The increase in cases and deaths of those infected by the new coronavirus In the last weeks of the year, it has led the Peruvian government to demand a request from today, Monday, January 4, 2021, mandatory fourteen (14) day quarantine to anyone who travels to our country. This measure seeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and thus reduce the risk of contagion of the new variants of SARS-CoV-2 that already circulate on the planet.
He Supreme Decree No. 207-2020-PCM, issued during the night of Thursday, December 31 and later in the official newspaper El Peruano, indicates that the quarantine will be counted from the day of arrival in the national territory and must be fulfilled by “all Peruvians, foreigners residing in Peru and visiting foreigners, who enter the national territory by international transport, regardless of the country of origin”.
In this way, Travellers Those who wish to enter Peru must comply with the two-week home confinement, in addition to presenting the documents previously requested by the State. As it is recalled, even before the application of this supreme decree, travelers had to show: a sworn statement and a negative molecular test (PCR) with an age of maximum 72 hours before the departure of the trip.
WHERE SHOULD TRAVELERS WHO ARRIVE IN PERU FULFILL THEIR QUARANTINE?
As detailed in this supreme decree, Peruvians, foreign residents and visitors they will quarantine at their home, in the Pan American Village or another temporary isolation center, or in a lodging, after coordination with the health authorities.
In addition, the Government ordered that people who enter Peru between January 1 and 3, 2021, from countries where new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been identified, such as the United Kingdom and South Africa, will be practiced, the same day of arrival in Peru, the antigen test to discard COVID-19.
While, according to the regulations, those who come from different destinations will go through the antigen test randomly. Those who test positive for the new coronavirus and its variants, in either case, they will enter mandatory isolation for 14 days, the one that will take place in the Pan American Village or another temporary isolation center.
THE GOVERNMENT REPORTS FALSE DATA
Despite the emergency and the existing regulations to enter Peru, some travelers do not seem to offer reliable data. This Monday, in statements to America News, the National Center for Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Diseases of the Ministry of Health, Luis Rodríguez, regretted the existence of a “good number” of people who provide false information upon arrival in the country.
“We have a good number of travelers who are arriving from outside the country whose data is not being exact or when we try to contact them by phone we are not receiving the appropriate response”, Said the specialist. Specifically, it indicated that some travelers report false contact phone numbers, while others do not answer calls.
Rodríguez explained that since October 5 – the date on which Peru reopened international flights – the Government could not contact more than 50% of travelers to do routine monitoring.
The specialist warned that these people “are committing the crime of spreading the disease against the rest of the citizens of the country, then they can be reported”.
AT THE EDGE OF COLLAPSE
Given the rapid reappearance of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks in some regions of the country, the Government reported on the eve that it increased 40 new beds in the Intensive Care Units (ICU).
In the southern region of Arequipa, the medical body warned that they no longer have ICU beds to treat the most serious pictures of the disease.
And on the morning of this Monday, the dean of the Peruvian Medical College (CMP), Miguel Palacios Celi, affirmed that the second wave has already arrived in regions such as Lambayeque and Piura, where hospital beds and intensive care units are also collapsed.
On the other hand, Palacios Celi commented, during an interview with Latina, that the consequences of the Christmas and New Year holidays will be felt at the end of January, when the pandemic scenario is expected to be “worse” than the current one.
MORE THAN 1 MILLION INFECTED
According to the latest official report from Ministry of Health (Minsa), the number of cases of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus rose to 1,019,475, while hospitalized patients amounted to 5,452 and in ICU to 1,286, taking into account that the country has about 1,500 beds with mechanical ventilation nationwide .
In the last 24 hours, 57 people died, bringing the number of deaths from COVID-19 to 37,830.
With information from EFE.
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