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The Government of Peru extended the quarantine for coronavirus until June 30

The President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra. EFE / Ernesto Arias / Archive
The President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra. EFE / Ernesto Arias / Archive

Peru, the second country in Latin America most affected by the coronavirus with 111,698 cases and 3,244 deaths, will remain confined until June 30, but with more flexible rules to tackle a new phase of economic recovery that will allow activities such as electronic commerce.

This was announced this Friday by the Peruvian president, Martín Vizcarra, after approving in a session of the Council of Ministers the decree that extends the quarantine in force in the country from March 16, which will make the confinement of Peru three and a half months.

In this new period they will continue nocturnal curfews, border closures and a ban on passenger transport internal both ground and air, but some sectors will be reactivated that will be added to the basic necessities that had been in operation since the beginning of the state of emergency.

Just as restaurants have been allowed to deliver at home for two weeks, businesses will also be able to do so now and for this, the resumption of mobile applications that provide services of this type will also be allowed, provided they comply with the protocols established by the Ministry of Health.

SOCCER WILL RETURN

Likewise, home maintenance services may restart their activities as carpenters, plumbers and electricians, as well as hairdressers, dentists and reproduction centers. Also professional soccer, so that the Peruvian league will resume, but without an audience.

“Nothing is going to be the same from here to the future. We have to learn as people and as citizens to move towards a new coexistence, "said Vizcarra.

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In this sense, the Minister of Economy and Finance, María Antonieta Alva, recalled that the quarantine of Peru "It has been one of the most aggressive in the region", Which has made its economy work at 44% during this time," which will be evident in the economic growth figures. "

"The idea is that the economic reactivation is progressive and gradually sits in the pockets of companies and individuals," said Alva.

File photo. A woman buys products in the central market in Lima, while Peru extends a national closure amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lima, Peru. May 8, 2020. REUTERS / Sebastián Castañeda
File photo. A woman buys products in the central market in Lima, while Peru extends a national closure amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lima, Peru. May 8, 2020. REUTERS / Sebastián Castañeda

A LONG PLATEAU

Although Vizcarra said last week that the contagion curve in Peru was on a plateau, the Peruvian president acknowledged this Friday that there are still not enough reasons to lower his guard.

Especially after this week, the tenth of the state of emergency, the records of deaths and infections in one day have been recorded, only to place the country among the largest in the world in the number of infections and deaths.

With the latest data provided by the Ministry of Health, COVID-19 has caused 3,244 deaths so far, 96 in the last 24 hours, and 111,698 infections, of which 2,929 in the last day.

RECORD OF BUSY UCIS

Hospitals are treating 7,545 infected, of whom 901 are connected to artificial respirators in intensive care units (ICUs), the highest number since the emergency began in the country.

In this regard, the Minister of Health, Víctor Zamora, indicated that Peru still does not meet the conditions established by the World Health Organization (WHO), especially the requirement that the number of people that an infected person transmits is less than one.

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"We approach this figure slowly but consistently"Said Zamora, who assured that the pandemic is beginning to remission in the hardest hit regions such as Lima, the northern Piura and Lambayeque and the Amazon Loreto, but acknowledged that" it is now on the rise "in others such as Ancash and Ica, in the coast, and Ucayali, in the Amazon.

DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF BEDS

During the new expansion of confinement, the Peruvian government has set itself the "ambitious" goal of doubling the country's hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients to reach 20,000 beds and 2,000 ICUs.

Currently, there are barely 150 intensive care units available, the majority in regions little affected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so Vizcarra recognized that "it is not enough" and they must continue making efforts to try to prevent the disease from overflowing a health system which he recognized as "precarious".

(With information from EFE)

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