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Peru: Health Ministry requests citizens to remain alert to possible second COVID-19 wave

15:14 | Lima, Sep. 22.

All the COVID-19 indicators are decreasing in Peru. However, citizens must be alert and not lower their guard against the possibility of a second wave, especially after witnessing what is happening in several European countries, Deputy Public Health Minister Luis Suarez affirmed on Tuesday.

"We are attentive to what is happening in Europe. We can't assure that the same won't happen in Peru or any other country in the Americas," he expressed.

"What has been observed in Europe is that, between four to five months after the first epidemic peaks, its countries are having true outbreaks or second waves. This has been observed in France, Italy, Spain and Belgium. Therefore, it is not an isolated phenomenon; it is something that is occurring in a common way," he indicated.


The government official added that the places with the highest risk are those which have been least impacted by COVID-19, such as the case of Lima, where 25% of the population already has antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. However, 75% still is susceptible to contagion.


(END) NDP/LIT/MVB

Published: 9/22/2020
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