Chile's COVID-19 cases rise to 99,688, with 1,054 deaths

XINHUA 發布於 05月31日22:51

A woman wearing a face mask walks out of a shop which is open in Santiago, Chile, May 28, 2020. (Photo by Jorge Villegas/Xinhua)

A lockdown is in effect in the capital Santiago and the metropolitan area through June 5, as the region is the epicenter of the country's outbreak, with 80 percent of all infections and 775 deaths.

SANTIAGO, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Chile on Sunday reported 99,688 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,054 deaths from the disease.

In the past 24 hours ending 9 p.m. Saturday, 4,830 new cases were detected and 57 more patients died, the highest number of fatalities in a single day so far.

Of the new cases of infection, 4,437 presented symptoms and 393 were asymptomatic.

Since the beginning of the outbreak here, 42,727 people have recovered from the virus and 582,440 tests have been applied.

A lockdown is in effect in the capital Santiago and the metropolitan area through June 5, as the region is the epicenter of the country's outbreak, with 80 percent of all infections and 775 deaths.

The lockdown, which was extended from its original deadline in May, has generated some unrest among the region's 7 million inhabitants, with protests breaking out especially in poorer districts over a "lack" of government aid to offset the economic hardships.

In recent weeks, Chile has seen an exponential rise in the number of cases and deaths, leading the government to set up field hospitals to deal with the growing number of patients.