La The number of deaths rose on Wednesday. (Leandro Britto / @photo.gec) – El Comercio 11.04.2020

Minsa (Ministry of Health) reports 48 Coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours (11.04.2020)

According to information provided by the Ministry of Health, the number of deaths attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic is now 34,671 people. The number of infected people rose to 911,787.

The national state of emergency due to the pandemic will be extended to November 20th, with the goal of containing the number of infected cases in the entire country. This means the continuance of the obligatory social restrictions (including curfew) from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the following day, from Monday to Sunday, at the national level… (Excerpt translated from original Spanish, El Comercio 11.04.2020)

UNICEF Peru COVID-19 Situation Report No. 8 (10.31.2020)

Peru is the country with the highest COVID-19 mortality rate in the world, is the second most affected in the region and has the sixth highest number of cases in the world, with 902,573 confirmed cases and 34,476 deaths, including 167 children and adolescents, as of 31 October 2020. With a population of 32 million and only 1,526 ICU available beds nationwide, the health system is struggling to cope with the situation. (Read more: Relief Web)

Peru Facing Rural COVID-19 Disaster (10.30.2020)

When COVID-19 struck Peru in March 2020, thousands of Peruvians chose to leave large cities and return to their community origins in rural locations.

In Piura, northern Peru, the challenges faced by those returning and their host communities became a severe concern to researchers from the Centro de Investigación y Promoción del Campesinado (CIPCA) in Peru and the Centre for Amerindian and Latin American Studies (CAS) at the University of St Andrews who have been examining the impact of the El Niño phenomenon on livelihoods in the region since 2016. (Read more: Medical Xpress)

U.S. Embassy Peru alert: Resumption of flights to the U.S. and changes to quarantine restrictions (10.23.2020)

Resumption of direct flights to the U.S.: 

On October 21, the government of Peru approved flights of up to eight hours in duration to destinations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. Beginning on November 1, travelers will be able to take direct flights to U.S. destinations including: Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, and New York. Other destinations will include Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Jamaica, and Mexico. Travelers should work directly with travel providers to book flights to these destinations. For more information see (in Spanish): Ministerial Resolution 0727-2020-MTC/01.

Changes to quarantine restrictions: 

On October 21, the government of Peru also announced changes to current quarantine restrictions. Sunday quarantine is no longer in effect in areas previously subject to the all-day quarantine, while the use of personal vehicles on Sundays is still restricted throughout the country. Land borders will reopen gradually. Religious services may resume at 1/3 capacity, and beaches will reopen Monday through Thursday. The 11:00 p.m. nightly curfew remains in effect nationwide. For more information see (in Spanish): Supreme Decree 170-2020-PCM.

Ancash reports zero deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours (10.20.2020)

Good news, which the population should receive with calm. For the first time since the Covid-19 health crisis began, the Ancash region reported this Tuesday that no deaths due to the virus has occurred in the 24 hours.

Health authorities have asked the population to continue observing biosecurity measures, like use of masks, social distancing, and hand washing. The regional government… asks that the population not let down their guard… (Translation from original source/in Spanish: LaMula)

COVID-19: “This time, we’re getting better” (09.24.2020)

According to César Angulo, professor at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Piura:

Since this pandemic began, the official number of deaths per day by Covid-19 had not decreased for more than six consecutive days: right now, we’ve been downhill for over a month. From 228 deaths on August 9, we have dropped to an average of 115 per day.

Best of all, this decline is backed by a similar decline in deaths due to all the causes reported by Sinadef. In addition, the amount of contagion per day continues to decline, as does the number of hospitalized people, which has dropped from 14,000 to 10,000, and the rate of recovered has exceeded 80%. Although there is a possibility of a resurgence, this seems highly unlikely if the established standards continue to be met. (Translation from original source:

COVID-19 pandemic wipes out six million jobs in Peru (09.24.2020) 

The National Institute of Statistics and Informatics recently reported that a total of 6,720,000 Peruvians lost their jobs as the pandemic idled economic activity.Peru’s government has adopted strict measures to contain the outbreak of the disease but is gradually reactivating the economy. (Source: BERNAMA)

In Pictures: Peru’s indigenous fight virus using ancestral wisdom (09.14.2020)

  • Peru has world’s highest per-population confirmed COVID-19 mortality rate, forcing the Indigenous to find own remedies.

As coronavirus spread quickly through Peru’s Amazon, the Indigenous Shipibo community decided to turn to the wisdom of their ancestors.. Read more here from an Al Jazeera 9/11/2020 article here.

COVID-19: Peru sees spike in number of hospitalised children (08.15.2020)

Serious COVID-19 cases among children are still far from widespread but more are now being admitted to intensive care. Read the Al Jazeera article here.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is maxresdefault.jpgPeru hospitals run out of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients (watch the video #AlJazeeraEnglish #Peru #Coronavirus)

Learn more: Article from the World Economic Forum on conditions in Peru (06.17.2020)

Delia, FACES Patient Coordinator in Peru

Words from Delia….

“Believe me, the situation in Peru is very difficult. All transportation is shut down, and that is hard because so many of us do not have personal cars. 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.”

Citizens form a line outside a supermarket, courtesy of Lambayeque news source:

Water shortages around the country further complicate health and sanitation.

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. Tell the doctors we are safe, in our community we have not heard about cases with the virus.

 The only 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, we have to obey the president Vizacrra. It is scary when we hear the news and we have to protect our children.”

“My older son is 25 and he works at the Metro supermarket and he got Covid. The hospitals have so many problems, so I keep him home, he is isolated.aand wen a take care of himShe said with all the problems at the hospital she has her son at home isolated in a room and they are taking care of him. She kept crying and crying and seriously it also broke my heart to see how parents suffer a lot for their children. She said she believes in God and she said all her family is praying for her so