Peru PM: Social responsibility must take precedence starting tomorrow

10:17 | Lima, Jun. 30.

Starting July 1, when the localized quarantine goes into effect in the country, responsibility and readiness of Peruvians must take precedence when it comes to abiding by the measures set by the Government in order to combat the coronavirus in this new social coexistence, Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos said on Tuesday.

The President of the Council of Ministers noted that the country is still going through a difficult time, "today, June 30, every citizen would like to say that this is over and turn the page to start all over again, but that's not the case, and we need to continue taking care of ourselves," he expressed.

"A national emergency (localized quarantine) will take effect starting tomorrow. Quarantine remains in place in seven regions. Phase 3 starts tomorrow, so readiness and responsibility of all Peruvians must take precedence," he said in an interview with Radio National.

Zeballos remarked that when the health emergency was declared in Peru the message was "Stay at Home," but given the circumstances and the evolution of the pandemic the motto has changed to "Primero Mi Salud" (My Health Comes First), due to the need to promote self-regulation and self-discipline in the population.

"The economic reopening plan was announced in May, and Phase 3 starts tomorrow, but there was an implicit message behind that we were going to gradually return to a very sui-generis normalcy, in which people shall be subject to health protocols," the Cabinet chief explained.

Localized quarantine

A Supreme Decree published in an extraordinary edition of the official gazette El Peruano orders a targeted quarantine for minors under 14 years of age, as well as for people aged above 65 and citizens with comorbidities, who will remain under mandatory social isolation.

The regions of Arequipa, Ica, Junin, Huanuco, San Martin, Madre de Dios, and Ancash will also remain under mandatory social isolation. In those areas, residents will be allowed to leave their homes only to have access to essential services and goods and to carry out authorized economic activities.

Published: 6/30/2020
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