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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Chilean government on Thursday announced special social-distancing regulations for Christmas, New Year and the December 14th total eclipse of the sun, in a bid to avoid mass gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The special plans respond to the need to "anticipate and prevent situations" that will worsen the outbreak, government spokesperson Jaime Bellolio said at a press conference.

President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday extended a state of emergency for the third time.

The 90-day extension to the state of catastrophe, which was declared more than 8 months ago, came amid fears that . . .

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