Government extends the curfew to the island of Rapa Nui
By: Chile Travel | Date: 24 March, 2020 | In: Blog ,
After finishing the last emergency meeting dealing with the Covid-19 virus, the Minister of Health, Jaime Mañalich, announced that there will be a curfew for Rapa Nui starting this Tuesday, March 24th. This measure was taken due to the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the area, which could not be traced.
The curfew on the island will begin at 2:00 p.m. and will end at 5:00 a.m. the next morning, and was established to prevent the spread of the virus on the island. The health authority stated that this measure will be indefinite, because the island does not have sufficient capacity to treat all possible infected patients and, if an increase occurs, they may have to be transferred to continental Chile.
Regarding this registered case of Covid-19 in Rapa Nui, the Minister of Health confirmed that the person is now under strict quarantine and presenting a positive evolution. The person has not left Rapa Nui, so it has been difficult to trace the source of contagion. The possibility of a tourist entering the area with the virus has not been ruled out.
The government also announced that as of this Wednesday, March 25, a strict cordon sanitaire will be set in place in the district of San Pedro de La Paz, in the Biobío Region, due to an important outbreak of coronavirus which originated in an evangelical congregation. The area of Boca Sur already has 36 confirmed cases, which, in the health minister’s words, makes it “an area with a high risk of spreading the disease to other areas of the region and of the country. Therefore, nobody enters and nobody leaves,” the authority said.
The number of confirmed cases in Chile reached 922 this Tuesday. Of these, 176 are reported as new within the last 24 hours. The Chilean government has set a maximum price of $25,000 (CLP) for the Covid-19 detection test.
Special Measures in some parts of the country
The government has decreed quarantines, as well as sanitary custom controls and cordons sanitaire in specific areas of the country in an effort to control the spread of the virus between regions. To date, the territories with special measures are:
From the regions Arica to Coquimbo: Sanitary custom controls have been established.
Rapa Nui, Region of Valparaíso: 14 day quarantine, as of March 20. The curfew was extended and will begin at 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. of the following morning.
Chillán, Ñuble Region: Cordons sanitaire as of Monday, March 23. Nobody enters and nobody leaves the city of Chillán, the capital of the Ñuble region, except if authorized by a safe-passage document.
San Pedro de la Paz, Biobío Region: Cordons sanitaire as of Wednesday, March 25. Nobody enters and nobody leaves the city, except if authorized by a safe-passage document.
Chiloé, Los Lagos Region: Reinforcement of the sanitary custom controls, except in the case of authorized exceptions who hold a safe- passage document and to maintain the stock of supplies in the area. In effect since Sunday, March 22nd.
Caleta Tortel, Ayseén Region: 14 day quarantine, as of March 14th.
Puerto Williams, Magallanes Region: quarantine and Sanitary custom controls which forbids entering or exiting the city, except in the case of authorized exceptions of transport cargoes with essential goods that will be subject to strict sanitary custom controls.
Strait of Magellan, Magallanes Region: sanitary custom controls at the Strait’s sea and air borders crossings. Only duly authorized persons and cargoes will be allowed to pass in either direction.
Aysén and Magallanes Regions: Sanitary custom controls have been established.
In addition to these measures, traveling to second homes, or holiday homes, is absolutely forbidden. As instructed by the government, any person who has gone to said places must return to their places of origin, to their main residence. Anyone who has moved to a vacation area must return to his or her towns of origin no later than this Tuesday, March 24, at 10:00 p.m.
The web site https://www.gob.cl/coronavirus/ will provide all the updated information regarding the action plans established by the Government of Chile to face this pandemic.
Links of interest:
Official website with the Coronavirus Action Plan: https://www.gob.cl/coronavirus/
Ministry of Health: minsal.cl
Protocol for monitoring travellers coming from countries or areas with a sustained transmission of COVID-19 https://www.minsal.cl/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020.03.10_PROTOCOLO-DETECCION-VIAJEROS_AEROPUERTOS.pdf
Chile´s official tourist information: chile.travel
Santiago International Airport: https://www.nuevopudahuel.cl/
Santiago Subway network: https://www.metro.cl/
Border Crossings : http://www.pasosfronterizos.gov.cl/complejos-fronterizos/
Chile´s National Tourism Board website: sernatur.cl
Official information on the current situation in Chile: https://chilereports.cl/