Peru’s Ministry of Health announced on the 8th local time that a case of mutant COVID-19 had been found. The patient was a woman living in the capital Lima.
Because of mild symptoms, she is currently quarantined at home for treatment. This is the first confirmed case of mutant COVID-19 infection in the country.
It is reported that the patient has no history of traveling abroad in recent months, but he has attended family gatherings during the New Year holiday, and two of the family members he has come into contact with have tested positive for COVID-19, but they are still waiting for further testing to determine whether they are also infected with mutant novel coronavirus.
Peru’s Ministry of Health said the case indicates that the mutant novel coronavirus has spread in Peru.
The Peruvian government had previously announced the suspension of flights between Peru and European countries.
WHO previously said that the mutant novel coronavirus found in the United Kingdom has a stronger transmission capacity in all ages, and the way the virus spreads has not changed, so the current epidemic prevention measures against the novel coronavirus are also effective for the mutant novel coronavirus.
Peru’s Ministry of Health appealed to people on the same day to wear masks in public places and maintain safe social distancing.