Chile registered a new high for coronavirus cases on Monday , with nearly 5 , 000 infections in 24 hours , including two ministers in President Sebastian Pinera ’ s government .
Health authorities announced 4 , 895 new infections in the South American country and 43 deaths.
Public Works Minister Alfredo Moreno and Energy Minister Juan Carlos Jobet said they were among those with the disease .
“I have been informed that the COVID – 19 test I had a few days ago was positive , ” Moreno said on Twitter , adding that he had no symptoms so far .
The 63- year- old minister had placed himself in quarantine after one of his staff tested positive .
Jobet also tested positive after starting to quarantine preventatively on Saturday , “when he experienced mild symptoms , which could be associated with the disease , ” a statement from the Energy Ministry said .
The 44- year – old minister “has had no direct contact with President Sebastian Pinera or other cabinet members in recent days , ” the statement said , without specifying how he became infected.
Three other ministers , who had self-quarantined after being in contact with infected people , all tested negative and resumed work.
Chile suffered a surge in infections last week , prompting the government to order the lockdown of Santiago.
The capital is the main focus of the pandemic in Chile , with 90 percent of the country ’ s 74, 000 cases .
Last week , the Senate was closed after three senators tested positive for the coronavirus . Sessions were held by video conference.