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29 Nov 2020 | 01:25 PM UTC

Peru: Authorities to extend state of emergency from December 7 /update 32

Peruvian authorities to extend state of emergency for 90 days from December 7; follow authority directives

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Event

Peruvian authorities have announced that the ongoing state of emergency will be extended for an additional 90 days from December 7 amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Restrictions under the state of emergency, including a nationwide 00:00-04:00 (local time) curfew, a ban on social gatherings, and the compulsory use of face masks in public places, remain in place nationwide. The use of private vehicles will also be banned on Sundays. All travelers to the country are required to provide a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within the previous 72 hours of arrival.

As of Sunday, November 29, there have been 960,368 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peru with 35,879 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) rec

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

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