The incidence of COVID-19 in Peru on Monday exceeded 200 deaths and reached almost 10,000 cases in five weeks since the first positive was reported, although the progression of mortality has been halved, falling from 29% to 14 % increase in new deaths from the virus.
This was announced this Monday by the President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, in his daily television appearance to report on the balance of the pandemic in the country, which has currently caused 216 deaths and 9,784 infected. In the last twenty-four hours, 23 new deaths and 2,265 new cases of the disease were reported.
In just one week, 7,223 new cases were reported, which is in line with the great increase in tests carried out nationwide. In the last seven days, more than 67,000 tests were carried out, which is more than three times the 20,400 that had been carried out in the previous three weeks.
There are currently 901 hospitalized patients, of whom 143 are in intensive care units (ICU) and connected to a mechanical ventilator. Also, there are already more than 2,200 patients recovered with medical discharge.
Vizcarra assured that the confinement and closing of borders decreed for the entire country for four weeks has effectively served to stop the spread of the disease in the Peruvian territory.
In addition to halving the rate of increase in deaths, the head of state also noted that the daily increase in new cases has gone from 21% to 20% in the last two weeks, while the daily increase in hospitalized in the ICU has increased from 22% to 17%.
According to the president, these figures are making it possible to flatten the curve and thus avoid the collapse of Peru’s limited health system, which at the start of the emergency had just 100 artificial breaths for COVID-19 cases and which at forced marches managed to extend it now until 504.
“These indicators allow us to ensure that the measures we have taken have positive, but not optimal, effects as we would like. If the efforts of citizens to respect quarantine were greater, the results would be even better,” said Vizcarra.
FINES WILL REINFORCE QUARANTINE
For this reason, the president anticipated that starting this week, fines will be imposed on those who transgress the rule of leaving only one person per household to make basic purchases. “We have asked for simple things,” he added.
However, the president pointed out that “if the trend is the same or better in the next two weeks, it allows a glimpse of an exit from April 26,” the last day scheduled for the state of emergency.
“That does not mean that on the 27th it returned to normal, it will be a gradual process, with very detailed monitoring of activities,” added Vizcarra.
In that sense, Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos already anticipated this Sunday that it is likely that throughout 2020, sports venues, cinemas and discotheques, among other places with a high concentration of people, will not open to the public.
AID TO EMPLOYEES WITHOUT WAGES
During the Council of Ministers held this Monday at the Government Palace of Lima, the Peruvian Executive approved a decree with financial aid for workers who are left without pay during the emergency.
This rule will allow workers whose wages are less than 2,400 soles ($ 718) to withdraw the same amount from their time-of-service compensation account (CTS) and up to 2,000 soles ($ 600) from their private pension funds.
This is because the Government had ordered that companies continue to pay their workers wages during the first fifteen days of the emergency, but this is about to come a month.
“As a government we have to defend work but also the source of work, in a balance between the two,” Zeballos explained.
The measure is expected to benefit 2.4 million workers, who will join the 3.5 million people who are not currently contributing to pension funds and who were also previously allowed to withdraw 2,000 soles if they had not done six months new contributions.
EXTRA RESOURCE AT THE COSTS OF PENSIONS
In total, there are some 6 million people who are expected to withdraw between 8,500 and 9,000 million soles (from 2,500 to 2,700 million dollars) in the next few days from the private pension fund system.
Likewise, for the employees of micro-enterprises that do not have pension funds, the Government will establish a subsidy of 760 soles ($ 227) for three months that will have a budget of about 650 million soles (195 million dollars), according to what was specified. the Minister of Economy and Finance, María Antonieta Alva.
However, the Minister of Labor and Employment Promotion, Sylvia Cáceres, ruled out in full that the Government is going to allow collective and mass dismissals without prior notice that the Peruvian employers had requested.