Coronavirus: Peru Extends Emergency, Indonesia Suspends Travel

  • The Peruvian president stressed that the country is now facing "the most complicated phase of the disease."
  • All air and sea transportation from Indonesia has been suspended, whether domestic or international. 
  • Malaysia announced the extension of lockdown measures across the country until May 12.

The President of Peru has extended the state of emergency in the country up to May 10, and also announced financial assistance to more than six million families. These measures are aimed at combating the coronavirus spread in the country. While making the announcement, the Peruvian president, Martin Vizcarra, stated that the curve was still rising and it was very appropriate to extend the state of emergency for another two weeks.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

“This disease forces us not to let our guard down and make decisions, always thinking about the sake of the country. The most important assets in the country are its people, the health of Peruvians, and the life of its population,” he said. The Peruvian president stressed that the country is now facing “the most complicated phase of the disease.”

One of the containment measures against COVID-19 in the country is the curfew, between 6:00 PM and 04:00 AM, in force throughout the country since March 16. In his speech, Vizcarra announced that the government will grant financial assistance to more than six million Peruvian families who lost income due to measures to contain the new coronavirus pandemic. On the other hand, Vizcarra has envisaged that some economic activities may be resumed as of May 4, namely restaurants with takeaway services.

Peru, which has 32 million inhabitants, has so far recorded 634 deaths and 21,648 cases of COVID -19.

Indonesia Suspends All Air and Sea Routes until Early June

Effective from today until the beginning of June, all air and sea transportation from Indonesia has been suspended, whether domestic or international. The flight ban is set to remain in effect up to June 1, with the exception of special trips designed to repatriate Indonesians or allow foreigners to return to their countries. This was announced by the country’s aviation authority director general, Novie Riyanto Rahardjo.

Indonesia has so far registered the highest number of deaths from COVID-19 in Southeast Asia. The Indonesian government imposed a partial quarantine in the most affected neighborhoods in Jakarta, and banned traditional travel by Muslims in the country during the celebration of Ramadan, which began today. As of Friday, there were 8,211 cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia and 689 deaths.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

For its part, the government of neighboring Malaysia announced the extension of lockdown measures across the country until May 12. The nation’s Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, made the announcement on Thursday. As per the country’s lockdown rules, hotels, markets, as well as petrol stations are only allowed to be in operation as from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

The nation’s government has also increased the number of roadblocks on its roads, and the police are keenly monitoring the movement of people. The government has implored it’s citizens to embrace the use of delivery options to purchase foodstuffs and minimize their contact with people delivering goods. The Prime Minister stated that any further extensions or relaxations of restrictions would be made following data provided by the Health Ministry. Malaysia has registered 5,691 cases of COVID-19, of which 96 have since died.

Globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has so far caused more than 195,000 deaths and infected more than 2.8 million people in 193 countries and territories. More than 776,000 patients have recovered. The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus, detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

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Vincent Ferdinand

News reporting is my thing. My view of what is happening in our world is colored by my love of history and how the past influences events taking place in the present time.  I like reading politics and writing articles. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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