Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Friday afternoon announced that the state of emergency against COVID-19 will be extended thru Sunday May 24.
In this sense, the top official considered that the contagion level reduction rate is not sufficient yet.
To date, curfew is effective as of 6:00 p.m. in most regions, with the exception of Loreto, Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad, where it starts at 4:00 p.m. Immobilization hours will not vary in these areas.
On Sundays, social immobilization will remain in place all day long.
The President reported that the social isolation and immobilization measures to face the pandemic are paying off. Since they were decreed by the Government, the contagion rate dropped from three to one.
"And the great challenge is to lower it even further," he noted.
Mr. Vizcarra asserted that the decision was made at the Council of Ministers, following the meetings held since last Wednesday.
In addition, he said, the measure has the support of the State Council and experts in the matter.
On this occasion, the President was joined by members of the Council of Ministers. The event was held at the Government Palace in Lima.
Friday marks the fifty-fourth day of mandatory social isolation.