SANTIAGO — Chile has the 10th highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world. On Aug. 26, the Ministry of Health published its 45th Epidemiological Report, which includes data through Aug. 23. The report lists a total of 447,527 cases and 15,108 deaths.
The first Covid-19 cases in Chile were reported in March. Less than six months later, the country now has a reported total of 447,527 cases and 15,108 deaths, according to the 45th Epidemiological Report from the Epidemiology Department of the Ministry of Health. The report includes data through Aug. 23.
According to the report, the regions that have the highest number of Covid-19 deaths are the Metropolitan Region with 10,929 deaths, Valparaíso with 1,080, and Antofagasta with 568. As for the total number of cases, the order is the same: the Metropolitan Region with 300,783, Valparaíso with 29,461, and Antofagasta with 18,415.
The district with the highest number of active cases, however, does not belong to any of the three regions above. Punta Arenas leads the list with 669 – this, after it had reached as high as step 3 of the country’s plan for reopening before having to drop back down to step 1 on Aug. 19.
According to the report, the country’s cumulative incidence rate is just under 2,300 per 100,000 inhabitants, the Metropolitan region has the highest mortality rate with 134.5 per 100,000, and the country’s overall mortality rate is 77.6 per 100,000.
Epidemiological Report vs. Health Minister’s Reports
In the latest update from Minister of Health Enrique Paris on Aug. 26, he reported a total of 402,365 cases and 10,990 deaths. The difference between the totals in his update and the epidemiological report reflects the fact that his updates do not include suspected cases, only those confirmed by PCR tests.
Of the total listed in the epidemiological report, for example, 399,568 were confirmed through a PCR test, while the rest are suspected cases.