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Peru's President: We have increased response capacity against COVID-19

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra inaugurates the EsSalud Village in Winchaq. Photo: ANDINA/ Presidency of the Republic

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra inaugurates the EsSalud Village in Winchaq. Photo: ANDINA/ Presidency of the Republic

12:23 | Cusco (Cusco region), Sep. 22.

The President of the Republic Martin Vizcarra on Tuesday highlighted the fact that Peru's health response capacity has increased since the first COVID-19 cases were detected in the country.

The Head of State recalled that the pandemic had taken the country by surprise as it had a precarious health system at that time, which is why it was necessary to increase the hospital capacity nationwide.

From Cusco, the top official pointed out that 100 hospital beds were made available in this region last July, which were increased until reaching 300 that are already operational in different jurisdictions such as Sicuani or Quillabamba.

"That is the effort we make in Cusco and all across Peru", he underlined.

However, the statesman indicated that the efforts made by the Government must be complemented with the population's discipline to prevent the spread of the virus.

In this regard, the President stressed that a balance has been reached and that the population has been increasingly responsible, as proven in the contagion curve that started to decline a month ago.

The Head of State indicated that the drop in the number of COVID-19 cases is a little slower in Cusco, Puno, Moquegua and Tacna, which are the four regions under targeted quarantine. There, he said, work against the pandemic must be reinforced.

"Contagion decreases, but our response capacity increases (...)," he underlined.

Remarks were made after inaugurating the Social Health Insurance System's (EsSalud) Cusco Village, a facility located in Wanchaq district. It relies on 100 hospital beds, oxygen, medical personnel and medicines for the care of COVID-19 patients.

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Published: 9/22/2020
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