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Hospital May Release Most Of Chilean Miners Today

Copiapo, Chile (CNN) -- A day after being rescued from the depths of the mine where they were trapped for 69 days, most of the 33 miners in Chile could be released from the hospital by Thursday afternoon, a hospital official said. Meanwhile, the government shifted its attention to protecting the miners and the rest of the country's work force.

Dr. Jorge Montes, assistant director of the Copiapo Hospital, said some miners suffered from minor complications, such as skin conditions, but that there was no cause for worry. The most serious case involved a miner suffering from pneumonia, he said.

In remarks after visiting the hospital, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said he could not guarantee against future accidents, but that the government will tighten oversight of workplaces.

"This we can guarantee: Never again in our country are we going to permit work in such an unsafe and inhumane environment as the San Jose mine," Pinera said, adding that there are other mines that fall into this category.

In a few days, the government will announce a new "pact" with the country's work force, Pinera said.

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