Coronavirus in Perú
Apparently Peru’s response was right on time, as it was the first country in Latin America to respond with a lockdown. However the problem seems to be people’s behaviour since they don’t respect the law.
Many people living in Lima had to fleed the capital to their rural home towns on foot as the lockdown left them jobless, and that’s the main reason why people don’t respect the lockdown.
In addition, next week would be the end of the mandatory isolation imposed by the government, so that COVID-19 does not spread any more. However, this could be extended if the rate of infection and death continues to rise dramatically.
Worldwide deaths has exceed 360,000 and more than 4 million people have been infected, while some 2.6 million have recovered.Looking at the other side of the coin, there are those who have recovered and 278,698 patients have been discharged.
Should I travel to Perú?
World travelers should be aware of the virus, stay away from heavily impacted areas, and exercise the same types of preventive methods you would use to avoid the flu and other diseases.
The spread of the coronavirus in Peru is making travelers around the world nervous. Health authorities are calling for caution.
You should also know that travelers with symptoms of coronavirus traveling from a high-risk area will be evaluated for possible transfer to a local hospital for further examination.
Travelers stayed in Perú
After the declaration of the State of Sanitary Emergency by the Peruvian State, in the midst of the fight against the coronavirus, thousands of national and foreign tourists could not leave Cusco, being stranded due to the order of immobility and isolation.
The first to be helped were the Israeli visitors, then the Americans, Mexicans, French and so almost all travelers who were not able to leave before the closure of borders were taken to the city of Lima by air or land, where they were reached by flights sent by their countries.
The good news is that 95% of tourists have already been evacuated from Cusco, leaving a small group that will be moved in the next few days. Many of the tourists who traveled from Cusco to Lima have already flown out of Peru on their way home.
Is there a case of coronavirus in Cusco?
The cases of covid 19 in Cusco have risen to 1,146 cases, we believe that tourists will still not be able to travel to Peru at least until July, September, as long as the cure is discovered.
Your should know Covid-19 is so dangerous for older adults, older people and people with chronic illness are at greater risk, and others with with heart, lung, and immunological conditions.
Is it safe to travel to Machu Picchu?
The state of emergency has since been extended until Tuesday 30 June 2020. Conditions are expected to return to normal on July 1, 2020, as it is believed that the spread of the virus can be better controlled at that time.
However Machu Picchu and other archaeological sites will reopen to tourists on July 1 offering free admission in a bid to to boost their tourism industry, for children, teenagers, and seniors coming from Peru or any country, visitors will have to comply with the protocols and safety instructions established by the Ministry of Health (Minsa) to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, this idea is frightening for many because there is no vaccine yet. However, what is amazing is that in Machu Picchu not a single infected person has been reported so far, until now Aguas Calientes town has been the safest place in Cusco. We think that maybe not for July but for September we will have visitors, since many visitors have postponed their trips for the end of the year 2020 and for the beginning of 2021. The Peruvian government is already working on the security measures to be taken during the visit to this 7th world wonder.
Recommendations For Travelers Visiting Peru
We suggest travelers to take precautions during their trip to Peru or any other tourist destination.
- Avoid any kind of physical contact, put distance between you and others if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at greater risk of getting sick.
- Wash your hands constantly, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Don’t travel to another country if you’re sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick during your trip.