Lima, Jan 13 (EFE) .- Peru added almost 3,000 new cases of covid-19 on Wednesday, while the government announced new measures to try to contain the second wave of the pandemic, which has placed the limit of the capacity to attend to health facilities in the country.
The official report of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) indicated that in the last 24 hours another 2,932 cases and 74 deaths were reported, which raised the total number of infected to 1,043,640 and 38,473 deaths.
In addition, another 2,374 recovered were reported, which increased to 973,374 the total number of people who have already been discharged from a medical center or have completed their home quarantine.
Thus, active cases in the Andean country rose to 31,793, of which 7,500 are hospitalized and 1,541 of them in intensive care units (ICU).
This Wednesday, the Peruvian government announced that from January 15 it will apply a group of “focused” measures that seek to control the increase in indicators of the pandemic and expand the capacity of national health facilities.
Although it is not yet contemplated to return to a total quarantine, for the moment it was indicated that the regions of Áncash, Ica, Junín, Lambayeque, Piura, Tacna and Lima provinces (except the capital and Callao) will return from January 15 to a confinement total on Sundays, as the traffic of vehicles and pedestrians is prohibited that day.
In these same regions, the night curfew was extended from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., while for Lima, Callao and ten other regions it will be increased from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and on Sundays it will only be will prohibit the circulation of vehicles.
In other regions where the second wave has not yet started, the curfew will be maintained between 11:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., as was the rule at the national level until now.
The Government did not limit interregional passenger transport but it did ratify the suspension of commercial flights with Europe until January 31.
OXYGEN AND ICU BEDS
Regarding health care, the Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzetti, pointed out that each of the regions has its own plan to contain the second wave in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.
He added that a “reinforcement” of ICU beds will be implemented and 160 assisted ventilation equipment is being deployed to deliver to the regions of the country according to their need and management capacity.
In addition, the supply of oxygen in the interior of the country is being reinforced, so that all health establishments can meet the requirements of patients.
Mazzetti also indicated that the first million of the 36 million vaccines purchased from the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm are expected to arrive in the country before the end of the month.
WITHOUT TOTAL CONFINEMENT
The president of Peru, Francisco Sagasti, remarked this Wednesday that all these measures will be reviewed every fifteen days depending on the evolution of the pandemic in each region and said that only if the situation worsens will a total confinement be imposed.
“We do not want to reach extreme confinement or strict quarantine for everyone, but if the pending of hospitalizations and deaths in any region is lifted, we will have to reach that,” he said.
Sagasti said that the objective of the authorities is to “save lives” and measures such as total confinement have to be ordered in extreme situations because they also know “that there are Peruvians who have to earn a living.”
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