The Minister of Health, Ximena Aguilera, accompanied by RM Health Ceremi, Gonzalo Soto, visited the Nuevo Pudahuel airport to review the operation of the COVID-19 case detection protocol, as a result of the new containment measures adopted . Outline of the Protected Border Scheme and which came into force on January 1, 2023.
In view of the epidemiological scenario facing China, which led to the extension of the health alert until March of this year, the Ministry of Health determined to increase random testing of travelers, both residents and foreigners; 100% testing of travelers from China caught by self report; Pre-boarding PCR requirement for those traveling from China; And isolation for 5 days in health residence of detected positive cases.
Minister Ximena Aguilera said that, in this context, it was requested that border controls be increased, in accordance with the Protected Borders Plan, for passengers arriving via air and ports. “For this, the random testing that we were doing during this time has been increased, it has been increased in volume and also for people who have come from different destinations, because we are focusing only on Chile in this last phase. were concentrating, and also increasing availability. If people need it, especially the residences of people coming from China.
In addition, he explained that all these measures have been adopted, such as preventively expanding the health alert and intensifying the measures in travelers “to have a better ability to see what is happening, see to have a better view of what happens to that variant, what new variants are entering, if there are other variants in addition to what is already known, that contributes to global surveillance of the virus, and to people buy time to vaccinate”.
On his part, RM Health Ceremi, Gonzalo Soto, pointed out that this visit made it possible to verify the coordination made at the airport to increase the number of PCR tests for foreign travelers, doubling the number of tests. of samples at this point of entry into the country. The health authority also stressed that along with these preventive measures, it is very important to call on the population to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “There are over 150 points in the metropolitan area where you can get vaccinated with the bivalent vaccine. There are currently over 150 points operating with normal hours, as well as with extended hours, and weekends for those who may find it difficult to work on Saturdays and Sundays.