An unexpected press conference just concluded from two members of Peru’s Council of Ministers discussing measures in the fight against COVID-19 in light of the soaring number of deaths being reported each day including a record 433 deaths across the country on Saturday. April is currently seeing an average of 298 deaths a day. (See the charts below for the most up-to-date data for Peru and the Cusco region.)
Minister of Production, José Luis Chicoma opened by saying that “65,194 senior citizens in Lima and Callao received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19….More than 85,000 policemen have been vaccinated against COVID-19…and about 3,000 members of the General Volunteer Fire Brigade have also been vaccinated.”
Next Alejandro Neyra, Minister of Culture noted that “nearly 80% of Bono 600 households have [received] the payment” to help with current financial difficulties during the pandemic.
Neyra continued by saying that “so far this year there have been more than 582,000 police interventions for disrespecting sanitary restrictions and more than 12,000 COVID parties have been closed down.”
“We are in Latin America suffering this impact of the pandemic probably as a result of the variants that exist here,” said Neyra. “The Brazilian variant probably causes a greater number of infections.”
He also said that the scientific community does not advise the implementation of total confinements and that the Executive is constantly evaluating the measures in order to have “some that can help us more.”
“The only possible solution for a gradual exit from the pandemic is vaccination, so all the Government’s efforts are focused in that direction”, he added.
Neyra concluded by saying that “In our case we have to evaluate the possibility of some closures. It is clear that the possibility of entering a total quarantine or absolute confinement is not part of the measures we can take in these circumstances, also taking into account the economic conditions in which we find ourselves.”
Earlier, the dean of the Peruvian Medical Association (CMP), Miguel Palacios, said that registering 433 deaths in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19 shows that the Government’s strategies have been failing.
In an interview with RPP’s Ampliación de Noticias program, Palacios described as “terrifying figures” the number of deaths in the country due to the pandemic and said that this represents 38% of the total number reported by the National Informatics System of Deaths (Sinadef).
“We believe that to reach this level is a confession that the strategies we have had throughout all this time have been failing. In such a way, that if there are no new strategies we will continue with the same results,” he said. “We believe that it is time to give some alternatives and some solutions. The population as we see is still not assimilating this reality that COVID-19 is making hundreds of Peruvians seriously ill and ends up losing their lives.”