Chile's official urges social distancing as communities emerge from lockdown

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-29 13:56:32|Editor: huaxia

SANTIAGO, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chilean Deputy Minister of Public Health Paula Daza on Monday called on residents in capital Santiago and the metropolitan area to comply with social distancing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Most of the region is emerging from lockdown, with only two communes, or towns, remaining under lockdown measures due to continuous reports of COVID-19 cases.

"It is important that we respect the restrictions that each (reopening) step entails. For example, let's not forget that in Step 2 of the transition, lockdown is maintained on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, that a maximum of 20 people can participate in social gatherings in outdoor spaces and 10 indoors, including the homeowners," Daza told local press.

German Codina, mayor of Puente Alto, the largest commune in the country with more than 600,000 inhabitants, told reporters that so far residents are complying with the restrictions.

"We have seen that people have behaved very responsibly," but "we still have to keep calling on people to understand that the best 'vaccine' is self-care," he said.

According to the health ministry, Chile reported 57 fatalities and 1,770 new infections in the past 24 hours, taking the country's death toll and total caseload to 12,698 and 459,671, respectively. Enditem