Peru's Health Min: Quarantines focused on regions are alternatives to face COVID-19

11:43 | Lima, Jul. 29.

Peruvian Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti on Wednesday affirmed that quarantines focused on some regions constitute a good alternative within the strategy to face the coronavirus pandemic in Peru.

Thus, there is permanent coordination with regional governments for their implementation.

The high-ranking official argued that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) coordinates with the corresponding regional governments the implementation of this measure —taking into account the impact of COVID-19 in certain provinces— with the aim of reducing the level of infections and deaths from this disease.

"I think it is a very interesting alternative at the moment. The regions request targeted quarantines in certain areas (…). The governors tell us: 'Here is the problem,' while the director or regional health manager tells us about the clinical issues," she expressed.

The Cabinet member said that quarantines focused on some provinces belonging to Cajamarca and Cusco regions have been approved. In fact, since July 26, a localized quarantine has been in force in Cajamarca, Jaen and San Ignacio (Cajamarca region), as well as in La Convencion (Cusco region).

According to Supreme Decree 129-2020-PCM, in these provinces the transit of people will be allowed only for the provision, as well as access to services and essential goods.

Likewise, nighttime curfew is in force from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. On Sunday, social immobilization is mandatory throughout the day.

The Minsa head also assured that —although there has been a slow increase in infections— this does not mean that there is a re-emergence of the epidemic in the country.

"The Situational Room website shows a slow increase in cases, but we are not seeing a large increase in cases that would make us think of a regrowth or something like that, at least for now," she emphasized.


Published: 7/29/2020
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