Chile: Santiago begins de-confinement plan as COVID-19 cases decline

Millions of Santiago residents returned to the streets of the Chilean capital on Tuesday, as the government began its plan to ease lockdown measures amid a decline in coronavirus cases. The Chilean government has announced the implementation of a partial decontamination plan called 'Step by Step'. The plan includes five stages until the 'Advanced Opening' is achieved. The easing of measures will apply to nine districts in the Santiago metropolitan area, home to nearly 1.3 million people. Residents there will now enter the second stage of the plan, called 'Transition'. Footage shows people on the streets of the districts where shops have started re-opening. A metro station guarded by the military, and a Health Ministry van carrying out COVID-19 tests can also be seen. «A maximum of ten people [can be] inside the store at a time, the rest have to wait outside, the waiting area has been demarcated, and the sanitation part, everything is working,» said Pamela Almendares, a store clerk. As of Tuesday, Chile has registered 347,923 cases of COVID-19, and 9,187 deaths related to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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