Chile’s president has ordered a total lockdown of the capital Santiago.
Sebastian Pinera made the decision after infections in the city went up by 500 percent in just two weeks.
More than eight million people will now be confined to their homes.
Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Santiago.
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In This Story: Chile
Chile borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far south. Chilean territory includes the Pacific islands of Juan Fernández, Isla Salas y Gómez, Desventuradas, and Easter Island in Oceania. Chile also claims about 1,250,000 square kilometres (480,000 sq mi) of Antarctica under the Chilean Antarctic Territory.
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During the 2020 Covid-19 epidemic, lockdown has come to mean the practice of attempting to control transmission of the virus by means of restricting people’s movement and activities on a broad scale, usually on a national or state-wide basis.