Around half of Chile’s 50-member Senate and four Ministers have been placed in quarantine after coming into contact with about three Colleagues infected with the novel Coronavirus.
Finance Minister Ignacio Briones and Chief of Staff Felipe Ward both wrote on Twitter that they had tested negative for the virus but were in quarantine until a second test is conducted.
Mr Briones said he was tested on Friday, May 15, 2020, due to his regular contact with infected Senator Jorge Pizarro on the Senate Finance Committee, and has since begun preventative quarantine
The Ministers of the interior and social development are also in isolation.
At the end of last week, around 20 Legislators began isolation after meeting with Senator Pizarro and another infected Senator.
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Chile recorded a 60 percent spike in daily Coronavirus cases despite a month and a half of preventative measures, including a selective lockdown.
Last week, the Government imposed a total lockdown on the capital Santiago, which has recorded more than 80 percent of the Country’s 46,000 cases.
AFP reports that there had also been 478 deaths as of Monday.