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Health Minister gives a presentation to the WHO on Chile’s measures to contain COVID-19

Chile’s Health Minister was the only representative of the American continent to present on the occasion.

Early this morning, Health Minister Jaime Mañalich explained to the Director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom, the strategies that are being implemented in Chile. One of them is the ID card for people who have been medically discharged, which will be available soon.

At 6 a.m. Chilean time, Health Minister Jaime Mañalich met with World Health Organization Director Tedros Adhanom and ministers from Europe and Asia. Minister Mañalich was the only representative of the American continent to give a presentation and he explained the strategies that Chile, in particular, has implemented to contain COVID-19.

“Countries have responded with a great deal of effort and sacrifice, focusing on developing tests and isolating patients. This has been extraordinarily complex,” said Health Minister Jaime Mañalich.

To this end, he added that Chile has the daily capacity to implement 13,000 CRP tests for detecting COVID-19 and this figure could rise to 18,000. These advances have resulted in the diagnosis of “400 cases a day, a number that is stable,” he said.

Minister Mañalich explained to the WHO Director the intention of issuing a COVID-19 certificate for people who have completed the period of quarantine so that they can return to their daily activities.

“We consider it prudent to provide people who have tested positive for COVID-19 with a certificate stating that they have completed quarantine so that they can return to work,” he said. He added “immunity can not be guaranteed but we believe that once quarantine has been completed by people who have enough IgG antibodies to lead a totally normal life, they can receive this certificate,” Minister Mañalich said.

At the end of the meeting, Dr. Mañalich highlighted the work of Dr. Tedros Adhanom as director of the World Health Organization.

“On behalf of Chile and Latin America, we thank the WHO, and the leadership of Dr. Tedros. Chile recognizes and is fully appreciative of the WHO’s efforts in addressing this epidemiological challenge. The only similar precedent we have for it is the Spanish flu of 1918-1919. This pandemic has had a vector development from east to west. The most affected place on Earth is the USA, with a quarter of all cases and deaths in the world. And now there is a second vector moving from north to south, which is the case of many of our countries, that will coincide with a winter, creating many complex situations,” concluded Chile’s Health Minister at the end of his presentation.

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