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Minister Cevallos points out that borders will be reopened when a “major health problem” of COVID-19 is not generated

Lima, January 7, 2022Updated on 07/01/2022 03:05 pm

The Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, reiterated that the closure of borders will be maintained until ensuring that the free passage of these roads does not generate a major health problem, due to the health emergency caused by the third wave from COVID-19 in the country and the advancement of Omicron variant. This measure has been in force since March 16.

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From the press conference during the II Decentralized Council of Ministers held in Moquegua, the official explained that the first two months of the year are essential to take actions to mitigate the advance of the pandemic in the national territory. In that sense, he stated that the closure of borders is being evaluated.

“We understand the economic problem. We know that the merchants of Tacna and the population want the border opening. We love it too, but we have to take care of our people. This is essential, what will happen in January, after the holidays? What will happen in the month of February? January and February are key months to know how the progression of the pandemic is going to generate “he explained.

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This provision is part of the prevention actions in the event of a possible third wave of COVID-19, in order to promote a timely diagnosis for the population.

“So this [cierre de fronteras] It is under permanent evaluation. As soon as we understand that opening borders is not going to generate a major health problem for us, since borders are going to open. We are not with a non-closing of borders, we we are with permanent evaluation of the epidemiological impact of this to make a decision “Cevallos added.

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As it is public, the closure of borders is a situation that has been generating thousands of losses in various sectors, such as tourism, commerce, manufacturing, among others. Tacna is one of the most affected regions.

They are also the merchants and local authorities have reiterated their request to the Executive to reopen the borders so that the long-awaited economic reactivation can take place in these places.

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