"The government cannot stand idly by in the face of the enormous crisis that COVID-19 is signifying for Chile," a group of scientists warned.
The outlook in Chile is bleak. "If drastic and immediate confinement is not decreed, we could reach 70,000 deaths," the experts added.
In the government's management of the crisis, there was a lack of transparency, a denial of effective collaboration between the scientific and health communities, and an irresponsible search for so-called herd immunity.
"Authorities abandoned primary care and were unable to effectively isolate the sources of infection," scientist community assured in a statement.