Chile restrictions tighten: Tough lockdown measures begin on Thursday

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    Latin America is facing a fierce resurgence of COVID infections and deaths.

    Chile is about to enter the world’s toughest coronavirus lockdown after reaching the highest number of ICU patients since the pandemic began, despite a mass inoculation campaign.

    People will receive only two police permits per week to buy food and medicine, and a the entire country will be totally locked down without permits on the weekends.

    Venezuela and Uruguay are also tightening regulation.

    Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Santiago, Chile.

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