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Limited use of masks returns in Chile

Santiago de Chile, Apr 1 (Prensa Latina) In view of the increase in respiratory viruses, as of today the use of masks in public and private sector emergency services is mandatory in Chile.

According to Health Minister Ximena Aguilera, the decision is similar to the one adopted last year and its objective is to prevent these centers from becoming sites for the spread of diseases typical of the autumn and winter season.

Osvaldo Salgado, Undersecretary of Health Care Networks, said that the device should be used by those who provide medical assistance and those who are waiting to be treated.

Salgado recommended that those with respiratory conditions should also wear masks on public transport.

Last week, the Ministry of Health (MINSAL) decreed a health alert in response to the increase in seasonal illnesses, particularly influenza and the syncytial virus, as well as the presence of other non-traditional microorganisms.

This measure implies increasing epidemiological control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

It also provides for the hiring of specialized personnel, medical equipment and infrastructure, and coordination in the distribution of pharmaceutical products, as well as the expansion of vaccination campaigns.