The number of citizens infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) rose to 1,595 in Peru and the death toll reached 61 as at Friday at 00:00 (local time), the Ministry of Health (Minsa) has confirmed.
Regarding the confirmed cases, 663 (41.57%) are women, and 932 (58.43%) are men. Of this total, 348 are seniors, 926 are adults, 265 are youth, 26 are teenagers, and 30 are children.
To date, confirmed cases have been reported in the capital city of Lima (1179), followed by the regions: Loreto (84), Callao (59), Cusco (44), La Libertad (44), Arequipa (37), Lambayeque (35), Piura (27), Junin (19), Ancash (18), Tumbes (16), Ica (8), Huanuco (6), San Martin (6), Cajamarca (4), Tacna (3), Madre de Dios (2), Apurimac (1), Ayacucho (1), Huancavelica (1), Pasco (1), Amazonas (0), Moquegua (0), Puno (0), and Ucayali (0).
However, 15,739 samples tested negative for COVID-19.
On the other hand, the death toll currently stands at 61, including 41 seniors, 18 adults, and 2 young people.
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.