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President Vizcarra: Peru to add 4,886 hospital and 232 ICU beds

Coronavirus: hospital de Ate comenzó a atender con 50 camas de UCI para infectados. Foto: ANDINA/Difusión.

Coronavirus: hospital de Ate comenzó a atender con 50 camas de UCI para infectados. Foto: ANDINA/Difusión.

00:00 | Lima, May. 14.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced that the State will increase its response and attention capacity to cope with the coronavirus pandemic by adding 4,886 hospital beds and 232 ICU beds to be distributed throughout the country, giving priority to regions with the greatest demand.

"Once again, we are making additional efforts to increase our supply of hospital services and keep our capacity under control. To date, we have more than 1,000 ICU beds nationwide, a goal that we set ourselves. We continue to work with a national and regional vision in order to improve the response of the State," the top official pointed out.

In this sense, the Head of State explained that, through an urgency decree, the State has approved to expand the supply of hospital services intended for patients with coronavirus. 

"We are going to add 4,886 hospital beds, at national and regional level, to reach a total 14,791 in the next two or three weeks, as well as an additional 232 ICU beds to total 1,234. This is a joint effort of the health system," the statesman expressed.

The President noted that, according to national and international studies and projections, the country is reaching the peak of infections and that a gradual decline in positive cases will occur soon.
 
In this regard, the Peruvian leader stressed that more than half a million people have been tested so far as part of the process to track the evolution of the disease.

Moreover, Mr. Vizcarra reported that the number of citizens infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) rose to 76,306, while the death toll reached 2,169 as at Wednesday at 00:00 (local time).

Remarks were made Wednesday in a televised press conference within the framework of a mandatory social isolation imposed to prevent the COVID-19 from further spreading in the South American country.


On this occasion, the President was joined by members of the Council of Ministers. The event was held at the Government Palace in Lima.

Wednesday marked the fifty-ninth day of mandatory social isolation.

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Published: 5/14/2020
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