It’s been about a month since I last wrote a post about what the current situation is like in Chile, so it’s time to update on what’s going on. Most of my posts on the pandemic and quarantine have been kind of depressing, or at least I think, and while that makes sense since its literally a global health pandemic where over half a million people have died so far and it’s not a particularly happy subject, but I do want to just start this post off with some hope; blue sky on the horizon.
Currently, the cases here have seen a very small but seemingly steady decline, which hopefully (please) means that we’re coming off the peak of the first wave of COVID-19 cases here in Chile. Numbers-wise, the highest number of new proven cases we had was about 2 weeks ago, where we reached almost 7000 new cases in one day. As of today, 1/7/2020, we had 2650 new cases, which is dramatically less than 7k, and hopefully, a sign that things are getting better here. However, it is still 2650 people with COVID-19, which is still a significantly high number.
Overall, in Chile as of date, there have been 282 043 confirmed cases of the COVID-19. Of that 283 043, there have been 5753 deaths from the disease, there are 30 847 active patients and 245 443 people who have recovered from the disease.
The Toca de Queda (Curfew) from 10pm-5am is still in place in Region Metropolitana (Metropolitan region of Santiago), and it’s still required to ask for permission from Los Carabineros (Chilean police) to leave your house, and the police with the army are patrolling the streets in order to enforce these policies.
It’s coming up to around 3 1/2 months in quarantine now, and although we are slowly coming off of the peak (please don’t let me jinx it with this post), it still doesn’t seem like we’re going to be leaving quarantine anytime soon at this stage. There aren’t really any reliable official predictions of when the quarantine will end at this stage, which is fair because it isn’t something we can really predict. However, amongst my friends, the general idea is that we will be able to leave some time in September or October. I’m a bit sceptical of that, and I still think that restrictions won’t be lifted until about November or December at best, and next year at worst.
I won’t get into too much of what I’m doing in quarantine in this post because I’m planning to write a different blog post going into a bit more detail hehe. Keep an eye out for that :))
As for now, thank you for reading, I want to assure you all that I’m staying safe here and trying to make the best of it all. I hope you all are staying safe, using masks, washing hands and doing all of that, even if the situation is getting better in Australia. Nos vemos, chau ! xx