the Chilean Health Minister says that comparing Chile and Argentina “is complex” because his country tests “massively”

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the Chilean Health Minister says that comparing Chile and Argentina





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Health workers measure the temperature of Chileans after they landed at the Arturo Merino Benitez airport in Santiago, Chile, Friday, May 8, 2020. More than 200 Chilean citizens stuck in Southeast Asia and New Zealand amid the new coronavirus pandemic, arrived back home on Friday afternoon. (AP Photo / Esteban Felix)


On Friday, April 10, when Alberto Fernández announced that the quarantine would last two more weeks, he made a comparison with the figures of other countries in the region, such as Chile and Brazil, which did not go down well on the other side of the Cordillera de los Andes. And two days later they presented from La Moneda the report “Coronavirus: Chile versus Argentina”, carried out by the commercial engineer Pablo Eguiguren, who was the chief of staff of the Ministry of Economy at the start of Sebastián Piñera’s second term.


AME8633. SANTIAGO (CHILE), 05/05 / 2020.- An official of the Chilean Ministry of Health checks the temperature of a passenger this Friday at the Arturo Merino Benítez airport in Santiago (Chile), where a flight with about 260 repatriated Chileans arrived from Asia. EFE / Alberto Valdés


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AME8633. SANTIAGO (CHILE), 05/05 / 2020.- An official of the Chilean Ministry of Health checks the temperature of a passenger this Friday at the Arturo Merino Benítez airport in Santiago (Chile), where a flight with about 260 repatriated Chileans arrived from Asia. EFE / Alberto Valdés


In the new extension of isolation communicated on May 8, the president again referred to Chile, noting that the number of confirmed cases in Argentina reached 5,611, well below the 26,000 cases that Chile had on Friday. “With this, one can show the success we have had as a society to control the pandemic. Understand that it is control success. So far we have done well,” he said. And this time they did not take long to respond from the neighboring country.

It was the Minister of Health of Chile, Jaime Mañalich, the one who did it and qualified as “inconsistent“Compare your country and Argentina in the fight against the coronavirus, despite the fact that both nations have been facing the coronavirus for the same period after the first case presented on March 3.

In this regard, Mañalich stated that “It is correct that if Argentina does things well, it has a good result, and that does not have to be a reason for comparison, nor envy, nor spoiling international relations”.

“Obviously comparing them is very complex because we test massively“He countered.” I want to remember, “he stressed,” that since we passed the 20,000 cases, Chile is one of the countries that performs the most tests. On average, it does eight times what Argentina does ”

With the above, Minister Mañalich concluded that “it is premature and inconductive to compare realities that may be incomparable.”

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