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Peru's Health Min requests citizens to redouble preventive measures against COVID-19

Peruvian Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti addresses reporters. Photo: ANDINA/Minsa

Peruvian Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti addresses reporters. Photo: ANDINA/Minsa

12:05 | Lima, Aug. 31.

Peru is reaching a stage of permanent coexistence with the novel coronavirus, and it is necessary to redouble prevention measures in order to avoid possible COVID-19 contagion, said Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti on Monday morning.

"We are entering the stage at which we are going to coexist with the virus for a long time. We all have to get used to this way of life (…). The numbers are going to go down, both of the affected and deceased citizens, and then they will stabilize at some point, but the virus will continue to circulate among us," she warned.

The Ministry head commented that this is one of the most important stages of the pandemic "because anything can happen."

"This has already happened in Italy, Spain, Colombia and Chile. They began a period of coexistence, and suddenly the number of affected people rose. This stage will last many months. Thus, it is very important that we all continue complying with the social behavior rules (...), and that we be responsible because this stage will be extremely long, until we can finally get the vaccine," she stressed.

The Cabinet member commented that each country is different, but that none —so far— has managed to put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"For example, China is going to reach practically a year (of coexistence with the virus), but that stage will end only whenever there is a vaccine, which can be efficient and protects us," she expressed.

The minister warned that —in the coming days— there could be a significant rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, especially because screening tests will be increased through targeted State-run interventions, such as the Territorial Aid Operation for Treatment and Isolation in Response to COVID-19 (Tayta Operation).


Remarks were made during Minister Mazzetti's participation in the launch of the Rapid Temporary Attention Centers set up within the facilities of Trompeteros and Manuel Garcia Cerron educational centers in Lima's Carabayllo and Puente Piedra districts, where diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 patients are provided.

(END) KGR/LIT/MVB

Published: 8/31/2020
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