Covid: Why has Peru been so badly hit? (06.01.2021)
Its official death toll has more than doubled, after the criteria for recording Covid deaths were changed following a government review. So why has Peru been affected so badly? Up until recently, deaths in Peru were only reported as Covid deaths if there was a positive test result to back it up. But throughout the pandemic, excess death figures suggested that the real Covid death toll might be much higher. Excess deaths account for how many more people are dying than would be expected based on the previous few years. Since the start of the Covid outbreak, Peru has recorded around 150% more deaths than would be expected. (Excerpt from BBC. Read the full article here: BBC News)
Covid: Peru more than doubles death toll after review (06.01.2021)
Peru has more than doubled its Covid death toll following a review, making it the country with the world’s highest death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The official death toll is now more than 180,000, up from 69,342, in a country of about 33 million people. Prime Minister Violeta Bermudez said the number was increased on the advice of Peruvian and international experts. This was in line with so-called excess deaths figures.
The news, released on Monday, came just six days before Peru is set to hold a presidential run-off election between leftist Pedro Castillo and right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori. (Excerpt from original BBC article. Read the full article here: BBC News)
INS confirms presence of the new variant C.37 confirmed in the country (05.24.2021)
Recent studies by the National Institute of Health (INS) and the Epidemiology Center of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) have confirmed the presence in Peru of the new coronavirus variant C.37, which would be responsible for at least 80% of infections reported in recent months. This was reported by the Minister of Health, Óscar Ugarte, who said that investigations are continuing to find out if the aforementioned lineage is responsible for the current ‘second wave.’ At a press conference, Ugaret indicated that C.37 is considered a variant of concern, like the Brazilian and English, which are also in the country. (Excerpt translated from original Spanish: La República)
‘The slow advance towards the embrace’ (05.16.2021)
More than half of those over the age of 80 across Peru have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, thousands of families still expect their loved ones from vulnerable groups to be immunized to gradually regain that longed-for embrace. Stories of illusion, waiting and anguish reflect a slow and clear distribution still insufficient for one of the populations most affected by the pandemic. At the beginning of May, the Ministry of Health began giving of the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 in adults over 80 years of age in Lima and Callao. At the end of this report, more than 335,000 people in this age group have received at least one dose throughout the country, according to the Government’s Open Data platform. This represents 51% of the population of Peruvians over 80 —647,355 in total—, according to June 2020 estimates reported by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI).
The psychologist Sofía Medina explains that, since the health crisis unleashed, that feeling of having lost something has become recurrent. A custom, a family habit, a fraternal ritual, the daily life of millions of families. Something in all this was broken and only now, with the arrival of vaccines, could he recover. (Excerpt translated from original Spanish: La República)
Peru’s COVID crisis: ‘Almost all Peruvians know someone who died’ (05.06.2021)
Lima, Peru – While the world watches in horror as India’s coronavirus case count explodes, another intense outbreak is unfolding – albeit on a much smaller scale – in Peru, which sits atop the global per capita mortality rankings. The Andean nation has registered more than 4,000 excess dead per million residents since the start of the pandemic, or more than 166,815 deaths, the Financial Times reported, a 123 percent rise compared with the historical average.
Excess deaths are viewed as more accurate than the official Peruvian health ministry figure of 62,126 confirmed deaths linked to the coronavirus. “Almost all Peruvians know someone who has died from COVID,” said Cesar Carcamo, an epidemiologist at Cayetano Heredia University, Peru’s leading medical school. The country also is experiencing its deadliest period since the novel coronavirus first arrived, with 9,458 deaths recorded in April – its highest monthly death toll – although the figures have now started to come back down.
Experts attribute Peru’s disastrous pandemic performance to a cocktail of factors: poverty, a crumbling public healthcare system, a national oxygen duopoly that has failed to meet demand, and the emergence of new strains of the virus. (Excerpt – Read the full article here: Al Jazeera)
Lambayeque establishes 24 vaccination points for adults 80 years of age (05.06.2021)
In order to speed up the immunization process against Covid-19 in the Lambayeque region, 24 vaccination points have been established in different districts and capital cities – 2 of which are part of the “vaccine car” initiative- for the second group of adults over 80 years of age. The general manager of the regional government of Lambayeque, Jorge Montenegro Chavesta, said that, despite not having the personnel and logistics, the current management makes strenuous efforts to ensure that health professionals fulfill the task entrusted to them. (Excerpt edited from original Spanish: Agencia Andina)
Óscar Ugarte estimates that there will be at least 39 million doses against COVID-19 left for the next government (05.03.2021)
The Minister of Health has indicated that the transitional government of Francisco Sagasti expects to leave at least 39 million doses against the coronavirus – from different laboratories – for the immunization of citizens at the national level during the next term. Ugarte also indicated that the government is waiting to sign other contracts with Gamaleya, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Sinovac laboratories. “In certain quantities… they will be arriving in the coming months… a guarantee that everyone in the country can be vaccinated.” Peru has so far signed vaccine supply agreements with Sinopharm for one million doses, with Pfizer for 20 million, with AstraZeneca for 14.04 million and with the Covax Facility for 13.2 million. (Excerpt edited from original Spanish: El Comercio)
About 900 thousand people received the first dose of the vaccine against COVID 19 (04.27.2021)
A total of 585,307 citizens received first and second doses. More than 116,000 adults over the age of 80 were immunized within the framework of the new vaccination strategy against COVID-19, which has been in force since last April 16.
As of today, the departments of Junín, La Libertad, San Martín, Arequipa, Loreto, Cajamarca, Tumbes, Huánuco, Piura, Amazonas, Pasco, and Ucayali have received or are in the process of receiving vaccines against COVID-19, in addition to Apurímac, Cusco, Madre de Dios, Puno, Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Lima and Callao. It is expected that the immunization of adults over 80 years of age will conclude and, starting Friday, April 30, the vaccination of people over 70 years of age will begin. (Source: Edited from original Spanish, El Comercio)
UPDATE! “With great enthusiasm and optimism, the vaccination process against the coronavirus of adults over 80 years of age in the Lambayeque region began on Tuesday, April 27. The inoculation was carried out simultaneously at the various immunization points enabled early in the morning.” (Source in original Spanish: La República)
Patients requiring ICU beds are young and without comorbidities (04.27.2021)
Carlos Lescano Alva, new president of the Peruvian Society of Intensive Medicine, revealed the terrible situation Peru is experiencing in the midst of the pandemic. According to his statements, our country is going through “a national catastrophe with the number of people who are dying” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, he reported that the profile of the person admitted to the ICU has varied and now there are younger people who require this element. In recent days, Peru has exceeded the figure of more than 300 deaths in just 24 hours. (Source in original Spanish: La República)
Experts say there is no indication that this health catastrophe will improve (04.22.2021)
April is not over yet, but it has already become the month with the most deaths confirmed by Covid-19 registered to date. So far in 2021, 20,537 people have already died, while in all of 2020 the death toll from the virus was 37,124. Data analyst Rodrigo Parra says “At the moment there is no sign of decline, on the contrary, it is increasing.”
Percy Mayta-Tristán, a researcher at the Southern Scientific University, points out that, while vaccines will help, they will not serve to mitigate the second wave. “We have to apply a series of interventions. The population in general, and I think the government, have become used to death.” In the almost 3 remaining months of the current government, in addition to masks and vaccines, the expert points out that other biosafety measures, such as distancing, must be reinforced through effective communication campaigns.
Meanwhile, the dean of the Peruvian Medical College, Miguel Palacios, feels that the Government is hopeful about vaccines while there is passivity regarding public health interventions. He recalls that in the country there are millions of people who speak Quechua and Aymara, so it is vital that strategic communication is carried out in each language with known interlocutors so that the population will pay attention to them. (Excerpt edited and translated from original Spanish: La República)
CMP on record deaths from COVID-19: “The figures are terrifying” (04.19.2021)
On Monday, April 19, the dean of the Peruvian Medical College (CMP), Miguel Palacios, pointed out that the Government’s strategies are constantly failing, this after officially registering 433 deaths in just one day due to COVID-19, the highest number of the pandemic…. the previous record had been reported on April 10, with 384 deaths in just 24 hours.
Palacios recommended that the Government convene his institution to analyze “the way and alternative” to increase human resources. “We have alternatives with the intensive medicine society to be able to prepare related professionals, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, internists, etc., and in this way have professionals who can handle the machines, machines without professionals are useless.” (Excerpt translated from original Spanish: La República)
Warning that 24 hospitals could run out of oxygen (04.17.2021)
In Lima and the interior. While the company that generates this resource indicates that it is at its maximum capacity… regional governments ask for oxygen plants due to the increase in cases. The situation worries the National Assembly of Regional Governments (ANGR), as there is a fear that the event in Talara, Piura, where 12 patients died a few days ago due to lack of medical oxygen, will occur again.
…in the interior of the country… affected hosptals are the Lambayeque Regional Hospital, Virú Provincial Hospital (La Libertad), Huancavelica Departmental Hospital, San José Hospital (Callao); and others located in Junín, Áncash, Loreto, Amazonas and Ica.
According to the president of the ANGR, Carlos Rúa, the increase in Covid-19 infections and the increase in the demand for medicinal oxygen put the lives of thousands of seriously ill patients who require this resource at risk. For this reason, the presiding body has sent a document to the Ministry of Health (Minsa), in order to urgently implement oxygen plants in the main hospitals in the country. (Excerpt translated from original Spanish: La Republica)
Peru reports new COVID deaths record ahead of elections (04.04.2021)
Amid surge in coronavirus infections, Peruvians will go to the polls April 11 to elect a new president and Congress.
Peru has registered its highest single-day total of coronavirus-related deaths, as millions of people across the South American country prepare to head to the polls to elect a new president and Congress next weekend. The country’s health ministry said 294 deaths were recorded on Saturday, up from a previous record of 277 deaths reported in August. More than 5,600 new COVID-19 cases also were reported in Peru, with the country among several in Latin America struggling to contain a recent surge in infections spurred in part by new, more easily transmissible strains of the virus.
Neighbouring Chile recently postponed a vote to elect an assembly to write a new constitution due to the rise in coronavirus infections, but Peru is moving ahead with plans to hold its elections on April 11. An opinion poll released on Thursday by Datum Internacional found that populist presidential frontrunner Yonhy Lescano had consolidated his lead over five other candidates vying for second place ahead of a likely June runoff. The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the economy in Peru, which has witnessed political turmoil during the past year amid corruption allegations against former President Martin Vizcarra. (Read full article here: Al Jazeera)
Peru, the worst country in the world in handling the pandemic (04.02.2021)
New figures from the Financial Times reveal true impact of COVID-19 on mortality.
In the most recent update of its coronavirus figures, the Financial Times charts global concern that reported deaths from COVID-19 are not capturing the true impact of the coronavirus on mortality around the globe. The British publication has collected and analyzed data on excess mortality (the number of deaths above the historical average) around the world, and has found that the number of deaths in some countries is more than 50% higher than usual. . “In many countries, this excess of deaths exceeds the reported numbers of deaths from COVID-19 by wide margins,” the source notes.
Adjusting for population size, the most affected countries are Peru and Ecuador, each of which has seen more than 1,000 excess deaths per million inhabitants. The two Latin American countries also have the highest percentage of excess: the excess of deaths expressed as a percentage of normal deaths during the same period. (Excerpt from original Spanish: Gestión. Read the original Financial Times report in English here)
Fear that Lambayeque is entering a third wave of infections (03.28.2021)
Coronavirus infections and daily deaths from this disease increased in Lambayeque despite the efforts of health personnel. The head of the Regional Emergency Operations Center (COER), Henry Vásquez Limo, fears that the current figures represent the start of a third wave of the pandemic…. (Vásquez Limo) expressed concern due to the lack of availability of beds for the hospitalization of infected patients, lack of medical oxygen and absence of medicines, a scenario similar to that of March 2020, at the highest peak of the first wave…it is believed that in Lambayeque about 40 infected lose their lives daily to the coronavirus.
“It is worrying because this wave looks like it will be more terrible due to the new strains. In March 2020, those who died were the elderly and patients with comorbidity. This time the disease is causing women, children, young people and nursing mothers to die,” he stated. (Vásquez Limo) questioned that the central government has decided to lower the risk level of the region to ‘high,’ when the situation of area hospitals puts Lambayeque well within the range of the regions in extreme risk. ( (Article source, edited/translated from original Spanish: LaRepublica.pe)
Peru hits new COVID-19 case record as Brazilian variant spreads (03.25.2021)
LIMA (Reuters) – Peru said on Thursday it registered a record high of 11,260 new coronavirus cases in a single day as it suffers from the spread of a more contagious variant first identified in Brazil, a shortage of medical equipment, and overstretched hospitals. Peru’s total caseload since the virus first hit in March last year is now 1,492,519 and 50,656 deaths, the Ministry of Health said on Wednesday night.
…In this second wave, the country is seeing the impact of a new COVID variant known as P1 first discovered in neighbouring Brazil. Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay are also seeing infections peak, according to data gathered by Reuters. A total of 40% of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Peruvian capital Lima are the Brazilian variant, which entered the Amazon region in the north-east of the country at the beginning of the year, the government said on Wednesday. Paraguayan authorities confirmed on Thursday that the P1 variant had been confirmed as circulating in various regions, and was “probably” now the most prevalent strain in the country, said Guillermo Sequera, a Paraguayan public health official. (Edited text, read full article here: Metro, 03.25.2021)
What do we know about the vaccines purchased by Peru to battle the COVID-19 pandemic? (03.18.2021)
So far, Peru has received vaccines against COVID-19 from laboratories such as Sinopharm and Pfizer for the immunization process of first-line health personnel and adults over 85 years of age. This is what we know about the vaccines that are being applied in the country.
At the beginning of February, Peru received the first batch of vaccines against COVID-19 to begin the process of immunization of front-line health personnel in the homeland: 300 thousand doses. A week later, 700,000 more doses arrived, completing the first million vaccines after signing the contract with the pharmaceutical company Sinopharm. In March, Pfizer also began shipping doses, totaling 100,000 vaccines so far, after signing a contract for a total of 20 million. In that same month, through the COVAX Facility coalition, Peru received a first batch of vaccines: 117,000 from the Pfizer company, in addition to the contract signed directly with the pharmaceutical company. OXFORD / ASTRAZENECA WILL ARRIVE DURING THE SECOND SEMESTER, ACCORDING TO THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE… (Article source, edited/translated from original Spanish: RPP.PE)
Lambayeque now has an ultra-freezer for Pfizer vaccines (03.16.2021)
The Regional Health Management announced that it has an 80 degree Celsius deep freezer for the preservation of Pfizer vaccines against the coronavirus. In the press release, the head of the Regional Reference Laboratory in Public Health, Richard Montalvo Aguirre explained that they received two deep-freezers from the Minsa. One of them will serve to keep the COVID-19 vaccine at a suitable temperature for use. The regional immunization coordinator, José Antonio Enriquez Salazar, assured that, with this team, good quality is being guaranteed in terms of the preservation of the vaccine. (Article source, edited/translated from original Spanish: La Republica.pe)
COVID-19: 50 thousand doses of Pfizer arrive. 1.2 million of AstraZeneca by end of May (03.03.2021)
In full application of the second dose of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine to health personnel in critical areas, the shipment of a new laboratory will arrive today. These are the first 50,000 doses from the US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, which will allow the immunization process to continue for front-line personnel, President Francisco Sagasti assured yesterday.
But there are also those of the Covax Facility mechanism, of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the GAVI Vaccine Alliance, which reported yesterday that Peru will receive 1,296,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through May. This is part of a larger list that includes 26 million vaccines for 18 countries in the region in the next three months. This weekend the monthly terms will be provided, based on national regulations, supply availability and other requirements. Through Covax, Peru will also receive a “special shipment” of 117 thousand doses from Pfizer, as reported by La República. However, like Bolivia and El Salvador “it must finalize the administrative, legal and regulatory requirements to advance in the process.” (Article source, edited/translated from original Spanish: La Republica)
Oxygen imported from Chile to arrive in four or five days, says Violeta Bermúdez
Oxygen imported from Chile should arrive in four or five days, and Southern Peru will donate an additional 20 tons of oxygen starting Tuesday… “…Southern is going to provide 20 tons of oxygen a day to narrow the gap. In addition, we are acquiring oxygen from Chile, which will be departing tomorrow from Antofagasta, arriving in four or five days. That’s 40 tones a week from Chile…”
…the current demand for medicinal oxygen is 444 tons per day, more than twice as high as in the first wave. In addition, the deficit amounts to 100 tons per day. Bermúdez added that the State is pressuring the National University of Engineering (UNI) “to comply with the oxygen plants purchased by the Peruvian state and are behind in delivery.” (Source: Translated and edited from original Spanish: Peru21, 02.22.2021)
‘The best shield’: Peru launches inoculation drive with Sinopharm vaccine (02.09.2021)
Peru launched its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Tuesday with newly arrived doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine, as the South American country struggles to control a fierce second wave of infections that has forced a lockdown in the capital, Lima. Health officials kicked off the program in the intensive care unit of Lima’s Arzobispo Loayza Hospital, authorities said, where medical staff were slated to receive the first of 300,000 doses delivered on Sunday by Sinopharm Group Co Ltd. Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti was vaccinated later in the day and urged vaccine skeptics to get inoculated. A survey by Ipsos Peru last month showed 48% of Peruvians would refuse to be vaccinated, citing fears of side effects.
Peru will .. vaccinate 5.3 million elderly people, those suffering from pre-existing conditions and its native communities. Peru’s deal with Sinopharm guarantees the country 38 million doses. A fresh batch of 700,000 doses is expected to arrive on Sunday, health officials said. Peru has tallied almost 1.2 million cases of COVID-19 and 42,400 deaths. (Article source, read in its original English: Reporting by Marco Aquino and Reuters TV; Writing by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Paul Simao and Peter Cooney – Reuters.com)
Lambayeque: Deaths from COVID-19 increase by 20% in January (01.29.2021)
The manager in charge of the Lambayeque Regional Health Management, Félix García Ahumada, revealed that in the month of January the death rate from COVID-19 increased by 20%.
“So far this month, which is already ending, deaths are at the number of 216, a higher number compared to the month of December. We are in the numbers of deaths for the month of October, and still far from the worst situation we had in May last year,” he commented. The specialist explained that in the year 780 new cases have been recorded, that is, 26 daily cases. Regional Health Management asked to redouble prevention measures because 780 new infections were reported in the month of January alone. “We are in the numbers of deaths for the month of October, and still far from the worst situation we had in the month of May of last year, “said the manager in charge of the health sector, Felix Ahumada. (Translate from original Spanish: RPP, 01/29/2021)
Lambayeque will receive 24,000 doses of the vaccine against COVID-19 (01.22.2021)
Regional Health Management assures that the Lambayeque region will receive a total of 24,000 doses of the vaccine. Regional coordinator of immunizations, José Antonio Enriquez Salazar, indicated that 12,088 doses will be applied in the first phase to health workers, police, members of the armed forces, firefighters, and brigade members… the first batch comprises only the first dose; however, at 21 to 28 days, the second will be supplied to the same number of people.
In the same way, (Enriquez Salazar) assured that the region has the logistics for the conservation of the vaccine. “There is cold chain equipment in urban and rural areas with electric, solar and domestic refrigerators that guarantee the conservation of the biological at a temperature of +2 to +8 degrees,” he said. (Excerpt translated from original Spanish, LaRepublica 01.22.2021)
Lambayeque was the second region with the highest fatality due to COVID-19 (01.21.2021)
The president of the Lambayeque Medical Federation, Paúl Larrea, requested a change in health strategies, since the epidemiological curve is rising in terms of infections and deaths from COVID-19 in the region. The authority even specified that the indicators reflect a more complex situation than in the first wave.
He emphasized that the Regional Health Management (Geresa) must contemplate an action plan based on community intervention that implies the formation of brigades with district authorities, as well as the strengthening of the 182 health establishments of the first level of care … he expressed that hospitals do not have the capacity to respond because they do not have intensive care physicians and nurses, ICU beds and diagnostic tests. … Likewise, he noted that not having sufficient molecular and antigenic tests prevents epidemiological fences from forming and new cases of SARS-CoV-2 from being detected more widely. (Excerpt translated from original Spanish, LaRepublica 01.21.2021)
4 tons of medicines and medical supplies sent to rainforest to fight COVID-19 (01.22.2021)
The Ministry of Production (Produce), in coordination with the Ministry of Health (Minsa) and the Social Health Insurance System (EsSalud), sent 4 tons of medicines, personal protective equipment, and medical supplies to the rainforest region of Loreto in order to strengthen its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The load — made up of 92,790 medicine units, 20,000 units of venoclysis equipment, 3,025 pairs of gloves, and 3,000 units of medical supplies — was sent on a flight provided by the Ministry of Defense. (Source: ReliefWeb 01.22.2021)
Private clinics reached 100% of their ICU bed capacity (01.18.2021)
It is not only the public health system that is collapsing again due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Private clinics have already reached the limit of their capacity for beds in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), reported on Monday, January 18, by Sebastián Céspedes, spokesman for the association of private clinics.
“The private ICUs are also crowded. We are at 100% capacity in the intensive care rooms in the private clinics,” Céspedes said in a statement to RPP Noticias. The spokesman for the association of private clinics explained that the current situation is unique because, in 2020, the care for other diseases had been canceled and now, in 2021, there are ICU beds occupied by Covid as well as the other other pathologies. “If we want to continue with this comparison, the situation is as critical as the one Peru experienced in August or September of last year,” said Céspedes. Faced with this situation, the spokesperson pointed out that private clinics are taking measures such as postponing surgical interventions and returning to virtual medical appointments. (Translated from original Spanish, LaMula.pe 01.18.2021)
Lambayeque declares preventive ‘frontal war’ against the second wave of Covid-19 (01.12.2021)
“We must worry not about ICU beds but about reinforcing the first level of care, urges Governor Lozano… A “frontal war” against covid-19 in the preventive stage, to avoid more infections in the second wave of the pandemic in Lambayeque, announced today regional governor Anselmo Lozano Centurión.”
The Lambayecan authority ruled on the health actions that its management will adopt in the working meeting it held with regional managers to evaluate the administrative progress of the region. Health is a problem that will be faced at the first level and does not involve the concern of having more ICU beds or mechanical ventilators, since at that stage only between 1% and 2% of patients are saved, but it is necessary to reinforce the preventive phase, he emphasized.
The governor pointed out that the Lambayeque Regional Hospital has the largest medicinal oxygen plant in South America and soon the Belén and Ferreñafe hospitals will have the same, in late January or early February, so the surplus will be for the stock of health centers, He specified that patients, with the first symptoms, should go to the nearest health center to control the disease at the first level of care, thus avoiding hospitalization. In this sense, the 182 health centers will have an oxygen stock and pulse oximeters to measure oxygen saturation in patients. He indicated that if preventive measures are not taken, more deaths will be regretted in the region. (Translated from original Spanish: Andina, 01.12.2021)
Covid 19: How to get vaccines to those who need them in Peru? (01.07.2021)
The country will have to face one of its greatest public health challenges in its history: to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines reach every corner of Peru and to the people who need it most.
Clinical trials are underway for two candidate vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm, consisting of two doses each. Furthermore, its peers AstraZeneca / Oxford, Curevac, and Johnson & Johnson are on the same path. Once the objective is established by the health authorities, the next challenge will be to know where the population that you want to serve first is located and how many there are. … the obstacle is that for now there are not many studies that show where the people most susceptible to COVID-19 are found and who have not yet been infected. .. Another important challenge will be the transport of the lots to each region, since vaccines, mainly genetic ones, need special cold chains to be kept in good condition. A recent report by El Comercio explains in depth the logistical challenges that the Government will face during vaccination.
(…the current goal)… is that, before the winter of 2021, a first large group of Peruvians will have already received vaccines against COVID-19. (Excerpt from original Spanish: El Comercio, 01.07.2121)
A pandemic atlas: Peru’s death toll leaves a grieving nation (12.16.2020)
The magnitude of loss in this South American nation that for months held the grim title of first worldwide in per capita COVID-19 deaths is striking. A recent poll found that seven in 10 Peruvians know someone who died from the virus. Many know far more than just one. Marín estimates he knows at least 50. “On every block, there is someone who has died…” By CHRISTINE ARMARIO, AP News
The story of Peru did not have to be this way. Decades of under-investment in public health and poor decisions at the onset of the pandemic, coupled with severe inequality and shortages of life-saving goods like medicinal oxygen, combined to create one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks.
Peruvian officials have called the pandemic the most devastating public health crisis to hit the country since 1492, when Europeans brought diseases like smallpox and measles to the Americas, devastating indigenous populations. (Read the full article here: AP News)
Words from Delia….
“Believe me, the situation in Peru is very difficult. Many people are without work. Police and military are everywhere to make sure you have a reason to be out of your house. I wish I could walk around my neighborhood, walk around the block. I cannot. We have lost our freedom.”
Quotes from Patient’s Parents
“The main problem we have is that we are not working, we want to work. We need to eat. We have to find the way to get something for the table. I am a farmer and now everything is stopped. It is very worrying , we need money. We have nothing to continue surviving. I want to work but there is nothing.”
“We all the family are Ok, only the virus. We are scared, we don’t know when this will finish. The situation is hard for us. Sometimes we do not have the food but we always try to get something and share it and make it feed everyone in the family. We just have to obey the president but it is very difficult, we need to work.”
“I used to work cleaning farming ditches for watering in Huarmey, which is near Lima . But when all this started I had to come back. My wife is very scared that something can happen to me being far away. But the problem here is that I can not work, it is worrying because we need food and we are running out of money. Here in the farm we try to eat whatever to pass the days. My wife doesn’t want me to travel But I need to work for my family.”
“We live in the countryside and luckily in this area there are no problems with the virus. We can eat whatever, here in the farm there is always something we can eat, it is not like in Chiclayo… one problem we have is with the cell signal – the signal is interrupted all the time.”
“Here in this area nothing happens, there is no work around here. We are locked in our houses because the situation in Lambayeque and Chiclayo is getting worse, we hear a lot about infected people.
In this area my whole family is near us. We help each other. At least we can eat sweet potatoes every day. Sweet potatoes always grow in this area. We are farmers and now everything has been stopped. We have to earn a little money daily to be able to eat. We don’t go out because we have to take care of our children… It is scary when we hear the news and we have to protect our children.”