Chile's campaign trail goes virtual as all but two candidates forced into COVID lockdown

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Chilean statesmanlike campaigner Gabriel Boric from left-wing 'Apruebo Dignidad' (I Approve Dignity) conjugation listens to a question from the media aft gathering with supporters during the commencement of the allowed play for televised electoral propaganda successful Santiago, Chile, October 22, 2021. Chileans volition spell to the polls successful the archetypal circular of statesmanlike elections connected Nov. 21, 2021. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado/File Photo

SANTIAGO, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Chile's statesmanlike candidates had to big quality conferences from location and cancel question plans connected Thursday arsenic 5 retired of 7 candidates were forced to isolate for a week aft left-wing hopeful Gabriel Boric tested affirmative for COVID-19.

In summation to Boric, 4 candidates had each been successful adjacent interaction with him precocious and person since tested antagonistic for the virus, they said connected societal media. But Chile's regulations mandate that immoderate adjacent contacts isolate for astatine slightest 7 days careless of trial result.

The statesmanlike election, the archetypal since wide protests successful 2019 rocked the Andean copper-producing country, volition beryllium held connected Nov. 21 and volition spell to a 2nd circular if nary campaigner wins much than 50% of the votes.

With 3 weeks earlier the first-round vote, Boric and far-right campaigner Jose Antonio Kast are head-to-head and apt to some walk to a 2nd circular to beryllium held successful December. On Thursday, Kast was besides forced to isolate.

"Having confirmed (Boric's) diagnosis, I volition strictly travel the existent sanitation regulations and volition beryllium successful quarantine for the adjacent fewer days," Kast said successful a video shared connected societal media.

"I anticipation to spot you each soon," helium added.

The campaigner from the ruling right-wing party, Sebastian Sichel, said connected societal media helium would beryllium sharing his run proposals virtually but would caput to the streets again starting connected Tuesday.

"We proceed from location to physique a caller Chile," Boric wrote connected Twitter, who, according to radical adjacent to him, has a fever and is considering doing a virtual tour. Boric had been vaccinated.

Yasna Provoste, a center-left Christian Democratic campaigner and sitting lawmaker, was besides forced to isolate. She is presently 3rd successful the polls, but with fractional the enactment of Boric oregon Kast.

Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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