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Peru recorded more than 100 deaths and 4,000 infected with coronavirus in one day

People wait outside Lima's central market as Peru halts activities due to the coronavirus outbreak (REUTERS / Sebastian Castaneda)
People wait outside Lima's central market as Peru halts activities due to the coronavirus outbreak (REUTERS / Sebastian Castaneda)

Peru again added this Saturday more than 4,000 new people infected by the coronavirus in a single day and in total there are already 115,754 cases of COVID-19 accumulated since the emergency began on March 6, with 3,373 deaths by adding 129 in the last 24 hours.

Mortality from the disease rose to more than a hundred after one of the lowest figures in recent days had been registered on Friday, when it had been recorded at 96, according to the latest bulletin with the balance of the pandemic in the country offered by the Ministry of Health.

This is one of the days that more tests have been processed since almost 38,000 samples have been taken, reason why the 4,056 positives represent a little more than 10% of the total, one of the lowest percentages of the last days, where that rate reached up to 25%.

Therefore, the COVID-19 apparently remains on a plateau of infections, as the Government has described it since last week, but without signs of decline, which has forced the confinement to be extended until June 30, although it will be allowed the return to the activity of some businesses such as electronic commerce.

ECONOMIC REACTIVATION WITH CONFINEMENT

The list of businesses that may operate from June was published this Saturday within the decree that extends the state of emergency and includes activities such as hairdressers, dental clinics and reproduction centers.

The extension of the quarantine for the population continues to be opposed by the Medical College of Peru (CMP), which for weeks has insisted on controlling the pandemic with sanitary fences in districts or provinces so that those areas where the spread of virus is already on the decline.

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However, the Ministry of Health maintains that to reach this scenario an average must be reached where each carrier of the SARS-CoV-2 virus infects less than one person, which has not yet been achieved, although according to its minister, Víctor Zamora, it is close to achieving it.

With these numbers, Peru continues to establish itself as the second country with the most cases of COVID-19 in Latin America and the twelfth in the world, although with almost 800,000 it is by far the country that has applied the most tests among its neighbors, even with those that have a larger population such as Argentina and Colombia.

Without underestimating the molecular tests (PCR), the strategy of the Peruvian Government has been to apply massively rapid tests, and thus has managed to detect almost 85,000 cases in just a month and a half.

EMERGENCY IN PRISONS

In the face of next week, the eleventh of confinement, the Government achieved in the early hours of this Saturday that Congress granted it legislative powers to undo the prisons, where the coronavirus was introduced and caused almost 200 deaths, of them 182 prisoners and 12 prison officials.

In total there are almost 2,000 contagions, of them more than 1,200 in prisoners and nearly 700 in workers of the National Penitentiary Institution (Inpe), which was the cause of a wave of violent riots, the worst of them in the Miguel Castro Castro prison. , from Lima, where nine inmates died.

Congress finally gave the government free rein to enact measures to reduce the prison population after denying them days ago and then rejecting two bills sent by the Executive regarding this matter.

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Thus, the Government of President Martín Vizcarra has seven days to issue regulations that reduce prison overcrowding, since There are 97,500 prisoners in 68 prisons with a capacity of just over 40,000 inmates.

The measures will focus on reviewing the cases of the more than 30,000 prosecuted by the Peruvian Justice who are in preventive detention without a final sentence and awaiting trial.

The legislative initiative that the Government has already presented to Congress contemplated giving parolees to those who are in preventive detention for crimes that are not serious and sending prisoners with sentences of less than 8 years for minor crimes to community services.

Within the state of emergency, the Government has already begun to release some prisoners whose health status constitutes a risk to their lives if they contract the coronavirus. This has been granted around 200 pardons and sentence reductions, and some 800 prisoners who have paid their alimony debts for their children have also been released.

With information from EFE

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