- Chile says accounting errors led to omission of 31,000 coronavirus cases
A rash of accounting glitches in Chile led to the omission of more than 31,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, or nearly one-sixth of the country’s total so far, health officials said on Tuesday.The cases, discovered during a review of the health ministry’s databases, stemmed back to mid-March, when the outbreak began in Chile, authorities said.”We have detected that there is a significant number of people who have not been notified or whose status has not been processed and continues to be ‘pending,'” Dr. Rafael Araos, a member of an expert committee advising the government, told reporters in a briefing. Last week, a controversy over the reporting of coronavirus-related deaths led President Sebastian Pinera to replace Health Minister Jaime Manalich, a close friend and confidant.Manalich, who had overseen Chile’s response to the outbreak until now, won praise for an aggressive campaign to keep hospitals supplied with ventilators and protective equipment but was criticized for successive criteria changes for recording deaths and cases.South America has become the new epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak, with Chile, Peru and Brazil particularly hard hit.Chile on Monday extended a state of catastrophe in place since mid-March for an additional 90 days.The decision gives the government extraordinary powers to restrict freedom of movement and assure food supply and basic services. Topics : “This group of unreported cases … have positive PCR [exams] and thus constitute confirmed cases,” he said.The accounting confusion comes as cases are soaring in the South American nation, averaging over 5,000 daily. On Tuesday, Chile reported a total of 184,449 infections and 3,383 deaths from the disease.The additional 31,412 cases discovered by authorities will be added to Chile’s total tally on Wednesday, Araos said.As the pandemic has worsened in Chile, health ministry statistics have come under increasing scrutiny.
- Thornton proves mettle at Dacotah’s Iron Man 100
Christopher Zenz also had to work his way to the front, then duel with Paul Schuh before taking the Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers. MANDAN, N.D. (June 1) – Ricky Thornton Jr. proved his mettle in Saturday’s 100-lap Iron Man main event for IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speedway. Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Tom Berry Jr.; 3. Marlyn Seidler; 4. Robert Hellebust; 5. Casey Arneson; 6. Jeremy Keller; 7. Shawn Strand; 8. Spencer Wilson; 9. Jason Wolla; 10. Mike Hansen; 11. Travis Hagen; 12. Tracy Domagala; 13. Chris Schroeder; 14. Josh Rogotzke; 15. Jesse Skalicky; 16. William Kendall; 17. Marcus Tomlinson; 18. Zach Dockter; 19. Tyler Hall; 20. Josh Eberhardt; 21. Mark Dahl; 22. Travis Ulmer; 23. Travis Tooley; 24. Dylan Goplen. Thornton had driven away from the rest of the field from his outside front row starting spot but his huge lead was erased by a lap 21 caution. Sport Compacts – 1. Christopher Zenz; 2. Paul Schuh; 3. Corey Helgeson; 4. Stan Thompson; 5. Alex Thompson; 6. Zachary Ihly; 7. James Gilbert; 8. Craig Kastner; 9. Tanner Hofer; 10. Michael Perry; 11. John Avard; 12. Ben Schmidt; 13. Jayde Satcho; 14. Braydee Hanson; 15. Andy Reed. When the race resumed, Thornton retook the lead and pulled away. Seidler made a late-race pass of Hellebust to grab third. Kelly Henderson started 11th and finished first in the opening night feature for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods following the 2Strong Summer Dirt Series. Chase Conway battled Henderson before ending in second. In a replay from their opening night qualifying feature finish, Thornton and Tom Berry Jr. ran 1-2 in the finale at Mandan. Marlyn Seidler, Robert Hellebust and Casey Arneson rounded out the top five. As a result, he took home $5,000 from his latest Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory. Northern SportMods – 1. Kelly Henderson; 2. Chase Conway; 3. Erik Laudenschlager; 4. Brady Bjella; 5. Isaac Sondrol; 6. Brock Beeter; 7. Luke Johnson; 8. Kyle Krogh; 9. Eric Paul; 10. Luke Krogh; 11. Philip Keller; 12. Deryk Keller; 13. Jeff Bieber; 14. Cole Hanshew; 15. Paul Wanner; 16. Logan Schmitz; 17. Robby Rosselli; 18. Evan Morast; 19. Dennis Chapman; 20. Darren Medler; 21. Zach Frederick; 22. Chad Strachen; 23. Jordan Braun; 24. Chaz Mosby. Ricky Thornton Jr. ventured to Dacotah Speedway to top the $5,000 to win IMCA Modified Iron Man main event. (Photo by Layn Mudder) Berry slipped by Thornton following the restart and pulled a disappearing act of his own before the mandatory lap 50 caution.