Peru extends emergency for 90 days

Peru has extended the national state of emergency for another 90 days due to a resurgence of Covid-19 cases.

“As of July of this year, an increase in Covid-19 cases has been observed in several regions, as well as in Metropolitan Lima and Callao, where the situation persists,” Xinhua news agency quoted a government decree as saying on Friday.

The increase is likely related to “the greater circulation of people due to the reopening of economic activities, interprovincial air and land transport, as well as crowding in commercial and urban transport centres”.

The decree issued targeted quarantines in four southern regions of Cusco, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna, as well as quarantines for 46 provinces.

“Social gatherings, including those held in homes and family visits, are prohibited. They are prohibited for health reasons and in order to avoid the increase in infections as a result of Covid-19,” it said.

According to the Ministry of Health, 621,997 cases have been registered nationwide as of Friday with 28,277 deaths.