Peru's President: Nationwide curfew on Sundays to prevent COVID-19 contagion

ANDINA/Prensa Presidencia

14:41 | Lima, Aug. 12.

President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday announced the return of mandatory social immobilization (curfew) on Sundays due to a rebound in COVID-19 infections in Peru.

In this sense, the Head of State affirmed that the corresponding Supreme Decree will be published in the official gazette El Peruano on Thursday. It will prohibit family and friend gatherings that usually take place on the seventh day of the week.

"Starting this Sunday, we are going to return to mandatory immobilization on Sundays. We think that it is preferable to take a step back, only on Sundays, in order to generate a sense of responsibility for all and then regain the conditions that we all would like to have," he expressed.

In this sense, the top official specified that the Supreme Decree approved by the Council of Ministers establishes mandatory curfew nationwide.

Mr. Vizcarra assured that the latest measure is taken based on the evaluation which determined that the main contagion no longer occurs in places where biosecurity measures are now respected, but that citizens become infected by meeting in person with people they know.

Finally, he called on citizens to put aside the hosting of such events, where there is even consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Remarks were made in a televised address to the nation from the Government Palace in Lima. President Vizcarra was joined by State ministers on the occasion.


Published: 8/12/2020
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