President Martín Vizcarra on Saturday afternoon called on Peruvian citizens to change their habits and customs that may put them at risk against the coronavirus (COVID-19), while commenting on the influx of people seen at markets.
"This disease is changing the history of humanity and forces us to change customs and habits; without that, we will not adequately combat it," he expressed.
The top official warned that there is a significant percentage of infected people who do not show any symptoms, and a person can be next to someone believing that he/she is well while —at the same moment— running the risk of getting infected.
In addition, the statesman said that one asymptomatic person can take the virus home, where senior family members or relatives with pre-existing conditions —considered a vulnerable population— could be harmed.
"We can bring death to our home," the President warned Peruvians, insisting on his request to stay home and leave it only in case of emergencies, thus avoiding crowds.