China News Service, January 19, According to Peru’s “Communication” report, the new crown epidemic data released by the Peruvian Ministry of Health on the 18th local time showed that there were 3,893 new confirmed cases of new crown pneumonia, of which 2534 were new in the past 24 hours. Another 1,359 is a supplement, with a total of 10688802 confirmed cases; the number of deaths per day is 60, and the total number of deaths is 38,931.

There are still 8,673 people hospitalized for treatment, and 984,726 have recovered.

  In the past three weeks, new confirmed cases in Peru doubled

  Since Peru confirmed the discovery of the mutant new coronavirus strain in the country, the number of new confirmed cases has been increasing every week.

  The Minister of Health of the country Masetti announced on the 8th that for the first time, a variant strain of the new coronavirus reported in the United Kingdom has been detected in Peru. This virus is more contagious. Since then, the number of new confirmed cases in Peru has increased. Doubled.

  Peru found 1688 new cases in the first week of January, 2244 cases in the second week, and 4246 new cases in the third week.

The increase in the number of confirmed cases is similar to the situation in May 2020.

  Another data showing the severity of the epidemic is that Peru’s current death rate from new coronary pneumonia is about 3%, the second highest death rate in Latin America.

 Nearly 300 critically ill patients waiting for ICU beds in Lima

  The President of the Peruvian Intensive Care Association, Jose Valverde, warned on January 18, 2021 that in Lima alone, there are 250 to 300 critically ill patients waiting for intensive care unit (ICU) beds.

Across the country, this number will reach 500.

  In an interview, Jose Valverde said that the current situation is beyond control. Due to the surge in the number of confirmed cases and hospitalized patients, hospital beds are in a hurry and there is a shortage of 600 ICU beds.

He emphasized that at least 3,200 beds are needed for ICU beds.

  He stated that he had opposed the dismissal of many medical staff from October to November 2020.

"The epidemic is not over. This human resource should be protected and trained to prepare for the second wave of the epidemic, but I don't know what's going on in Peru."

  Jose Valverde believes that the capital Lima should be divided into areas with "extremely high" epidemic risk. In addition, the number of young people infected and hospitalized during the second wave of the epidemic has surged, and the disease has deteriorated rapidly.

  Peru has signed an air transport agreement for Sinopharm's new crown vaccine

  On January 18, 2021, Health Minister Massetti reported that Peru has signed an air transport agreement for Sinopharm’s new crown vaccine.

  The Minister pointed out that according to the information provided by Sinopharm Group, the first batch of 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine is available for use. China is applying for an export license. At the same time, Peru has also received the first set of documents required by Sinopharm Group for health registration. All information will be shared in a few days.

  At present, officials and coordinators of the Ministry of Health have held a series of video conferences on the distribution of the new crown vaccine, and have put forward a strategy to give priority to health workers to vaccinate in Congress.

  Peruvian President Sagasti previously announced on January 6 that Peru has reached an agreement with China National Pharmaceutical Group to purchase the new crown inactivated vaccine developed by the group. The first batch of 1 million doses of vaccine will arrive in Peru at the end of January.