Peru: Government extends state of emergency until May 24

13:49 | Lima, May. 8.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Friday afternoon announced that the state of emergency against COVID-19 will be extended thru Sunday May 24.

The Head of State deemed the need to extend the quarantine as an additional effort to continue lowering the contagion rates in the South American nation.

"We have to extend the state of emergency for two more weeks, until Sunday, May 24. It would irresponsible for me, as President, to lift the quarantine. That could lead to generating a new outbreak and returning to the levels that existed before," he expressed.

In this sense, the top official considered that the contagion level reduction rate is not sufficient yet.

Likewise, the statesman informed that compulsory social immobilization (curfew) —starting May 11— will kick off at 8:00 p.m.

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.

Initially set to last from March 16 to 30, the social isolation had been first extended to April 12, then thru April 26, followed by May 10, and recently until Sunday May 24.

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.


Published: 5/8/2020
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