July 8. Chile will loosen restrictions against the coronavirus for residents who are fully vaccinated as new cases plunge and the government expands one of the world’s fastest inoculation programs.
Starting July 15, capacity rules for establishments like gyms and restaurants in districts that aren’t under quarantine will be relaxed for people with two doses, according to a government statement on Thursday. The nightly curfew will be shortened depending on virus and vaccination metrics, and schools will be able to open for on-site classes even in neighborhoods under strict lockdown.
Cases have dropped by 39 percent in the past 14 days, and the Health Ministry has expanded inoculations to include teenagers. Still, deaths have been slower to fall, and the government has said the delta virus strain is a concern.
Chile’ delivered two vaccine doses to over 57 percent of its population, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker. Virus testing and tracing will be strengthened, and police inspections will be toughened to clamp down on social events that break maximum capacity rules, according to the statement. Screening will be boosted at Chile’s international borders, which are closed to tourists but open to citizens and residents.
Source: Buenos Aires Times