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Peru's President announces lockdown for Lima and nine other regions

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

21:25 | Lima, Jan. 26.

The President of the Republic Francisco Sagasti on Tuesday night announced that Lima and nine regions will be under lockdown from January 31 to February 14 to counter the increase in COVID-19 cases.

In a televised Address to the Nation, the Head of State informed that this measure will be in force as the risk level in the aforementioned areas is extreme.

Extreme


The areas included in this segment are Metropolitan Lima, as well as the following regions: Lima, Callao, Ancash, Pasco, Huanuco, Junin, Huancavelica, Ica, and Apurimac.

There, the activities that involve leaving homes will be limited, with the exception of stores supplying basic products. They will rely on a capacity limit of 40% to serve customers.

The restaurants will operate only under the delivery mode, and pedestrians will be authorized to go for walks once a day for one hour. Domestic land and air transportation will be suspended.

Very high risk


Likewise, the top official said that nine regions are at a very high risk level, which demands "very strong protection measures." These include Tumbes, Amazonas, Cajamarca, Ayacucho, Cusco, Puno, Arequipa, Moquegua, and Tacna.

In these jurisdictions, stores in general are authorized to serve customers at a capacity limit of 20%, followed by open-air restaurants (30%), and basic product stores (50%).

Interprovincial land transportation will be allowed at a capacity limit of 50%, and air transportation will continue as of today.

The nighttime curfew will run from 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., whereas the use of private vehicles will be restricted on Saturdays and Sundays.

High risk


Furthermore, the statesman mentioned that the regions: Piura, Loreto, Lambayeque, La Libertad, San Martin, Ucayali, and Madre de Dios are at high risk level.

Curfew will remain in force between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m., and the use of private vehicles will be restricted on Sundays. However, interprovincial transportation will be allowed.

"There are no regions in moderate situation, which proves the severity of the pandemic we are facing. We will maintain the restrictions for international flights from Europe, and these will include Brazil," he added.

All these measures will come into effect on January 31 at 00:00 hours for a period of 15 days, including February 14.

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Published: 1/26/2021
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