Virus: Peru decrees containment during Easter week

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Lima | Peru will close its businesses and suspend air and land transport during Easter week, as part of a national containment intended to fight the coronavirus epidemic, the government announced on Wednesday.

“On the occasion of the four days of Holy Week (Easter), a quarantine will be decreed. The aim is to avoid the influx of people, ”the President of the Council of Ministers, Violeta Bermúdez, told reporters.

The movement of the population will be allowed only on foot or by bicycle, and exclusively for the purchase of essential goods, according to the authorities.

Businesses such as markets, pharmacies or banks will be the only ones to be authorized to open, between April 1 and 4. The suspension of air and ground transport will be effective from April 1 to 3.

The curfew will remain in force, as will the ban on meetings to prevent population regrouping.

Peru has recorded some 49,500 deaths from the coronavirus, and 1.4 million cases.