Chile, after vaccinating 60pc of population, locks down capital due to COVID-19 surge
Chilean health authorities have announced a blanket lockdown across the capital, Santiago, despite having fully vaccinated more than half its population.
The development will alarm authorities elsewhere who are debating how fast to reopen as vaccination campaigns gather steam.
Chile's confirmed daily caseload surged 17 per cent in the past two weeks nationwide and 25 per cent in the Metropolitan region that includes Santiago and is home to half the country's population.
Intensive care beds in the capital region are now at 98 per cent capacity.
Jose Luis Espinoza, the president of Chile's National Federation of Nursing Associations, said his members were "on the verge of collapse".
Chile has one of the highest coronavirus vaccination rates in the world.
Around 75 per cent of its 15 million residents have already received at least one dose of vaccine, and nearly 58 per cent are completely inoculated.
On a per capita basis among larger countries, it is the vaccination leader in the Americas and the fifth-highest worldwide, according to Reuters data.
It has used nearly 23 million vaccines doses so far — …
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