12:32 | Ilo (Moquegua region), Feb. 23.
The President of the Republic Francisco Sagasti on Tuesday affirmed that —little by little and safely— the oxygen gap in Peru is being closed to attend to serious COVID-19 cases.
The donation made by Southern Peru is equivalent to 15,080 ten-cubic-meter oxygen cylinders that will serve patients lying on 1,050 hospitalization beds or 500 ICU beds.
These daily 20 tons will be distributed to 14 hospitals —nine of which are in the south and center plus other five in Lima, to which two modular oxygen plants are added.
"It means that we are, little by little in a safe and useful way, closing the oxygen gap that we are currently facing, which took us by surprise, because instead of doubling the demand, it tripled," he said.
In addition, Mr. Sagasti indicated that there is collaboration from the Lima 2019 Legacy, which has been working with the private sector and has helped to consolidate the importation from Chile.