The Peruvian Authorities Announced The Beginning Of A Phased Resumption Of Economic Activity
Economic activity in Peru will begin to resume in stages in May, according to the announcement of the President of the country, Martin Vizcarra.
"We need to resume some activities to restore jobs for the population," the politician said during a press conference broadcast on the Facebook page of the administration of the head of state. "The relevant decree [of the Council of Ministers] is supported by studies implying the restoration of activity in four stages."
The President also explained that it is planned to start implementing this plan in May and complete it in August, with each stage lasting a month. "This time will allow us to ensure adequate control when resuming activities," said Vizcarra and stressed that a fundamental decision on this matter has already been made. According to the head of state, on Tuesday, the authorities together with representatives of political, economic, and social associations will discuss the details of the plan. It is assumed that appropriate protocols will be developed first.
In mid-March, Vizcarra declared a state of emergency in the country in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, which involves closing state borders and banning businesses from operating. Later, the Republic's leadership decided to impose a curfew throughout its territory to prevent the spread of infection and extended the state of emergency until May 10.
According to the Ministry of Health, 355,604 tests for coronavirus were conducted in the country, of which 42,534 tested positive. 1,200 people died, more than 5,000 are in hospitals, and 12,434 patients recovered.