President Martin Vizcarra announced the new measures adopted by Peru as part of the state of national emergency declared in response to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the South American country.
Below is a list of the main announcements made on day 36 of the emergency response:
2. 385 out of the 525 intensive care unit (ICU) beds in the country have been occupied, with only 140 ICU beds available for new seriously ill coronavirus patients. There are 61 ICU beds available in Lima, as 318 are already occupied.
6. An urgency decree, signed on Monday, allocates resources for regional governments to receive Peruvians wishing to return to their places of origin. Humanitarian domestic trips shall be gradual and give priority to the most vulnerable people.
8. Peru's Economy and Finance Minister Maria Antonieta Alva announced that the Government will improve the design of the Business Support Fund (FAE),
which has so far supported 22,000 micro- and small-enterprises (MSEs) with S/188 million (US$55.1 million), and there is an additional demand for support from other 71,000, worth S/813 million (about US$238.6 million).
9. Labor and Employment Promotion Minister Sylvia Caceres reported that nearly 5,200 companies have applied the perfect suspension (suspension without pay), of which over 3,200 are MSEs. "We will not tolerate any abuse in the use of this measure," she pointed out.