Lima – Peru’s President Francisco Sagasti on Tuesday night announced a total lockdown in the capital and nine other areas after a significant increase in COVID cases, saying hospitals are near collapse.
Sagasti said the new measures covering central Peru would remain in effect until at least 15 February. These include directives to work from home, closure of all non-essential shops, suspension of inter-state land and extension of air travel and restrictions. On flights from Brazil to prevent new, more infectious strains of the virus in flights coming from Europe.
On Tuesday, Peru reported 4,444 new cases of coronovirus, with a total number of 1,107,239 and 40,107. According to Reuters data, Peru cases are at 57% of the August 22 peak, when more than 9,000 new cases were confirmed.
Sagasti said that COVID vaccines were the way out of the crisis and were among the first to receive shots.
He said the first order of 38 million doses of the Sinopharm candidate vaccine would come in the first one million “in the coming days”, which is set for a vaccination campaign to begin in February.
Peru also has a deal to buy 14 million doses of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca plc and its regulators are also weighing requests for emergency use from Russia’s Gamalaya Institute and Pfizer.
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