COVID-19 pandemic in Peru

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COVID-19 pandemic in Peru
COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in Peru.svg
Departments with confirmed coronavirus cases      Confirmed 1–9     Confirmed 10–59     Confirmed 60–99     Confirmed 100–299
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China via Czech Republic, France and Spain
Index caseLima
Arrival date6 March 2020
(4 months and 4 weeks)
Confirmed cases76,306
Severe cases6,979 (hospitalized)
806 (ICU)
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic was reported to have spread to Peru on 6 March 2020 when a 25-year-old man who had travelled to Spain, France and the Czech Republic tested positive.[1]

On 15 March 2020, President Martín Vizcarra announced a country-wide lockdown, closing borders, slowing down domestic travel, and ending nonessential business, except health facilities, food vendors, pharmacies, and financial institutions.

Peru, with a total population of 32 million,[2] has a total of 500 intensive care unit (ICU) beds available as of April 2020,[3] and is working on expanding its nation-wide ventilator system from 40 to 540 machines within the coming months.

The engineering and production is supplied by the Peruvian military.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Peru records first confirmed case of coronavirus, President Vizcarra says". Reuters. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 6 March 2020 – via
  2. "Peru Population (2020) – Worldometer". Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  3. PERÚ, Empresa Peruana de Servicios Editoriales S. A. EDITORA. "Peru President implements further restrictions on circulation to curb COVID-19". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-04-05.
  4. World, Republic. "Peru manufactures respirators for virus patients". Republic World. Retrieved 2020-04-05.