Peru President: Government extends state of emergency thru May 10

12:56 | Lima, Apr. 23.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday afternoon announced that the Executive Branch has decided to extend the current state of emergency against COVID-19 until May 10.

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

The Head of State explained that the measure was adopted taking into account the reports and recommendations issued by technical entities, as well as the Council of Ministers. Thus, the Government is acting responsibly.

Furthermore, the statesman stressed that not having established a state of emergency 39 days ago —to prevent the spread of coronavirus— would have meant exceeding 10,000 deaths in this period.

For this reason, he called on all citizens to make greater efforts and sacrifices to avoid the COVID-19 spread.

"This disease forces us not to let our guard down and make decisions, always thinking about the sake of the country. The most important assets in the country are its people, the health of Peruvians, and the life of its population (…)," he expressed.

Mr. Vizcarra acknowledged that citizens want to be close to their relatives on Mother's Day (May 10), but insisted that it is necessary to make this sacrifice and additional efforts precisely thinking about the well-being of the loved ones.

Thursday marks the thirty-ninth day of mandatory social isolation.


Published: 4/23/2020
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