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Health Min: We cannot say there is a fresh COVID-19 outbreak in Peru

11:19 | Lima, Jul. 31.

Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti affirmed that "we still cannot say that there is a fresh outbreak of COVID-19" in Peru, adding that confirmed cases are on a slight upward trend.


"We still cannot say that there is a fresh outbreak, but there is a small increase (in deaths) from 194 to 205," she said on Thursday night at a press conference.

The Minsa's head remarked that "from now on, everyone has to pay close attention to the figures" in order to trace the behavior of the pandemic, after calling on the population to respect biosecurity measures to avoid an increase in COVID-19 infections.

"That is why we want to design the website (COVID-19 Situation Room) in such a way that it shows how we are doing in one line, because that would be more descriptive."

According to the Ministry of Health (Minsa), the number of citizens infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) rose to 407,492 in Peru and the death toll reached 19,021 as of Thursday at 00:00 (local time).

ICU beds

On the other hand, the government official reported that, as of Thursday, there were 1,569 intensive care beds across the country, of which 1,421 were occupied.

"We believe that people who are getting sick have a greater need for intensive care beds," and this would be associated with the reopening of economic activities, "but we cannot afford to let our guard down and get more people sick because of that."

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Published: 7/31/2020
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