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Chile confirms first case of Covid-19 Delta variant

IANS | June 25, 2021 10:09 AM

SANTIAGO:Chile confirmed the first case of the Delta variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 in the country on Thursday, after analysing the test results from a Chilean patient who came from the US, authorities said.

"We have officially confirmed the presence of a patient with the Delta variant, who came from the US and entered through the Santiago airport, " Chilean Minister of Health Enrique Paris said during a speech before the Chamber of Deputies.

The 43-year-old woman has been in quarantine since her arrival in the country, and the Delta variant "is much more contagious than others we have had so far, " Paris explained.

The Chilean Congress will vote Thursday on a request to extend the constitutional state of exception for another 90 days, starting on June 30, which allows the regulation of people's liberties, including a night curfew currently in effect, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The detection of the Delta variant in the South American country came amid high levels of Covid-19 infections and hospital demand, despite the progress of mass vaccination against the virus, according to specialists.

Chile had accumulated 1, 531, 872 Covid-19 cases and 31, 797 deaths as of Thursday.

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