Peru takes measures to revive the economy after coronavirus

ANDINA/Prensa Presidencia

ANDINA/Prensa Presidencia

14:49 | Lima, Mar. 24.

The President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra on Tuesday afternoon affirmed that his administration is taking and evaluating measures to reactivate Peru's economy once the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic impact has been stopped.

The Head of State indicated that the first measures are of a sanitary nature in order to attend to and deal with the disease —with the support of the governing body, which is the Ministry of Health.

"But we are also taking a series of economic measures with the purpose of attending to vulnerable families and to small companies that lose their capital. We are considering a series of measures for the time that we will be able to stop this epidemic, (including) how we are going to reactivate the economy, because this will not last forever, it is a defined period of time," he expressed.

In this regard, the top official said that all sectors of the country —public and private— must put forth the effort to contain the spread of coronavirus and then reactivate the economy.

"So, we have to be thinking about what to do now, but also thinking about the medium and long terms. There are measures that we are working on; obviously, we are going to make them known gradually and progressively," he emphasized.

The statesman specified that "specific measures" are being taken to meet the needs of those who are economically affected by this health emergency in Peru.

Remarks were made in a televised Address to the Nation, within the framework of a 15-day mandatory social isolation imposed to prevent the COVID-19 from further spreading in the South American country.

On this occasion, the President was joined by members of the Council of Ministers and other authorities. The event was held at the Government Palace in Lima.

Tuesday marks the ninth day of mandatory social isolation.


Published: 3/24/2020
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