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12 Mar 2020 | 08:13 AM UTC

Peru: President suspends schools nationwide and issues post-entry restrictions March 11 /update 1

Peru News Alert

Government orders school closures nationwide and home-quarantine for travelers from four countries due to COVID-19 from March 11; adhere to all government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/11/2020, 12:00 AM until 4/30/2020, 11:59 PM (America/Lima). COUNTRY/REGION Peru

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Event

President Martin Vizcarra announced on Wednesday, March 11, that all public and private schools nationwide will be closed from March 11 through March 30 to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). He also announced that all individuals entering Peru from China, France, Spain, and Italy will be required to undergo home quarantine for 14 days from the departure of the aforementioned countries. A government decree on Wednesday declared a National Health Emergency for a period of 90 days effective immediately.

As of 20:00 (local time) on March 11, Ministry of Health officials have confirmed 17 cases of COVID-19 nationwide. Further spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, seek medical care urgently and share your previous travel history with your health care provider.

Travelers returning from China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran who develop symptoms of pneumonia are advised to call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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