 7000 infected and 100 deaths per day. Hospitals are collapsed and the capital is once again confined for the third time.
The president of the College of Physicians of Chile, Izkia Siches, points out: “The best strategy precisely for the economic sectors, from our perspective and also for society in general, is to advance in a strategy of elimination, close our borders and live in a strategy of much less viral circulation than we have to date”
The college delivered a series of proposals to the Government that includes modifying the deconfinement plan in stages implemented since the beginning of the pandemic, as well as the so-called “dynamic quarantines”, with movement restrictions that are imposed and lifted in each commune (neighborhood ) depending on the new infections.
The union proposes an epidemic short-circuit in which all non-essential activity is closed and that confines the population by areas according to the incidence of the coronavirus. In addition, if citizens want to access the most affected areas, they show that they have the complete vaccination schedule and that they test negative for COVID at least three days in advance. The Secretary of Health has indicated that the Government will study the proposal.
For Siches, “The dynamic quarantines have lost part of their effectiveness and the decisions of differentiated openings within connected territorial spaces have not collaborated in containing the transmission.”
The plan presented by Colmed includes five stages, the hardest being the so-called “epidemic short-circuit”, with a maximum duration of three weeks and applicable only to those regions with an incidence of cases per 100,000 inhabitants greater than 10.
In this first phase, the mobility pass is suspended and the closure of all economic activity not linked to the production and retail marketing of essential goods essential for households, the health sector and basic services such as water, electricity, gas and basic services is decreed. telecommunications.
One of the biggest criticisms of the Government is that during quarantines there are too many activities considered “essential”, so that mobility hardly decreases.
The medical union’s proposal also contemplates a more gradual deconfinement than the current one, with an emphasis on recreational and commercial outdoor activities and the opening of schools as soon as possible.
The Secretary of Health, Enrique Paris, has highlighted: “We have just received this proposal from the medical college and we will analyze it on its merit … This short circuit that they propose will obviously be studied in detail”
The worsening of the situation occurs in parallel to a successful vaccination campaign: 60% of the target population have already received two doses.
Santiago closes again
The 7 million residents of the capital start the week confined, with schools, non-essential shops and restaurants closed until further notice.
It is the third time since the beginning of the pandemic -which already leaves 1.46 million cases and 30,707 total deaths- that the 52 communes of the capital go into quarantine simultaneously, after the confinements of last April and the eight weeks of 2020.
However, it is a more lax confinement than the previous ones, since there are hardly any inspections and those who have the controversial vaccination card can go out to do sports and essential purchases without restrictions.