Javier Casana leaves flowers on the portrait of his uncle Jorge Luis Casana, 62, a doctor who died from COVID-19, in Lima, Peru… the Peruvian Medical College reported that at least 11 doctors have died during the first days of 2021. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Updated view on how the vaccination against COVID-19 is progressing in Peru (daily updates)

In February 2021, the distribution of doses began in Peru. This site, which is prepared based on the Government’s Open Data platform, shows how coverage is evolving in all regions: https://data.larepublica.pe/avance-vacunacion-covid-19-peru/


Peru is the only country in the world where the 4 variants of COVID-19 circulate (11.25.2021)

The National Institute of Health (INS) announced that Peru is in the eyes of the world after detecting four active variants of COVID-19 at the national level, a fact that has not occurred in any other country. “We are a special case among many countries because we have four variants circulating: gamma, mu, lambda and delta. You can’t see that anywhere in the world,” explained biologist Carlos Padilla, head of the INS Genomic Sequencing team, to Andina. He also indicated that this fact has been reported to the scientific community and has been described in different scientific articles, several of them already published. (Excerpt translated from original Spanish: LaRepública)

Peru sees increase in COVID-19 positive cases in last three weeks (11.22.2021)

An increase in COVID-19 positive cases has been seen across the country in the last three weeks, which in turn has resulted in higher numbers of hospitalized patients and patients in ICU beds, Health Minister Hernando Cevallos has reported. Overall, he said, hospitalizations increased 30% and ICU bed occupancy rose 60%, mainly in regions such as Piura, Lambayeque, Tacna, Lima, and Callao, but this is still not close to a collapse.
The government official explained that these indicators do not suggest a third wave, although he noted that this increase in COVID-19 positive cases raises an alarm in the health sector.

Additionally, he said there is concern that end-of-year holidays could trigger an increase in infections throughout the country. For this reason, a COVID-19 vaccination certificate will be required in closed public spaces starting December 15. Moreover, a campaign will be launched to promote vaccination among those who oppose immunization. (Source: Agencia Peruana de Noticias: ANDINA)

EsSalud warns of an increase in COVID-19 infections in adults aged 60 to 69 years (11.09.2021)

The Intelligence and Data Analysis Unit of the Social Health Security (EsSalud) warned that there has been an increase in coronavirus infections in adults over 60 to 69 years of age. This increase in positive cases has occurred in the last four weeks and sets off the authorities’ alarms, since this age group is a population vulnerable to COVID-19. According to the report, in this last week of November there are already 412 cases of infections, which represents an increase of 22% compared to the 388 positives detected in the last four weeks. The head of the Unit, Dante Cersso, indicated that although there is a decrease at the national level, there is also an increase in regions such as La Libertad, Piura and Tacna. (Excerpt translated from original Spanish: LaRepública)

Report says 548 doctors have died and 11 remain in the ICU due to COVID-19 pandemic (10.31.2021)

The Peruvian Medical College reported through its website that 548 doctors died due to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. According to information from the entity, up to October 29, 2021, 305 of the deceased lived in Lima and 243 in other regions of the country. The most affected departments, after the capital (8,679), are Arequipa, with 1,490 infected doctors and 42 deaths; and La Libertad, with 1,382 diagnosed with the disease and 30 deaths. Another region that registers deaths of doctors as a result of the coronavirus is Lambayeque, where 774 doctors were infected with the disease and another 19 lost their lives. (Excerpt translated from original Spanish: LaRepública)

Health care worker deaths; photo credit CMP-Peruvian Medical College

Lambayeque: vaccination of adolescents will begin the first week of November (10.25.2021)

In accordance with the provisions of the national vaccination schedule against COVID-19, the regional health manager of Lambayeque, Alipio Rivas Guevara, reported that during the first week of November it is expected to begin the immunization of some 100,000 adolescents in this region. He indicated that the arrival of 60,000 doses of the Pfizer biologic is expected for that day.

…regarding the 92 confirmed cases of the Delta variant in Lambayeque, the manager said that 80% of those infected are stable, while only two presented complications. These are two adults with comorbidity, one is hospitalized in the ICU of the Almanzor Aguinaga Hospital in Chiclayo and the other in the Luis Heysen Hospital. (Source translated and edited from original Spanish: LaRepública)

75% of people over 60 are duly protected against COVID-19 (10.19.2021)

Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos, highlighted the favorable response of the population in the vaccination centers. In Peru, there are more than 14 million people with two doses.

Cevallos highlighted the response of the population in the vaccination centers. Precisely, during “VacunaRock,” which was held last Monday at the UNMSM campus, the head of the Minsa pointed out that “75% of people over 60 years of age are duly protected. This positions us as a country that is protecting itself against the pandemic.” (Source translated and edited from original Spanish: LaRepública)

Nearly 50% of target population received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine (10.16.2021)

49% of the target population for COVID-19 vaccination in Peru has already received the two doses that prevent severe cases and death from the novel coronavirus.
So far, 31,184,940 doses have been administered in Peru. Out of that total, 17,475,858 were given as first dose, while 13,697,249 as second dose.

It should be pointed out that the target population in Peru consists of men and women over 12 years of age, that is 28,024,250 people.
Currently, everyone aged 18 years and above are eligible to get vaccinated. However, those aged 17 who turn 18 years old this year can also be inoculated. (Redacted from: ANDINA/Agencia Peruana de Noticias)

Ministry of Health (Minsa) prepares for the massive use of AstraZeneca vaccines (10.10.2021)

With a batch of more than 1.2 million doses arriving, immunization of new groups in the regions will begin. The drug is 90% effective, says vice minister. Booster dose for healthcare personnel will start with Pfizer.

1,245,900 doses of AstraZeneca has arrived in Peru, as part of the contract that Peru has with the pharmaceutical company for 14,040,000. This is the second batch, since the first of 163,200 units arrived on September 26, not counting those that arrived through the Covax Facility mechanism. The use of this vaccine has been prioritized in rural areas and, because information campaigns have not been carried out as with Sinopharm, there is a high percentage of people who did not return for their second dose. But, now that the vaccine will be applied throughout the country in a massive way, including Lima and Callao, strong communication campaigns will be carried out to fight against misinformation. (Edited and translated from original Spanish: LaRepública)

More than 86 million schoolchildren have not yet returned to school in Latin America (09.27.2021)

School education was one of the sectors most affected by the restrictions imposed to control the new coronavirus. A recent UNICEF report indicates that in Latin America, more than 86 million children have not yet returned to school. It also indicates that this puts at risk the learning process and the knowledge acquired by schoolchildren before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During the last 18 months, the majority of children and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean have not seen their teachers or friends outside of a screen. Those who do not have internet have not seen them directly, ”says Jean Gough, UNICEF regional director. The official also emphasizes that there is not only the risk that children will stop learning, but that they will never return to formal education. “Virtual education must continue and improve, but it is clear that during the pandemic the most marginalized families have not had access to learning.” … a United Nations report affirms that nearly 1 billion children around the world are at risk of having a significant “learning loss” due to the interruption of face-to-face classes during the pandemic of the COVID-19. It also estimates that an approximate 47 million schoolchildren have progressively returned to school. (Source in original Spanish: LaRepública)

Vaccination in border areas and indigenous communities advances at good pace (09.27.2021)

The population of rural areas, especially in the high Andean indigenous communities of the Amazon and the border regions are responding to the call for vaccination against Covid-19, said the executive director of immunizations of the Ministry of Health ( Minsa), Gabriela Jiménez Quinteros. (They) indicated that the vaccination process against covid-19 is progressing steadily and, with the supply of vaccines that Peru now has, it has started more intensely and firmly with the population of remote areas and of difficult access due to geographical conditions. (Source in original Spanish: ANDINA)

Delta variant confirmed in Lambayeque (08.21.2021)

The National Institute of Health (INS) informed the Regional Health Management of the results of the sequencing studies of a positive sample of SARS-CoV-2.

The Epidemiology Office of the Regional Health Management confirmed the first case of the Delta variant in the Lambayeque region after sequencing studies carried out by the National Institute of Health (INS) on a positive sample of SARS-CoV-2. Dafne Moreno, head of said specialized unit, told La República that he is a 30-year-old citizen who received outpatient care at the Pimentel district health center (Chiclayo province), after July 27. By 2021 the disease was detected through a diagnostic test.

According to the latest report from the Integrated System for COVID-19 (Siscovid), the Lambayeque region registers 60,423 infected and 6,267 deaths.

‘Hidden pandemic’: Peruvian children in crisis as carers die (08.16.2021)

María Belén, now six months old, is one of an estimated 99,000 children in Peru and 1.6 million globally who have lost a caregiver to Covid-19, according to a study published in the Lancet in July. Covid-19 orphanhood is a “hidden pandemic”, say researchers. Obscured by the more visible tumult of the pandemic, it is damaging the mental and physical health and economic future of the next generation. Peru faces a particularly severe crisis. High levels of informal labour, intergenerational housing and poverty have made it fertile ground for the coronavirus. It has recorded 197,000 Covid-19 deaths – the highest number in the world per capita. (Read the full article here: The Guardian 08.16.2021)

90% of ICU admissions are patients without any dose of the COVID vaccine: About 7% or 8% of ICU patients received a single dose (08.11.2021)

The president of the Peruvian Society of Intensive Medicine (Sopemi), doctor Carlos Lescano, pointed out that 90% of patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are people who have not received either dose of the covid vaccine.

Regarding the vaccines from the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm, the president of Sopemi highlighted the existence of scientific evidence on their efficacy, based on randomized clinical trials carried out in Peru and other countries. He pointed out that the health professionals who are on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic are the “palpable evidence” that this vaccine works. Regarding the characteristics of the second wave of the pandemic, Lescano pointed out that 50% of ICU patients are under 50 years of age. He specified that 30% to 40% did not present any comorbidity. Faced with the possible third wave, the specialist considered that Peru currently has around 3,000 ICU beds for covid and non-covid patients. Of these, 700 beds are available. (Source in original Spanish: LaMula.pe 08.11.2021)

Why does Peru have the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 per million inhabitants? (07.25.2021)

Despite the fact that Peru made all the right moves to get out of the COVID-19 pandemic – and that it was one of the first countries in the region to decree a total quarantine – one year and four months later, figures reveal that the efforts were not enough.

A precarious health system, labor informality, and the country’s productive inability are some of the reasons why Peru is one of the nations with the highest number of deaths from the new coronavirus per million inhabitants. The High Level Committee on COVID-19, promoted by Concytec, and which worked for two and a half months, investigated what are the main reasons why the country won in a race where nobody wants to be ahead. The nation, which will be under the command of left-wing professor Pedro Castillo as of July 28, far surpassed Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia and Brazil.. in deaths per million citizens.

…the first cause is the extreme weakness of the health system… Peru only invests 3.1% of the GDP in this sector, whereas the rest of the countries in the region “invest 6% and developed countries up to 10%” and Peru “had less than half the ICU beds that smaller countries have, such as Ecuador and Bolivia….(challenges with) housing , public transportation, and the informal labor market also contributed. And… among the structural causes there is also the inconsistency of the State, the productive incapacity – due to which Peru exported almost everything during the pandemic – poor nutrition and, finally, inequality, which in recent months has worsened. (Excerpted and translated from original Spanish: LaRepública 07.25.2021)

Regional Government asked the Ministry of Health for ‘vaccine-a-thon’ in Lambayeque (07.13.2021)

…the regional authority indicated that Lambayeque was one of the regions most affected in the first and second epidemiological wave by the coronavirus. He added that, to date, 58,127 positive cases and 6,178 deaths have been registered. Diaz Bravo, stressed that the massive vaccination campaign called vaccine-a-thon must be replicated in the provinces, in order to protect the population against a possible third epidemiological wave. The regional authority assured that there are adequate personnel, logistics and locations to carry out this activity. However, he specified that the Minsa would need to send additional doses, thereby ensuring the success of this innovative prevention activity. (Excerpted from original Spanish: LaRepública 07.13.2021)

Coronavirus in Peru: This is the situation of COVID-19 in the regions (06.28.2021)

Lambayeque: The regional manager of Health, Alipio Rivas Guevara, revealed that in Lambayeque infections by the new coronavirus were reduced by 35%, compared to the previous month. Similarly, the number of deaths has decreased by 20%. (Listen to full audio in Spanish: RPP News)

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)

Source: BBC

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)