The President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, announced this Friday the extension of the state of emergency until May 24 to reduce the rate of contagion of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (causing the disease of COVID-19), although the touch Night stay will start at 8:00 pm, two hours later than applied to date.
In a presentation from the Government Palace, Vizcarra declared that “we have to extend the state of emergency for two more weeks, until Sunday the 24th, because it would not be responsible for us that, when we are with a contagion rate greater than one, lift it. That would cause a regrowth. “
The validity of the quarantine expired next Sunday, May 10, but as the contagion curve continued to rise, several ministers of State, such as those of Defense and the Interior, announced that it should be extended especially due to the percentage of non-compliance with the measures 40% of the population in some regions.
This decision collides with requests from business associations and analysts, who advocated raising the demand for compulsory social isolation to avoid an even greater disaster for the economy.
CONTAGIO MINO UNO
The head of state explained that at the beginning of the state of emergency, decreed on March 15, the contagion rate was three, that is, each patient could infect three other people, but that with the quarantine measures and touch of it has been applied since then has been reduced to little more than one.
However, he added that the effort made so far to reduce the contagion rate to less than one must be maintained.
“Currently, with this social immobilization, each person who has a virus infects one, not three as it was at the beginning. That effort has managed to lower the contagion rate to 1.1 or 1.2,” he said.
The president stated that “we have all suffered these 54 days of state of emergency. There is no one who has not had a hard time, we all have difficulties, but in order for it to be completely worth it, we have to make an additional effort to bring it down to less than one”.
In this sense, Vizcarra, accompanied by his ministers, explained that one of the modifications to the state of emergency, starting on Monday the 11th, will be the time of the mandatory immobilization that was applied at night at the national level, with the exception of the regions from Loreto, Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad.
“As of Monday, the 11th, the mandatory immobilization that is from 6 o’clock runs until 8 at night. We will be able to make financial transactions or purchases until 8 at night,” he reported.
This measure will allow the attention in the banks to be at least until four in the afternoon and of the commercial premises until six, in order to avoid the crowds in some of the points identified as the highest sources of virus contagion .
Likewise, he also announced that starting next week, children under 14 years old will be able to leave their homes for a walk, a maximum of half an hour daily, in the company of an adult, and without leaving more than 500 meters from their homes, something that it is prohibited from the first day of the State of Emergency.
The President also announced that the Government has decided to intervene in the food markets, one of the main outbreaks of the disease in the country.
Thus, without specifying what specific measures it will take, I point out that 380 of the 2,000 markets in the country, “in critical condition”, will be intervened due to “their minimal conditions of hygiene and sanitation.
“If we decrease the influx of people in the banks, and the disorder in most markets, we will decrease the contagion rate,” said the president.
REGIONS WITH MAXIMUM RESTRICTION
However, Vizcarra said that there are regions of the country where “we still have to be quite drastic” due to the high level of patients and that they will maintain the restriction schedule from four in the afternoon, such as Loreto, Lambayeque, Piura, La Libertad and Tumbes.
At least 150,000 members of the National Police and the armed forces will be on the streets to enforce the immobilization and quarantine orders, the president said.
MORE THAN 61,000 CASES
According to the latest report of the disease issued by the Ministry of Health, the number of cases rose to 61,847 patients with the coronavirus this Friday, of which 6,155 are hospitalized, while the number of deaths rose to 1,714.
A total of 473,190 people have been sampled to rule out the disease, and 19,012 have been discharged.
Vizcarra indicated that the government has managed to increase the number of beds for hospitalization from 2,000 at the start of the pandemic to more than 8,000 today, and that the number of beds in Intensive Care Units went from 100 to more than 900.