The President of Peru, Martín Vízcarra, and all his ministers, as well as other high officials, will lower their salary for the next three months in the framework of the Government’s efforts to face the coronavirus pandemic, which has the country As the second most affected in South America, with more than 135,000 infections.
The Government published this Thursday the decree in the official newspaper “El Peruano” by which all officials who earn more than 15,000 soles a month (almost 4,000 euros) will see their wages reduced in June, July and August. The drop will be 15 percent for those who charge more than 20,000 soles and 10 percent for those who charge more than 15,000.
The norm affects, in addition to the president, ministers, vice-ministers, general secretaries, heads of public bodies, rectors and vice-rectors of public universities and members of administrative courts, according to the Andina agency. The money saved with this measure will be delivered by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights to the families of health professionals who died as a result of the pandemic.
According to the latest balance published by the Ministry of Health, until this Wednesday there were 135,905 cases, after a new record of 6,154 infections on the last day. On the other hand, since the first case was detected in the country on March 6, there are already 3,983 deceased, another 195 more, while the recovered amount to 56,169. As for hospitalized patients, there are 8,267, while 926 of them remain in the ICU. .