April 5th local time, Oscar Ugart, Peruvian Minister of Health, said in an interview with the local media that the first Variant novel coronavirus discovered in Brazil has accelerated its spread in the country, and there are currently cases of the novel coronavirus in almost all provinces and cities across the country.
Ugat said that about 40% of the confirmed cases in the capital Lima were infected with the first Variant novel coronavirus in Brazil, including 63% infection rate in the eastern part of Lima and about 50% in the Madred Dios region in the southeast of the country.
Ugat stressed that due to the approach of the general election in Peru, the Ministry of Health has worked with the national electoral institutions to formulate a series of measures, such as increasing the number of polling stations and extending the voting time, to ensure the safe and orderly voting of voters and the smooth conduct of the general election.
On the 4th local time, the Peruvian Ministry of Health issued an announcement saying that in order to achieve a better effect for the COVID-19 vaccination program and better respond to the needs and expectations of the people, the government intends to include all people in high-risk areas from April 16.
At that time, the people in the relevant areas will participate in the second phase of vaccination with the elderly over 60 years old and vulnerable groups.
Peru officially launched the vaccination of COVID-19 on February 9. As of April 5, the number of people vaccinated against the novel coronavirus nationwide in Peru reached 577,447.
According to the latest report released by Peruvian health department on the 4th local time, there are 1582,367 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 52,877 deaths in the country. At present, there are 13,561 hospitalized cases. The cumulative number of recovered cases is 1500,582.