Peru President: Measures against COVID-19 were taken to prevent further damage

18:16 | Lima, Apr. 29.

The President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday afternoon affirmed that —thanks to the measures taken by the Government to face the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Peru— the damage was not worse.

"If we had not taken the measures we took 45 days ago —when the state of emergency began— today we would not be talking about whether there are 800 or 1,200 dead citizens, by no means; the debate would be centered on how many are dead, if they are 10,000 or 15,000," he expressed.

In this sense, the top official explained that COVID-19 generates damage, death, and many losses in all aspects of human life, adding that the efforts were made not to avoid the damage, "but to lower it as much as possible."

"We have deficiencies (...), but in the face of a crisis, the emergency pushes the services to extreme situations. We have taken measures to prevent them from becoming much worse. There is damage, there is pain, there is hunger, there is death, but if we had not taken all the decisions we have made —and we will continue to do so— the damage would have been much worse," he reiterated.

The statesman added that —in order to analyze the problem caused by this pandemic on a national level— it is necessary to make a comparison with countries that have more stable economic situations and more developed health services than the Peruvian ones.


"Today, Peru registers nearly 34,000 (positive COVID-19) cases, but Italy and Spain record over 200,000 cases, needless to say, the positive cases in the United States currently exceed one million (…)," he indicated.

Regarding the number of deceased people, the President specified that 943 deaths have been registered in Peru to date. However, in Spain and Italy, the figures are close to 27,000 deaths, while in the United States they are above 50,000.

The Head of State also took the opportunity to indicate that an effort has been made to increase the number of tests. Since he declared a state of sanitary emergency in mid-March, 296,262 citizens have been tested. The positive cases total 33,931 to date.

Initially set to last from March 16 to 30, the measure has been recently extended thru May 10.

On this occasion, the President was joined by some members of the Council of Ministers. The event was held at the Government Palace in Lima.

Wednesday marks the forty-fifth day of mandatory social isolation.


Published: 4/29/2020
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