The Ministry of Health is applying a dynamic quarantine strategy. It consists of quarantining areas that have the most confirmed infections and releasing those where numbers have dropped. As the week continues, the quarantine count may change yet again, if new outbreaks require sudden decisions.
COVID-19 confirmed cases in Chile have been increasing at a steady pace. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health has decided to lift the quarantines for some municipalities, like Las Condes, where numbers have gone down. At the same time, the ministry has continued quarantines in other areas, and added new areas to the quarantined list.
Overall, for example, new cases in the Metropolitan Region are rising yet again, but stalling in the Araucanía region. New cases are also rising in the Antofagasta and Magallanes Regions.
In the Metropolitan Region, Las Condes will see its quarantine lifted on Friday at 5:00 a.m. Ñuñoa, Puente Alto, and Santiago Center, will continue under partial quarantine. El Bosque and the northern half of San Bernardo will be added to quarantine.
Ñuñoa’s quarantine zone will be centered in the northern half of the municipality. The dividing line is Greece Avenue: everything north, in quarantine; everything south, out.
Santiago Center is also divided in two at Blanco Encalada Street and Matta Avenue: everything north, in; everything south, out.
Puente Alto is divided west and east at Vicuña Mackenna Avenue and Concha y Toro Avenue: everything west, in; everything east, out.
The northern half of San Bernardo will be quarantined along with the neighboring municipality of El Bosque. The quarantined area will be limited by the municipality of Lo Espejo to the north, San Francisco Street to the east, Colón Street to the south, and the Ruta 5 Sur Highway to the west.
In the north, the urban sector of the city of Arica will be under quarantine, making it the first northern city to be placed under quarantine.
In the south, Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region; Osorno, Los Lagos Region; Temuco, Araucanía Region; and Chillán and Chillán Viejo, both in the Ñuble region, will continue in quarantine for at least one more week.
At the same time, the quarantines will be lifted in San Pedro de La Paz and Hualpén, both in the Biobío region; Padre las Casas and Nueva Imperial, both in the Araucanía region, will also have their quarantines lifted.
Diego Rivera is currently a senior in University, finishing up his audiovisual degree. You can find him on Twitter as @Piover45.