January 16, 2021

Peru borders on 120,000 cases of COVID-19 after 70 days of quarantine

Peru is very close to reaching the 120,000 accumulated cases of COVID-19 and the 3,500 deaths when it completes 70 days of quarantine this Sunday, consolidated as the second country in Latin America with the most infected, only behind Brazil, and the twelfth in the world.

The figures for Peru are consistent with the large number of tests it has carried out on the population, with more than 820,000 samples between rapid and molecular (PCR) since the first case was detected on March 6.

The last balance offered this Sunday by the Ministry of Health threw a total of 3,456 deaths, 83 of them on the last day, which meant the second time this week that the daily number of deaths is below one hundred.

Those infected rose to 119,959, with 4,205 new in the last 24 hours, which represents 12.9% of the 32,626 tests that were processed on Saturday.

The hospitalized amounted to 7,779, a hundred more than the day before, of which 920 are connected to artificial respirators in intensive care units (ICU).

Thus Peru ends its tenth week of confinement, a quarantine that began on March 16 and that the Government extended on Friday until June 30, although with a slight economic opening for sectors such as professional football, electronic commerce, hairdressing salons, dentists, carpenters and electricians.


Over the next ten days, the Peruvian authorities will count on the help of a Chinese medical mission, made up of four experts who arrived in Lima on Saturday to advise on strategies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in the country.

The four doctors are specialists in pulmonology, infectious diseases, intensive care and neurology and come from Nanfang Hospital in China’s Guangdong province, which was selected by the Health Commission of that region after sending similar teams to Serbia and Malaysia.

This group arrived at the request of Peru to China, whose presidents, the Peruvian Martín Vizcarra and the Chinese Xi Jinping, had a telephone conversation a few days ago to assess the consequences caused in the South American country by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which spread around the world from China.

The members of this mission will advise on prevention, epidemiological monitoring and control of the pandemic; clinical management of mild, moderate and critical cases; and prevention of the risk of infection of health personnel.


The Chinese doctors were received at the same airport by the Peruvian Minister of Health, Víctor Zamora, who visited the National Stadium together with President Vizcarra this Sunday, which these days serves as the coordination center for the rapid response teams, whose members do house-to-house testing.

There the president explained that the objective of his administration is to double the number of these teams in a short time in order to cover the increased demand for suspected cases.

“Currently there are 1,000 teams, each one made up of three people. Of these, 250 are in Lima and 750 in the rest of the country. However, the next goal is to double the number and, in a short time, we will have 2,000, and gradually, “said Vizcarra.

The head of state explained that from next week each team will be strengthened with doctors who will make the diagnosis and indicate the treatment and, if applicable, the delivery of medicines.


Meanwhile, the race to increase hospital capacity nationwide also continues, after the government has set out to double the number of beds for COVID-19 patients to 20,000 observation beds and 2,000 ICUs by June 30.

In this sense, the Legacy Project 2019, which is in charge of managing the infrastructure of the recent Pan American Games in Lima 2019, will be in charge of arming four field hospitals in Lima in the coming days.

“We will work at the Cayetano Heredia Hospital, where we will install 40 beds in the ICU, as well as at the Sergio Bernales de Collique Hospital, the Lanfranco La Hoz de Puente Piedra Hospital and the Hipólito Unánue de El Agustino”, announced the Legado 2019 executive director, Alberto Valenzuela.

The largest isolation center of COVID-19 in the country is already fully operational in Villa Panamericana, with 1,800 beds for sensitive patients whose life may be at risk for other additional diseases, as well as a field hospital with 100 beds.


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