Chile's Health Minister Says Coronavirus Could Still Mutate Into A 'Better Person' Amid Lockdown Calls

March 23, 2020

Chile's health minister has dismissed calls for the country to impose a national lockdown to help combat the spread of the coronavirus as it could yet mutate into a "better person."


Speaking to Canal 24 Horas on Friday, Jaime Manalich said Chilean President Sebastian Pinera should not bow to pressure to order Chile's residents go into quarantine like neighboring Argentina, which has fewer confirmed cases of the virus.


A total of 56 mayors from central Chile wrote an open letter to Pinera asking him to place the country on lockdown on Friday, reported Reuters.


The number of confirmed cases in the South American country currently stands at 632 with one fatality, reports Johns Hopkins University.


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