Chilean government highlights plan to prevent spread of COVID-19 in elderly care homes

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SANTIAGO, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Chilean government highlighted on Friday the success of a strategy that has been used to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Long-Stay Facilities for the Elderly (ELEAM), with the implementation of temporary residences to isolate positive cases.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that, thanks to the plan implemented in 250 ELEAMs housing 11,000 residents, 441 lives have been saved.

Among countries that have published COVID-19 mortality data in ELEAMs, Chile ranks seventh, "obtaining good results in terms of avoiding the deaths of older adults in ELEAMs," the ministry said.

Chilean Minister of Health Enrique Paris announced that a total of 3,618,019 PCR tests to detect COVID-19 have been performed to date.

He added that, as of Friday, 477,769 cases have been registered in the country, of which 14,252 are currently in the active stage, with 1,750 new cases registered in the last 24 hours.

The minister also said that over the last day, 53 more deaths were reported, bringing the death toll from the virus to 13,220. Enditem

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