Coronavirus: Chile quarantines 1.3 million people in Santiago

SANTIAGO (REUTERS) - Chile's government on Wednesday (March 25) announced a general quarantine for large parts of capital Santiago after the country surpassed 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began locally at the start of March.

Health Minister Jaime Manalich said in an address from La Moneda presidential palace that the total ban on movement would begin on Thursday night and last for seven days.

The measure applies to 1.3 million people living mainly in the wealthy eastern areas of the city where the virus first surfaced among people who had travelled to Europe.

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