Peru President: COVID-19 contagion rate in decline

Jun 19, 2020

By Andina 


President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday affirmed that the COVID-19 contagion rate is decreasing in Peru, which allows the Government to resume productive activities gradually and progressively.

While inaugurating Villa EsSalud Pucallpa (EsSalud Village), the Head of State asserted that the strategy to stop the coronavirus spread is working because the contagion rate is going down.

"The strategy is working, the contagion rate is decreasing, it is less than 1, and that allows us to gradually and progressively resume the economic activities," he underlined.

Concerning the corruption acts by 

some State officials —which have been denounced during the state of health emergency— the top official made a call for the Comptroller General and Prosecutor's Office to conduct the corresponding investigations.


"We must work to combat the pandemic. Unfortunately, there is always a (dishonest) authority who takes advantage of (the emergency) to commit wrongdoings. To counter such acts, we need concurrent control and oversight," he emphasized.


EsSalud Village

Furthermore, the President stressed that more than 1,000 ivermectin treatments were allocated to Pucallpa for patients affected by COVID-19.

In addition, the statesman reaffirmed his commitment to improving the hospital offer to fight against the new coronavirus nationwide and have 20,000 beds in a month.

The leader said Villa EsSalud Pucallpa is ready to receive patients while taking the appropriate measures with beds and an equipped pharmacy, as well as oxygen supply.

Likewise, the leader mentioned —that once the emergency is over— health infrastructure works will be resumed. As example, he mentioned the Pucallpa Hospital.

Mr. Vizcarra also reiterated his administration's commitment to defeating the pandemic.

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

Initially set to last from March 16 to 30, the quarantine was extended until June 30.

On this occasion, the President was joined by EsSalud Executive President Fiorella Molinelli.

Thursday marks the ninety-fifth day of mandatory social isolation in Peru.


Presidencia Perú@presidenciaperu

En respuesta a @presidenciaperu

Presidente @MartinVizcarraC: Cuando inició esta pandemia, en el país contábamos con solo 2000 camas de hospitalización para pacientes Covid-19. Ahora, tenemos alrededor de 13 000, y nuestro objetivo es incrementar la oferta hospitalaria a 20 000 camas en un mes.

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