Hours before Chilean president Sebastián Piñera announced a series of measures intended to intensify the criminalisation and persecution of the social mobilizations that continue throughout the country, the Ministry of Health published the number of patients seen in Accident and Emergency departments between 18 October and 7 November, referred to euphemistically as the 'emergency situation'.
Although no information is provided as to the reasons patients presented to A & E departments, it is well known that the demand for medical attention has increased exponentially due to the cruel and criminal repression of the population ordered by the Chilean government.
The graphic showing the figures indicates that a total of 8,391 patients were seen in A & E departments throughout the country, including those of the Santiago Metropolitan Region and the other regions. The report also notes a current total of 94 persons hospitalised and 6 deaths in this context.
Translated by Élise Hendrick