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Peru: Coronavirus cases total 876,885; 792,892 have been discharged

22:24 | Lima, Oct. 21

The number of citizens infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) rose to 876,885 in Peru and the death toll reached 33,937 as of Tuesday at 10:00 p.m., the Ministry of Health (Minsa) has confirmed.

3,416,863 samples tested negative for COVID-19 —out of a total of 4,293,748.

It must be noted that 792,892 people have been discharged and declared healthy. Other 5,743 were hospitalized.

Minsa is the official source of authorized information on coronavirus in the South American country. Thus, the content circulating in social media and other unofficial networks should not be deemed as true.

The ministry recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; covering nose and mouth with the forearm or a tissue when coughing or sneezing; avoiding eye, nose, and mouth touching with unwashed hands; and avoiding close contact with people who have respiratory illnesses.

Minsa recommends that people should take the following preventive measures:

• Wear a face mask / and a face shield when using public transportation.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Cover your nose and mouth with your forearm or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

(END) MVB

Published: 10/21/2020
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