Cases of coronavirus ruled out in Peru

19:43 | Lima, Jan. 31.

The novel coronavirus has been ruled out for four isolated suspicious cases at Dos de Mayo Hospital in Lima, as laboratory testing was negative for them. Therefore, the presence of cases in Peru has been ruled out as well, National Health Institute (INS) Director Hans Vasquez said on Friday.

In a press conference, he stated that the three Chinese citizens and their Peruvian translator —who had been to Wuhan (the epicenter of the outbreak) and were taken to a specialized area of Dos de Mayo National Hospital— were discharged after being kept under observation for about a week.

According to Vazquez, the testing performed by both INS and the Ministry of Health (Minsa) is completely free of charge.

Finally, the official addressed citizens to reiterate the need to follow preventive recommendations such as washing hands with water and soap, covering mouth with your forearm when coughing or sneezing, as well as avoiding contact with people with respiratory symptoms.


Published: 1/31/2020