The Minister of Health, Kelly Portalatinoruled out a return to the mandatory nature of the mask use in the country. He clarified that the biosecurity measure remains voluntary, but stressed the importance of using it, especially in enclosed spaces or with large crowds.
“It is not mandatory, there is no going back. It is only voluntary of each person to use or not in closed spaces and without ventilation. I want it to be very clear,” said the head of the Ministry of Healthafter performing a vaccination campaign in Villa Maria del Triunfo.
He assured that his sector applies the emergency plan of Covid-19 and reaffirmed that there is a “projection” of fifth wave for the “December fortnight” and “a severe scenario between April and May”.
A few days ago, the Chief Health Officer indicated that the possibility of returning to the mandatory use of masks was being assessed due to the Christmas and New Yearbut with his declarations, this -for the moment- has been ruled out.
In addition, Portalatino pointed out that the use of the mask is recommended for vulnerable peopleincluding those over 60, as well as for anyone with a comorbidity.
“We need to take care of these people with risk factors, whether they are older adults or young people. These springs in the hot zones have been identified, hopefully we will become aware of them,” he said.
The Minister also took the opportunity to launch an appeal to the conscience of the population and underlined that from now on the concern to avoid a the contagion “will depend on each one”.
At another point, he asked the public not to let their guard down in the face of the new infections and stressed the importance of completing all dose to be protected and to be able to face the disease in the best way.
“There is an increase in cases, but it is slight. The stock is sufficient to vaccinate the population aged 5 to 11 and 12 and over. We must continue to educate Peruvians to avoid entering the fifth wave“, commented
According to data from the Ministry of Health, so far 73% of the population over the age of 12 have been vaccinated with the third dose. However, only 22% of Peruvians have the four doses obligatory.
The National Center for Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control (CDC Peru) from Ministry of Health pointed out that the regions Arequipa, Loreto, Cusco and the metropolis of Lima show an increase in cases of COVID-19[feminine] for at least three consecutive weeks.
In Metropolitan Lima, the increase occurs in the four DIRIS, mainly in the districts of Ate, Breña, Carabayllo, Chorrillos, Comas, Independencia, Jesús María, La Molina, La Victoria, Pueblo Libre, Rímac, San Borja, San Isidro, San Juan from Lurigancho, San Juan de Miraflores, San Martín de Porres, San Miguel, Santiago de Surco, Surquillo, Villa El Salvador and Villa María del Triunfo; while in Callao, in the districts of Callao and Ventanilla.
Despite what the Minister said, Health Director Félix Palomo Luyo announced the start of the fifth wave of the Covid-19 in Lima regiongiven the increase in positive cases detected in recent days, for the population to take precautions.
“Seeing the theme of epidemiological advancewe announce the start of a fifth wave. This announcement is made to keep the prognoses of the case and that our population benefits from the relevant care, ”he said at a press conference.