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Shot in the arm: South America seeks to tame seasonal flu as COVID-19 spreads

26 Jun 2020

BUENOS AIRES/SANTIAGO As South America's winter sets in, health officials and doctors are beefing up inoculation programs to head off a potential spike in seasonal flu that could overwhelm hospitals already straining under the coronavirus pandemic.

Chile´s Codelco tightens anti-coronavirus measures at its largest copper mine

22 Jun 2020

SANTIAGO Chile´s state-run Codelco said on Monday it would implement new measures at its El Teniente copper mine, the company´s largest deposit, to maintain operations amid increasing worker angst over the fast-spreading coronavirus.

UPDATE 1-Chile´s Codelco tightens anti-coronavirus measures at its largest copper mine

22 Jun 2020

SANTIAGO, June 22 Chile´s state-run Codelco said on Monday it would implement new measures at its El Teniente copper mine, the company´s largest deposit, to maintain operations amid increasing worker angst over the fast-spreading coronavirus.

Chile lithium miners feel heat from exploding coronavirus outbreak, output steady

17 Jun 2020

SANTIAGO, June 17 Chile´s vaunted lithium industry, the world´s second largest, has begun to feel the impact of a runaway coronavirus outbreak nationwide, though top producers SQM and Albemarle said output from their Atacama operations nonetheless remained unscathed.

Antarctica's 'deflated football' fossil is world's second-biggest egg

17 Jun 2020

A mysterious 68-million-year-old fossil found on Seymour Island off Antarctica's coast that looked like a deflated football has turned out to be a unique find - the second-largest egg on record and one that may have belonged to a huge marine reptile that lived alongside the dinosaurs.

Chile jobless rate hits 9% during pandemic, highest in decade

29 May 2020

SANTIAGO Chile's unemployment rate <CLUNR=ECI> hit 9% between February and April, the government said on Friday, holding its highest level in a decade as lockdown measures battered the South American nation's ailing economy.

SQM profits plunge again on lower lithium prices, slashes 2020 capex plan

20 May 2020

SANTIAGO Chilean miner SQM , the world's No. 2 producer of lithium, said on Wednesday profits plunged by nearly half in the first quarter as prices for the battery metal continued to freefall during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

SQM profits plunge again on lower lithium prices, expansion on track

20 May 2020

SANTIAGO, May 20 Chilean miner SQM, the world's No. 2 producer of lithium, said profits plunged by nearly half in the first quarter of 2020 as prices for the battery metal continued to freefall amid the spread of the coronavirus.

Chile copper industry largely unscathed by coronavirus - minister

29 Apr 2020

SANTIAGO, April 29 Chile´s mining minister said on Wednesday the South American nation´s sprawling copper industry so far ranks among the least affected globally by the COVID-19 pandemic, citing official figures that point to a reduction in output of just 1%.

Chile's top health official flaunts WHO guidance, says recovered COVID-19 patients immune

28 Apr 2020

SANTIAGO/GENEVA Chile's top health official said on Monday that a patient recovered from COVID-19 had little chance of contracting the disease again for least three months, flaunting guidance from World Health Organization scientists who warn of scant evidence for such claims.

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