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COVID-19 in Peru: 199 Delta variant cases confirmed nationwide

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15:30 | Lima, Aug. 29.

Peru has so far reported 199 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in different regions across the country, Health Minister Hernando Cevallos has reported.

During his visit to Piura, where he supervised the fulfillment of the Six Vaccinathon, Cevallos affirmed that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) and regional governments have developed a national plan to face an eventual third wave of COVID-19.

"Even though the most aggressive variant (Delta) has not prevailed —because gamma is currently the predominant strain— the Delta variant continues to spread, with 199 cases recorded nationwide," he pointed out.

The government official warned that figures are changing day after day "and everybody knows that the genomic control capacity in our country is very limited."

The health sector's head remarked that there has been a sharp decline in the numbers, which created a "false sense of safety." However, he underlined that such trend has paused in recent weeks.

"International experience suggests that if this happens, a third wave may have already started," he explained.

The Cabinet member reiterated the call for people to receive the two doses of the vaccine and to continue adhering to biosafety measures in order to reduce the risk of infection.

On the other hand, the high-ranking official underscored the work of nurses, "as they are supporting these immunization drives nationwide, by vaccinating during the day and at night."

(END) LIT/RMB

Published: 8/29/2021
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