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The Ministry of Health issues an epidemiological alert due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Peru | News | ANDEAN

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) issued an epidemiological alert on Sunday due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and warned that the emergence of the new Omicron lines, BA.4 and BA.5, would alter the epidemiological dynamics of the infection being spread across the country.

Minsa reported that an increase in cases has been observed in the districts of Metropolitan Lima since Epidemiological Week (EW) 14-2022, and the percentage of isolation of BA.4 and BA.5 lineages was higher in over the past four EWs, especially in the last one, which has seen a higher number of coincidental infections.

The government department said a steady increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases has been observed nationwide, rising from 1,813 (EW 14-2022) to 11,177 (EW 23-2022) cases concentrated in metropolitan Lima. .

Likewise, an increase in infections has been recorded in the regions of Ancash, Arequipa, Callao, Cusco, Junin and La Libertad since EW 19-2022, while in Ica, Lambayeque, Lima, Moquegua, Pasco, Piura and Tacna , the increase was observed since EW 21-2022.

In this regard, Minsa urged public and private health institutions across the country to remain vigilant in order to detect positive cases in time, as well as to strengthen the national epidemiological surveillance system which will guarantee rapid investigation of cases.

The recommendations will be in force and updated according to the evolution of the acute phase of the current pandemic wave.

Finally, the Ministry of Health urged the population to continue to respect preventive measures against COVID-19.

These measures include wearing face masks (a KN95 mask or a surgical mask and a cloth mask over it), frequent hand washing, maintaining social distancing and good ventilation of spaces.

Moreover, he called on people to complete the vaccination program against COVID-19.

(FIN) KGR/RMB

Published: 06/26/2022