According to the Peru Public Gazette, data released by the Peruvian Ministry of Health on the 18th local time showed that 7,131 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed compared with the previous report, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,704,757. There were 433 new deaths in a single day, and a total of 57,230 deaths.

The first batch of 276,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Lima, capital of Peru, Wednesday, and was welcomed by Peruvian President Francisco Rafael Sagasti Hochhausler.

President Sagasti announced that this is the second batch of vaccine to be obtained in Peru through the Covid-19 Vaccine Implementation Plan (COVAX) and will mainly be used to vaccinate people over the age of 80 outside Lima.

The President pointed out that Peru will also receive 1.09 million doses of vaccine from the Covax program in May, plus the expected 2.8 million doses of Pfizer vaccine, allowing the current government to vaccinate all the elderly before the end of its term.

As of April 17, 693,427 people in Peru had received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Health reported.

On the same day, the Peruvian government issued a supreme decree requiring the use of masks and face masks in supermarkets, shopping malls and department stores from April 19 to May 9 in areas of “extremely high” risk of the epidemic.

Previously, the government adjusted the risk level of various regions in Peru. Forty-one regions, including the capital Lima, will redefined as the “extremely high” risk zone. From April 19 to May 9, there will be a curfew, a mandatory quarantine on Sundays and a ban on the circulation of private cars.