Foreign Affairs Minister Gustavo Meza-Cuadra reported that the number of
, following the closure of borders and the suspension of international flights —as a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the South American nation— will double to around 7,000 this week.
The government official noted that 4,800 fellow citizens and residents, who were stranded in different parts of the world, have returned to the country with the support of the Government.
Additionally, he pledged continued efforts to facilitate the return of Peruvians this week, giving priority to those in vulnerable situations.
Meza-Cuadra emphasized that the priority is the health of all Peruvians, which is why different protocols were applied —to facilitate their return— when airports were closed
For this reason, Peruvian nationals or residents arriving in the country are sent to a hotel, instead of home, to comply with the quarantine because the social isolation cannot be put at risk.