Despite having reached the 275,989 infected and 9,135 deaths, Peru reported on Saturday a drop in active cases and hospitalized by COVID-19, when it is preparing to implement “targeted” quarantines since July, as part of a “new normal” in the country.
The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported that in the last few hours 20,614 new tests were taken, including rapid and molecular tests, which enabled another 3,625 cases to be detected, while medical discharge amounted to 4,218 in the same period.
These figures were released hours after the government announced the guidelines for the “new coexistence” that will be implemented throughout July, when only total quarantine will be maintained in 7 of the 25 regions of the country.
MANY HIGHS, LESS HOSPITALIZED
With the more than 20,000 new tests, the total number of tests to detect the disease reached 1,625,135 since the national quarantine began on March 16.
These figures strengthened the tendency to have more recovered than new daily cases, since a total of 164,024 people were discharged from health centers or finished their home quarantine.
Thus, the number of recoveries exceeded active cases by 52,059, which currently number 111,965 throughout the country.
The Minsa also reported that 10,762 people are still hospitalized, 202 fewer than the day before, of which 1,169 are in intensive care units (ICUs), three fewer than the previous day.
However, the total death toll rose to 9,135, with another 196 deaths, which also maintained the death rate of the epidemic in the country at 3.31%.
After the Government announced that the total quarantine will be maintained only in 7 of the 25 regions of the country, the Prime Minister, Vicente Zeballos, assured that if “a critical situation” arises that implies a “regrowth with larger dimensions” they would become to implement the restrictions at the national level.
For this reason, he asked citizens to maintain the protocols and sanitary measures recommended as part of the “First my health” campaign, which seeks to avoid contagion during daily activities.
Zeballos reported that the third phase of the reactivation of productive activities will also begin in July, which will resume at 90%, which will imply greater citizen mobilization.
In this regard, the Defense Minister, Walter Martos, added that the Government has evaluated the impact of the first phases of the economic reactivation and said that the progressive lifting of the restrictions “has had an impact on the increase in infections, but not in peaks high but moderate and manageable. ”
STUDY IN LIMA AND CALLAO
The Ministry of Health reported that from this Sunday it will carry out a field study on COVID-19 in Metropolitan Lima and Callao with the aim of knowing the percentage of people affected or who are likely to suffer from the disease.
The study, which will last until July 3, aims to reinforce public health measures within the framework of the “new coexistence”, and will be in charge of medical teams that will visit randomly selected homes in all the capital’s districts, to apply a survey and rapid or molecular tests to detect the disease.
The Minsa assured that participation in the study will be voluntary, although it asked the public to collaborate, since the results will allow knowing the behavior of the virus “and will provide estimates of the prevalence of current or past infection.”
THREE REGIONS WITHOUT DEAD
The jungle region of Amazonas, the Andean center Pasco and southern Tacna did not present deaths by COVID-19 in the last four days, according to the Epidemiological Surveillance System of the National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases (CDC) of the Ministry of Health (Minsa).
In this regard, the epidemiologist César Munayco, director of the CDC, pointed out that “sub-epidemics” occur in different regions of Peru, with different stages of evolution and magnitude, and that epidemiological surveillance indicates that these three regions show slow growth of the illness.
Munayco also reported that on June 24 there were no deaths in eight regions of the country, including Amazonas, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, Pasco, Puno, Tacna, Tumbes and Ucayali.
However, he asked citizens not to reduce sanitary security measures such as the use of masks, social distancing and constant handwashing, to confront the virus, which he considered “highly lethal and easily contagious.”
ELECTRICITY PAYMENT BONUS
The Peruvian government announced that it will grant an economic bonus of up to 160 soles (about $ 45.7) to vulnerable families in the country so that they can cancel their electricity bills.
The measure, which seeks to benefit more than 5.3 million residential users, will allow families to cancel their pending electric service bills since last March, when the state of emergency decreed to stop the COVID-19 outbreak began.
The Ministry of Energy and Mines pointed out that this bond will benefit some 24 million Peruvians, since it will have national coverage and a social and decentralized character, so it will not apply to the so-called upper and upper middle strata of society.