SANTIAGO, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- COVID-19 cases has been going up in Chile this week, primarily in the southern region of the country, a team of experts said on Thursday.
New infections rose from 10.74 to 12.28 per 100,000 inhabitants, close to the level in early May during the first wave of the pandemic, according to a report by experts from the University of Chile, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and the University of Concepcion.
"The dynamics of contagion at the national level continue to be worrying and show signs of worsening, dominated this time by the loads and rates of transmissions that are markedly high in the southern regions, especially the regions of Maule, Biobio, and Magallanes," the report said.
Although there is no evidence of a new outbreak of COVID-19 in these regions, it said, it is the first time such a high level of cases has been observed in these areas.
In the north of the country, the town of Arica has reached "very high levels both in load and transmission," while in the rest of the country "the situation is unstable," said the report. For this reason, authorities view with concern the increase in mobility expected during the upcoming national holidays.
"The pandemic has not stopped; we have to keep our guard up ... It is logical that there will be outbreaks," Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris said.
The Health Ministry reported that the country had registered 428,669 cases of COVID-19 in the country as of Thursday, with 11,781 deaths. Enditem