By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Peru’s Ministry of Health (Minsa) is now reporting 607,382 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the sixth highest count in the world, of which 414,577 people have completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
The country’s death toll has reached 28,001, the 9th most globally.
The health ministry also announced they have exceeded the 3 million tests taken to rule out COVID-19, a number that is equivalent to 9.1% of the country’s total population having been screened.
With the 3,032,744 tests taken, Peru ranks 18th in the world in terms of the countries that have applied the most tests, according to the worldometer information page that collects official information from around the world.
According to the same source, at the Latin American level, Peru is the second most active country in the application of these tests, behind Brazil, which has passed 14 million tests, and ahead of Colombia, which has carried out 2.5 million tests.
Governments of other countries and private companies have donated to Peru, through the Ministry of Health (Minsa), medical supplies valued at more than 3,133,235 dollars according to information from the General Office for International Technical Cooperation (OGCTI) of the Minsa.
Víctor Cuba Oré, director general of the OGCTI, specified that, in total, there are 19 delivery processes channeled to the Minsa, supplies that after arriving in the country are distributed to all health facilities in the country.
Notable donations include those made by the National Confederation of Private Business Institutions (Confiep) consisting of 125 non-invasive mechanical ventilators and 1,320 high pressure oxygen cylinders, which, in value, represents 45% of the total.
Other entities have donated personal protective equipment such as medical masks, protective clothing; medications for COVID-19 patients; tests or supplies for tests to detect coronavirus; and medical equipment.
Donors include, in addition to Confiep, the embassies of the Russian Federation, India, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and France.
Medical supplies have also been provided by the Zall Welfare Federation – China, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day, Doctors Without Borders – Spain, Tzu Chi Foundation – China, Gencurix, LS Nikko Cooper, Temasek- Singapore, the Swedish NGO Drive for Health, United Nations High Commissioner- Acnur, Ares Trading- Uruguay, Jubilant Hollisterie and Ozakidetza-Spain.
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