Chile Confirms First Case of COVID-19, A Patient who visited several Asian countries including Maldives

Chilean health authorities has announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country. The 33-year-old Chilean man had spent a month in Southeast Asia, including the Maldives.

The patient is from the city of Talca in central Chile’s Maule region who recently traveled extensively through Asia and returned via Europe, according to the Institute of Public Health (ISP).

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The patient “was traveling for an extended period of time, almost a month, in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Maldives, Spain and then returned to Chile,” Alfredo Donoso, head of the Talca Hospital, told reporters.

“He returned Feb. 25 and on March 1 began to have respiratory symptoms,” said Donoso, adding the proper steps were taken to treat the patient after he tested positive for COVID-19.

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