SANTIAGO, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Chilean Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported 3,583 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, for a total of 680,740, amid a surge in infections in the middle of summer.
Health authorities also reported 21 deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll in the South American country to 17,594.
So far, 42,564 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, according to the ministry, with 8,359 people receiving both their first and second doses.
Contagious disease experts have recommended the government restrict mobility between regions and plan for total lockdowns in light of a second wave of COVID-19 outbreaks that could worsen in the coming weeks.
Amid the peak tourist season in the southern hemisphere, Chile has allowed families to travel within the country and kept its borders open to foreign tourists.