Coronavirus: Peru confirms its first case of covid-19


The president of Peru, Martín Vizcarra announced on Friday the first case of coronavirus in the South American country.
Coronavirus: Peru confirms its first case of covid-19

The president of Peru, Martín Vizcarra announced on Friday the first case of coronavirus in the South American country.

Peru: - In a press conference at the Government Palace, the head of state reported that the affected is a 25-year-old man who recently traveled to Spain, France and the Czech Republic.
"Today I must report that in the early hours of the morning, the first case of COVID-19 coronavirus infection in our country has been confirmed in a 25-year-old male patient with a history of having been in Spain, France and the Czech Republic," Vizcarra reported.
The president, accompanied by the Minister of Health, Elizabeth Hinostroza, said that his government has arranged "all necessary measures" to address the situation.
"The Minsa (Ministry of Health) leads a strategy in Lima and throughout the country that articulates with the health sector, the Armed Forces and private institutions and clinics," he said.
The president added that a plan for preparing and responding to the disease has been established and that protocols in airports and maritime terminals were activated.
"All these measures have the support of the National Health Council. This is a situation that we must assume with great serenity, (...) we are calm and trust our health system," he said.
With the announcement by President Martín Vizcarra, Peru joins the list of seven Latin American countries that have already confirmed the presence of the new coronavirus.
In the region, the first case occurred in Brazil in February, followed by Mexico shortly thereafter.


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