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COVID-19 in Peru: two years after the first confirmed case of coronavirus, what were the changes?

On a day like today, March 6, the former President of the Republic, Martin Vizcarraconfirmed the first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Peru. In a message to the country, the then head of state indicated that it was a 25-year-old man who arrived in the country after having been in Spain, France and the Czech Republic.

Today marks the two-year anniversary of this announcement that started the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in our country, which to date has infected more than 3.5 million people and has claimed the lives of more than 210,990 citizens.

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FIRST COVID-19 CASE CONFIRMED IN PERU

Today, I must report that in the early hours of the morning the first case of coronavirus infection in our country has been confirmed.Vizcarra reported. “We have arranged all the necessary measures to face a situation of this type. The Minsa leads a strategy in Lima and throughout the country that is articulated with the health sector, the Armed Forces and private institutions and clinicshe added.

Meanwhile, the then Minister of Health, Elizabeth Hinostroza, explained that the young man went to a private clinic on March 4, where they provided him with medication to continue treatment at home. While the clinic notified the Ministry of Health (Minsa) of the case.

First case of COVID in Peru https://www.tvperu.gob.pe/

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After detecting the first case COVID-19, it did not take long for the disease to spread nationally. In order to avoid further infections and deaths, The Government declared a state of national emergency on March 16, 2020, date from which the exercise of constitutional rights related to personal liberty and security were restricted. Also that of the inviolability of the home and the freedoms of assembly and transit in the territory.

In addition, isolation and compulsory social immobilization were imposed.

Over the months, the Government was evaluating the measures implemented to stop the advance of the pandemic and was differentiating them according to the cases and deaths. COVID-19 by region. Therefore, the regions were grouped by levels: “Extreme”, “Very High”, “High” and Moderate”, each with different restrictions.

CURRENT MEASURES

Thanks to the advancement of vaccination at the national level against the coronavirus, after the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines on February 7, 2021, infections and declines have been reduced to date. Currently, people over 5 years of age are inoculated, the third dose is applied to people aged 18 and over and those over 12 years of age with comorbidities, and a fourth vaccine is applied to oncology and transplant patients.

For this reason, the Government ordered that -since last February 28- the capacity be eliminated so that businesses can attend to 100% of their capacity. Also, weeks ago The curfew was ruled out at the national level so that people can move freely and avoid crowds in transport.

However, among the new measures, it was established that minors over 12 years of age present their vaccination card to enter public spaces such as beaches, swimming pools, stadiums and air and interprovincial transport.

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In addition, restrictions such as the mandatory use of a KN95 mask or failing that a tri-fold surgical mask and on top a fabric one to circulate on public roads and in closed places.

In addition, parades, patron saint festivities and civil activities are still suspendedas well as any type of meeting, social, political or other event that involves a concentration or agglomeration of people, which puts public health at risk.

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