A nurse prepares a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Santiago, Chile. | Photo: Alberto Valdés / Agência EFE / Gazeta do Povo

Santiago de Chile began the first weekend without a quarantine regime since March on Saturday, thanks to a drastic drop in the number of Covid-19 cases, which has led to a relaxation of measures to fight the disease. After three months of a serious second wave of contagion, the pandemic of the disease is receding in the country, which totals 1.6 million cases and 34,958 deaths. In the past 24 hours, there have been 1,407 positive cases and 83 casualties. Today’s report still shows a reduction in the number of patients admitted to intensive care units in Chilean hospitals. This Saturday, they are 1,776, the lowest number since March of this year.

With this, dozens of municipalities have given up total containment in recent days, allowing the reopening of cinemas, theaters, sports centers and interiors of bars. The restaurants were able to reopen their doors after months of closure. The improvement comes as vaccination continues to progress in the country, with 85% of the target audience having already received a dose, and 78% both required for vaccination, mainly with Coronavac; Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Cansino are also used. Chile’s borders will be reopened on Monday, after four months of closure, but will only be allowed the exit or entry of people who have already completed the cycle of vaccination against Covid-19.