TALCA – The Ministry of Health has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Chile. The patient is a 33-year-old medic who recently returned from Southeast Asia. Minister of Health Jaime Mañalich said that the virus’s arrival was inevitable and emphasized that there was no need to panic.
On Tuesday, Mar. 3, the first case of covid-19 coronavirus in Chile was confirmed by the Ministry of Health. The patient is a 33-year-old medic who recently returned from a trip to Singapore, a country that has approximately 110 confirmed cases. He first started noticing the symptoms between Feb. 25, the day he returned to Chile, and Mar. 1. He then consulted medical experts who confirmed his diagnosis.
At the moment, the patient is in the Regional Hospital of Talca, but the Minister of Health Jaime Mañalich said that the patient was feeling well and that he would eventually return home. In the meantime, in order to prevent further cases, authorities are keeping him in quarantine.
The government has also responded to the news by saying that there is no need to panic and that there is no need to cancel mass gatherings—this in response to stated concerns that events like Lollapalooza might be suspended due to the virus. The government also said that it is prepared to confront the virus and that with unity Chile will beat it.
Chile is now the fourth country in South America with a confirmed case of the virus, after Argentina confirmed its first cases an hour before Chile. Ecuador already had seven confirmed cases and Brazil had two. As of this writing, there are no reported deaths as a result of the virus on the continent.
[EN VIVO] Confirmamos primer caso Coronavirus en Chile https://t.co/ZfDzUJPf5P
— Sebastian Piñera (@sebastianpinera) March 3, 2020
Diego Rivera is currently a senior in University, finishing up his audiovisual degree. You can find him on Twitter as @Piover45.