The Medical College of Chile warned on Monday that the capital, which concentrates the largest number of those infected and killed by the new coronavirus, is close to lspecialized medical teams reach the limit of their capacity.
The organisation's vice president, Patricio Meza, noted that it may happen "soon" that special teams for seriously ill patients "are reaching their operating limit".
Chile, with 18 million inhabitants, has 583 specialists in intensive care, 475 emergency surgeons and 1,897 anesthetists. They "cannot be increased to infinity, no matter how many beds, no matter how many fans there are," Castillo said.
So far Chile has reported 46,059 positive cases and 478 deaths.
To the health crisis that in Santiago and its surroundings keeps 93% of the critical beds occupied, Added to this is the social crisis exacerbated by a compulsory quarantine that has affected hundreds of thousands who eat with what they get from their daily work, live in overcrowding and were already a vulnerable population before the pandemic..
In the poor neighborhood of El Bosque, southwest of downtown, dozens of people protested the streets demanding food. "I have children, I am a single mother, I cannot work (due to the mandatory quarantine) ... no help has come to me"a woman yelled to the press at the scene.
President Sebastián Piñera announced the delivery of 4.5 million food baskets the day before. Among support for companies and individuals, the government has allocated some 17,000 million dollars, around 7% of the Gross Domestic Product.
To date, more than 483,400 infections and more than 30,900 deaths have been registered in Latin America, with Brazil having the highest number of infections and deaths.
Globally, more than 4.7 million people have been infected and more than 316,800 have died, according to the Johns Hopkins University Science and Systems Engineering Center, which bases its data on the reports of the governments and the health authorities of each country.
In most people this virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that disappear in two to three weeks. But in some people, especially older adults and those with underlying health conditions, it can cause more serious illness and even death.
With information from AP
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