With a simple lighting ceremony at the Palacio de La Moneda, President Sebastián Piñera on Sunday rendered a tribute to the more than 36,000 deceased in Chile due to the coronavirus pandemic, and decreed a national mourning for Monday and Tuesday.
“Remembering means bringing back the heart. We want to remember their stories, their faces, their experiences, their anecdotes and their smiles that, I am sure, families will always remember, “said the president in the ceremony in which the first lady Cecilia Morel, relatives of people who died from Covid- participated. 19, ministerial authorities and health workers.
And he added: “Tonight, in addition to remembering, we want to pay a heartfelt tribute to each of the victims … Time to unite our hearts and wills to overcome this pandemic. “
Sebastián Piñera led a tribute to the victims of the coronavirus in Chile. Photo EFE
The Palacio de La Moneda was illuminated in blue and 460 lights were turned on, which occupied the entire esplanade in two sections, divided by a more illuminated corridor. The effect culminated in the end with a Chilean flag at half mast.
“We have decreed national mourning on Monday and Tuesday this week, so that all Chileans can remember and give meaning to the victims, because their sacrifice was not in vain, “said Piñera, moved.
For the head of state, “the best and most beautiful tribute that we can pay to the people who lost their lives as a result of the coronavirus is that let’s keep taking care of ourselves each other, because no one is truly safe until we are all safe. “
Sebastián Piñera led a tribute to the victims of the coronavirus in Chile. Photo Marcelo Segura / EFE
Chile already has vaccinated more than 82% of its target population with two doses 15.2 million Chileans, of the 19 million inhabitants of the country. At this time there is a reopening, and during the weekend the first recital was held, which included strict sanitary measures.
Piñera announced on August 5 that a program will be launched to apply a third booster dose from the 11th of this month.
Till the date, 36,016 people died in Chile from the coronavirus, while 1,623,363 have contracted the disease. In the last 24 hours, the country’s Ministry of Health has registered 868 new cases and 65 deaths.
With information from agencies