SANTIAGO, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris said on Tuesday that according to the latest figures on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, "the variation in new confirmed cases at the national level decreased by 8 percent in the last seven days and 15 percent in the last 14 days."
He said that the country has reached 494,478 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 466,643 have recovered, and 13,702 have died.
According to the Ministry of Health, the regions with the highest increase in new confirmed cases are Los Lagos, Biobio, Los Rios, and O'Higgins, while the region of Magallanes continues to report the highest number of new cases in the country.
In the last 24 hours, 1,099 new cases of COVID-19 were registered. As of Tuesday, 770 people had been hospitalized in intensive care units, with 604 on ventilators and 85 in critical condition.