A press conference just concluded after today’s meeting with Peru’s Council of Ministers to announce new measures in the country’s fight against COVID-19 from March 1-14.
Prime Minister Violeta Bermúdez opened the press conference by saying “We can notice a slight slowdown in the number of infections and deaths…In Apurímac the contagion has been slowed down much faster than in Metropolitan Lima…We have decided to make a readjustment in the provinces with extreme risk.”
“This effort for two additional weeks will allow us with the immobilization during the nights that the deceleration (of contagions) continues,” she continued. “It is encouraging to know that 14 provinces are out of extreme risk.”
The Prime Minister announced that “53 provinces are at high risk, 119 at very high risk level and 24 provinces at extreme health risk…we have no provinces at moderate risk.”
“Considering the social and economic context and the need to reduce mobility, we have decided to adopt a set of specific restrictive measures,” she continued. “Mandatory social immobilization during the nights from 9 pm to 4 am…In some activities such as visits to archaeological monuments or restaurants, a minimum capacity.”
Bermudez made a special point to address false reports regarding the government’s acquisition of vaccines by noting, “To state clearly and emphatically that it is false that the Executive Branch has not signed any contract for the acquisition of vaccines.”
She also noted that some areas have been declared under a state of emergency due to severe weather events.
Here (in Spanish) are the new risk designations and the new measures to be applied beginning March 1 (Monday). Be sure to click on each graphic to see a larger size. [Note: These are corrected versions of what I posted earlier. The Council of Ministers left Arequipa off. There may be other corrections so check again.]
Óscar Ugarte, Minister of Health, reported that there is a trend towards a reduction of new cases. This can be seen in the reports of the Ministry of Health….There is a growth trend in the second wave that was almost vertical in previous weeks and what we are seeing is a slowdown.”
Ugarte continued by saying, “However, we have a critical situation at hospital level, in the demand for oxygen, in the use of ICU beds and this is notorious…We have very serious effects on the situation of people who are hospitalized and those who require ICU.”
The most important thing is how we reinforce the attention to people so that they do not reach serious extremes,” he said. “We are going to reinforce the first level of attention.”
As of Monday, the imports of oxygen from Chile began arriving with 40 tons per week that Peru imports from Antofagasta.