SANTIAGO, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chile registered the highest number of daily COVID-19 infections of the pandemic, after recording 12,500 cases in the last 24 hours and exceeding 10,000 in a day for the first time, to total 1,916,522 cases, the Ministry of Health said Thursday.
In its daily report, the ministry also detailed that in the same period, there were 25 deaths associated with COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 39,456.
The COVID-19 positivity rate in the past day was 11.69 percent at the national level and 12.21 percent in the Santiago Metropolitan Region.
Meanwhile, Undersecretary of Public Health Maria Teresa Valenzuela explained during a press conference on Thursday that authorities are focusing on a timely diagnosis since the Omicron variant of the virus has such a high rate of infection.
The South American country averaged 2,500 daily COVID-19 cases in December, but with the spread of the Omicron variant this month, it has surpassed 9,000 cases per day for a record high average.