COVID-19 in Peru

Peru // 30 May, 2020

At least 148,285 cases and 4,320 deaths. Outbreak.

See the Ministry of Health News page.

30 May:  Over the past seven days over new 37,000 cases have been reported and more than 1,000 deaths. Peru continues to see an overall increase in the new cases reported, which is causing a strain on the public health system. 

23 May: The state of emergency has been extended until at least the end of June, as cases continue to surge past 111,000. A total of 111,698 cases have been confirmed, of which 3,244 have died. Some slight relaxations of quarantine rules will be allowed – with online shopping for clothes and household items now allowed.

20 May: Continuing increase in cases with thousands of new daily cases; Over 104,000 cases confirmed and 3,024 deaths. Despite the country rapidly going into lockdown in mid-March and conducting the highest number of tests in the region, media are reporting the continuing surge of cases due to people flouting social distancing and quarantine laws. Hospitals are reported to be strained and medication shortages ongoing. The national lock down is set to continue until 24 May.

18 May: Official quarantine measures, including mobility restrictions and curfew, have been extended through the 24th of May. According to a press release (in Spanish) today, the government and local health authorities are recommending children under the age of 14 in certain high-risk areas not leave their homes for their daily walk. The high-risk areas included in this recommendation are: San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima Cercado, San Martin de Porres, Ate, El Agustino, Comas, Villa el Salvador, La Victoria, San Juan de Miraflores, Santa Anita, Rimac, Villa Maria del Triunfo, Puente Piedra, Los Olivos, Chorrillos, Independencia, Carabayllo, San Miguel, Brena and Surquillo.

5 May: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now exceeded 50,000. Peru was one of the first Latin American countries to shut down to prevent transmission however, in spite of efforts they have become the region’s second worst-hit nation after Brazil.

30 April: In the past 24 hours, the number of deaths had risen to 1,051 from 943 and the number of cases has risen by 3,045 to 36,976. Peru has the second highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in Latin America. Quarantine measures and border closures will continue through 10 May. "Peruvian quarantine movement restrictions stipulate that from Monday to Saturday, only one person per family (regardless of gender), may conduct limited routine business such as grocery shopping, pharmacy visits, and banking".

23 April: Over 5000 more cases have been reported over the past 5 days including another 172 deaths. The pandemic has left millions without jobs and Peru’s hospitals are overwhelmed. National quarantine orders have been extended to 10 May.

19 April: Cases continue to increase, with a total of 15,628 cases and 400 deaths reported. This makes it the second most affected country in Latin America, after Brazil. A nationwide quarantine has been extended until at least 26 April.

15 April: The total number of cases has exceeded 10,000. The most affected region is Lima with 7,476 cases.

31 March: Cases have risen to over 1000, changing the International SOS status to an 'outbreak' country. Lima continues to be the region with the highest number of COVID-19 cases (799). Eighteen other regions are reporting between 1 and 60 cases.

30 March: Cases have been escalating over the last fortnight, with a total of 950 cases confirmed and 24 deaths reported. Lima is the most affected area with 718 cases. Recoveries have occurred in 269 people. The State of Emergency has been extended until at least 12 April, with home isolation rules continuing.

17 March: More cases have been reported, bringing the total number of cases to 86.

12 March: Further cases reported, total of 22.

11 March: More cases have been reported, resulting in a total of 11 confirmed cases in Peru.

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