The Government of Peru reminded citizens this Thursday that the COVID-19 epidemic “does not expire due to a supreme decree”, when the second day of the end of the total quarantine in the country has been met with the report of more than 10,000 deceased and less than 100,000 active cases of the disease.
In this context, the Interior Minister, Gastón Rodríguez, warned that you can “put the police, the military and the local government, but if people do not understand” and ignore the sanitary measures, they will “have difficulties and can be considered a flare-up” of the disease, which begins to have a slow decline in the country.
“The virus does not expire by a supreme decree or by an emergency decree, the virus is on the street. So it depends on each one, there is no need to crowd or get on the crazy (public transport) as it was before. It is an issue of responsibility and social conscience, “Rodríguez emphasized after visiting a Lima Metro station.
LESS THAN 100,000 ACTIVE CASES
The figures offered this Thursday by the Ministry of Health indicated that Peru currently has 99,862 active cases of the disease, for a total of 292,004 infected since the first case was reported on March 6.
Although this latest report added 3,527 new ones detected, in the same period there were 3,852 people who were discharged from a medical center or completed their home quarantine, a trend that continued for the sixth consecutive day in the country
Thus, the total number of medical discharges reached 182,097, while another 185 deaths were reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 10,045 since the start of the epidemic.
There are currently 11,179 hospitalized patients, with the addition of 71 more, and 1,220 of them remain in intensive care units (ICU), with mechanical respiration.
In the last hours, another 20,892 samples were taken, between rapid and molecular, bringing the total number of tests to detect the disease, between rapid and molecular, to 1,720,261.
In this scenario, Rodríguez questioned the “irresponsible” attitude of many people during the first hours of the end of the national quarantine, which lasted 107 days and since July 1 has been fully maintained in 7 of its 25 regions.
He stressed that, despite the end of the restriction, citizens should only leave their homes to carry out strictly necessary activities and always with respect to physical distance, the use of masks and constant hand washing.
The minister said this after local media showed large crowds of people struggling to take public transport, enter shopping centers and leave in groups for Lima, the city most affected by the epidemic, with more than 160,000 total cases and 4,650 deaths. , Until now.
Rodríguez also criticized that many citizens have disregarded the curfew, which still remains in force from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the next day, and announced that the security forces will “act firmly” and will be “inflexible” to enforce that restriction.
In this regard, Defense Minister Walter Martos reported that the Executive is evaluating the latest measures adopted and the effects they will have in the face of the pandemic, and said that, if necessary, restrictions will be re-imposed.
“We do not rule out any measure, if we have to go back to restrictive measures, we will have to do it,” he emphasized.
Martos added that the Armed Forces will continue to be deployed together with the National Police in the places with the largest crowds to guarantee compliance with sanitary security measures and mandatory distancing.
“As citizens we must understand that we continue with the pandemic and absolutely all of us have a responsibility to keep social distance,” he emphasized.
In this sense, the Ombudsman’s Office urged the Executive on Thursday to implement an urgent plan to expand the urban transport service and rationalize its use, to guarantee the health of citizens and avoid an increase in infections.
He recommended that special and inter-provincial transport vehicles be allowed to provide urban transport and that the Metropolitan’s special system be increased, with the aim of increasing the vehicle fleet and decongesting public transport.
The Ombudsman also called for staggered hours of entry to work centers, for public entities and private companies to contract the exclusive transport service for their staff and for remote work to be reinforced.
VACCINATION TO VULNERABLE POPULATION
For his part, the Minister of Health, Víctor Zamora, stressed that Peru has become the first country in Latin America to vaccinate the most vulnerable population against diseases unrelated to COVID-19 during the pandemic.
The minister recalled that the arrival of COVID-19 “affected the first level of care” because “all efforts were focused on increasing the beds in hospitals”, which “allowed saving the lives of more than 100,000” people.
In this new stage, “the health services where citizens live will be carried out, through telemedicine, electronic prescription” and 1,250 points will also be installed in health facilities to detect and monitor cases of the coronavirus, he said.