Peru registers more than 8,000 cases due to Omicron variant | News

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The Ministry of Health of Peru registered this Monday about 8,333 infections with Covid-19 for a cumulative of 2,375,813 since the beginning of the pandemic, aggravated in recent days due to the presence of the Omicron variant in the country.

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In the last week, some 17,128 confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported amid the third wave of the pandemic, surpassing the record mark of more than 2,800.

The number of hospitalized is located at 4,578, of which 938 are in Intensive Care Units with mechanical ventilation.

Likewise, 24 deaths were registered, out of a total count of 203,067 since the beginning of the global health situation.

The Peruvian government declared last week that the Andean nation was going through a new pandemic wave after the New Year and Christmas celebrations.

The former presidential candidate and leader of the Popular Force party, Keiko Fujimori, reported this Sunday that she tested positive for Covid-19. Fujimori specified that he has minimal symptoms and that he would comply with the corresponding isolation.

Lima, the capital city and Callao, are the ones with the highest number of infections, especially with the expansion of the Omicron variant, which is highly contagious.



In this sense, the authorities reduced the capacity in shopping centers and accelerated vaccination to avoid massive infections. In addition, the curfew hours were increased from 11:00 p.m. to 04:00 a.m. local time (04:00 a.m. to 09:00 a.m. GMT), a measure that came into effect last Friday.

According to the Ministry of Health, some 332 people were already infected with the new variant and total infections reached 1,500 daily cases last December.

Faced with this situation, President Pedro Castillo extended the state of emergency in force for 21 months until January 31.

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