A total of 8,716 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded at the national level during the last epidemiological week (EW 47), which means some 1,245 people were infected with coronavirus every day in Peru, the Intelligence and Data Analysis Unit (UIAD) of the Social Health Insurance System (EsSalud)
EsSalud's spokesperson, Dante Cersso, expressed concern about the upward trend in cases seen over the last three consecutive weeks, during which more than 1,000 new infections were recorded every day.
A total of 7,085 new cases were reported in epidemiological week 45 —a figure that increased to 9,521 in the following week (EW 46), while 8,716 people were infected in the last seven-day period.
"From the first week of September and for 10 weeks, the number of weekly positive cases did not surpass 6,000; however, a rise has been observed over the last three weeks, which exceeded said figure," he warned.
Cersso remarked that —during the last epidemiological week— an increase in COVID-19 positive cases was recorded in the districts of Santiago de Surco and Villa El Salvador —7% and 9%, respectively.
Piura region showed a sustained increase over 7 consecutive weeks, going from 280 to 861 new cases during the last week.
Other regions experiencing a surge in cases for two consecutive weeks were: Ucayali, going from 9 to 27; and Junin, going from 229 to 256.
The EsSalud's spokesperson noted that —according to statistics— confirmed COVID-19 cases increased in the 65-69 age group, going from 150 to 343 new cases during the last week.
In addition, 229 deaths were reported during the last week, down 12 compared to the previous week (241 deaths).