SANTIAGO, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chile on Monday reported 3,918 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 673,750, according to the Ministry of Health.
In its daily report, the ministry also reported 70 deaths in the same period, with a death toll of 17,547.
COVID-19 cases in the South American country have increased 58 percent in the last two weeks.
Meanwhile, the ministry ruled out a quarantine in Santiago's metropolitan area for the time being, given that on Monday it recorded a 4 percent positivity rate.
However, epidemiology experts have recommended that the government restrict mobility between regions and plan for total lockdowns in view of a second wave of infections that could worsen in the coming weeks.
Amid the summer season, Chile has issued special vacation permits for families who want to travel within the country, while keeping the borders open for foreign tourists.