The Peruvian Ministry of Health (Minsa) confirmed this Thursday that the South American nation entered the fifth wave of Covid-19, given the sustained rise in cases in 24 of the 25 regions of the country.
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“In addition to a rapid and sustained increase in cases, there is an increase in hospitalizations,” the director general of the National Epidemiology Center (CDC), César Munayco, said at a press conference.
In this sense, the authority described the increase in deaths from the disease as moderate.
In the press conference of the Council of Ministers, the head of Health, @kellyportalati2reiterated the call to the population to use masks correctly and responsibly, especially in closed or poorly ventilated environments, as well as for vulnerable people. pic.twitter.com/rAHzqIy3Eb
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December 1, 2022
For her part, the Minister of Health, Kelly Portalatino, announced that in the following two weeks the return of the use of masks in open places will be evaluated.
“There would be a great possibility that the vaccination card will be inserted again with the third and fourth doses for events in closed places,” he said.
The head of the health portfolio insisted on completing the vaccination scheme, mainly in people with risk factors.
Likewise, the general director of Strategic Interventions in Public Health (Dgiesp), José Cruz, said that the population has the first and second dose at an “acceptable level”.
The official explained that only 73 and 23.44 percent have received the third and fourth doses, respectively, and regions such as Madre de Dios, Puno, and Ayacucho have a very low level of vaccination.
The authorities urged reinforcing preventive measures and keeping infected people in isolation, as well as reporting cases with symptoms.