Health experts expressed divided opinions on the need for Peru to return to strict quarantine to control the increase in COVID-19 cases, which already exceed 478,024 infections, as is being considered by the Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzetti.
After the quarantine survey last July, the number of cases rose in Peru to about 7,000 per day and more than 200 deaths per day with a confirmed diagnosis, keeping it as the seventh country in the world with the most infections.
However, Mazzetti said the death toll closest to COVID-19 in Peru is 47,000, more than double the more than 21,000 deaths recorded by the ministry since March.
The Health official said she was in favor of applying a quarantine directed at the neighborhoods with the highest number of cases and that confinement is imposed again on Sundays to avoid social gatherings and concentration of people.
EX-MINISTERS AGAINST QUARANTINE
However, former Health Minister Silvia Pessah said on Monday that “locking us up again will be very difficult because people have to go out to eat”.
“When we locked ourselves up (…) we should have had the foresight not only to lock us up, but to give us the treatment, which was done afterwards; but also with a basket for a week so that people could stay at home; and in addition, noting whether they received the bonus or not, “he told RPP Notícias.
Pessah said that the mandatory social immobilization that was carried out between March and July last “did not work” and that it is now necessary to apply a specific strategy after assessing infections by district.
“What is happening in Espinar (in the Andean Cusco), right now in terms of COVID-19, is not the same thing that is happening in the city of Arequipa or what is happening in Lima, in the district of San Borja or San Isidro” , he observed.
Lima is by far the region with the highest number of infections in the country, with more than half of the patients across the country.
In the same vein, former Health Minister Abel Salinas said he disagrees with Mazzetti, saying that “the virus does not distinguish between Friday and Saturday and it is not that it does not circulate on Sundays”.
“I salute that Minister Mazzetti started to give transparency to the numbers, but it is necessary to make different strategies. It is not impossible to surround a neighborhood or a block when we discover that (the virus) is circulating there ”, he said in an interview with Canal N.
QUARANTINE BEFORE 7,000 DAILY CASES
On the other hand, the infectologist Juan Villena declared himself in favor of a new strict quarantine due to the increase in infections, which will not have the option of being treated in the already destroyed health centers.
Villena recalled that of the 7 thousand infected daily about 30% will need hospitalization, but there are practically no beds in intensive care units.
The expert warned that these weeks are decisive because the number of cases will continue to increase, given that the population does not comply with measures of social distance and public transport circulates full of people.
PERU REACHES HALF MILLION CASES
According to the latest Ministry of Health report, more than 2,573,691 people have undergone coronavirus screening tests, of which 478,024 tested positive until Saturday.
In the past few hours, 7,012 pandemic positive cases have been confirmed.
Likewise, there are 13,768 inpatients, 1,488 of whom are on mechanical ventilation in intensive care units.
A total of 324,020 people recovered from COVID-19 after being isolated at home or discharged from a hospital, while 21,072 people have died since last March with a confirmed diagnosis.
Currently, there are 132,932 active cases of the disease in Peru.
OXYGEN PLANTS FOR THE JUNGLE
On the other hand, the campaign organizing committee of Respira Peru, integrated by the Peruvian Episcopal Conference, the San Ignacio de Loyola University and the National Society of Industries, announced the purchase of three new oxygen plants for US $ 448,300 for the jungle regions San Martín and Huánuco.
One of the new factories will be destined for the province of Picota, in San Martín, a region that has more than 9,862 confirmed cases and more than 400 deaths, which has raised the concern of leaders of 200 indigenous communities in the region.
Another plant will go to Huánuco, which has 7,653 confirmed cases and more than 200 deaths.
Two of the portable plants will arrive on August 22 and will have the capacity to produce twelve cubic meters per hour of medicinal oxygen (380 kilos per day); while the third plant can produce up to 30 cubic meters per hour and will be delivered on September 15th.