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Chile has set a new daily record for Covid-19 cases, health officials have reported. While the South American nation continues its vaccination efforts, hospitals are on the verge of collapse.
Cases have been ticking up for weeks following the end of the southern hemisphere summer holiday but soared to 7,084, above the previous high of 6,938 last June, the data shows.
The fast-rising caseload has filled critical care wards north to south, leaving Chile with just 198 beds available for new patients. All of the capital Santiago, the economic engine, is in strict lockdown this weekend.
According to the country’s health ministry, Italy has reported 401 coronavirus-related deaths, up from 386 the day before, and 23,832 new cases, down from yesterday’s 25,735, in the past 24 hours.
The number of patients in hospital was recorded at 27,061, up from the previous day’s total of 26,858. There were also 243 new admissions to intensive care units.