Measures announced by Peru President in Sunday's address to the nation

12:39 | Lima, Mar. 16.

In a televised address to the nation on Sunday evening, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced a series of additional measures that the Government will take to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the South American country.

1. State of national emergency declared for a period of 15 days via Supreme Decree. The measure implies mandatory social isolation for all Peruvian citizens during said period. 

2. Due to the emergency, the exercise of constitutional rights relating to personal freedom and security, the inviolability of homes, and the freedom of assembly, as well as transit across the national territory, are restricted.

3. People are only allowed to circulate in public for the provision and access to services and essential goods such as: acquisition, production, and supply of food items, which includes their storage and distribution for selling to the public. 

Likewise, for the acquisition, production, and provision of pharmaceutical products and essentials; the attendance to health centers and establishments, as well as diagnostic centers, in case of emergency; and the return to the place of habitual residence.

Similarly, for the assistance and care of the elderly, children, teenagers, dependents, disabled persons, and vulnerable people; for financial entities; insurance and pension systems, as well as complementary and related services that guarantee their proper functioning.

Additionally, for the production, storage, transportation, distribution, and sale of fuel; the media; and call centers.

4. Total closure of borders, suspension of international passenger transport by land, air, sea, and river. Transport of cargo and merchandise is not included.

5. Collection of samples at home for people with coronavirus symptoms, an improved 113 telephone line, and increased resources for the management and treatment of municipal and biohazardous waste.

6. Public and private sector employers are empowered to modify the place of provision of services for all their workers, using means or mechanisms that make it possible.

7. On an exceptional basis, an extraordinary bonus will be awarded to health personnel and contracted personnel who provide alert and response services at Intensive Care Units and hospitalization areas, or those who conduct epidemiological surveillance activities and home visits to patients receiving outpatient care.

8. Payment of an extraordinary bonus to Social Health Insurance care staff for effective work.

9. A transfer of S/40 million (around US$11.3 million) to the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion for the establishment of a Support Network for the Elderly at High Risk and Persons with Severe Disability.

10. The Ministries of Health and Women-Vulnerable Populations, as well as regional and local governments, will be provided resources to finance the provision of a home visit service and nominal follow-up in their respective jurisdictions.

11. The Executive Branch will provide resources, in an exceptional way, to the most deprived families so that they can comply with the measure. Details of the procedure will be made available in the coming days.


Published: 3/16/2020