The number of patients infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) rose to 580 in Peru as at Thursday at 00:00 hours (local time), the Ministry of Health (Minsa)
To date, confirmed cases have been reported in the capital city of Lima (453), followed by the regions: Piura (20), Loreto (18), Arequipa (15), Callao (15), Lambayeque (12), Junin (11), Cusco (10), La Libertad (9), Ancash (6), Tumbes (3), Ica (3), Huanuco (2), Madre de Dios (1), San Martin (1), Cajamarca (1). Other 8,639 samples tested negative for COVID-19.
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:
• 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.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.