Coronavirus: Chile’s president says healthcare system ‘very close to the limit’

Coronavirus: Chile’s president says healthcare system ‘very close to the limit’

(UTV | COLOMBO) – The coronavirus pandemic has pushed Chile’s healthcare system “very close to the limit”, according to President Sebastián Piñera.

“We are very conscious of the fact that the health system is under a lot of pressure,” he said on Sunday.

Almost 70,000 cases of the virus have been recorded in Chile and more than 700 people have died.

The capital Santiago, which is under a strict lockdown, is at the centre of the country’s outbreak.

“We are very close to the limit because we have had a very large increase in the needs and demand for medical attention, and for intensive care unit beds and ventilators,” Mr Piñera said at the opening of a new field hospital in the capital on Sunday.

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