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Peruvian president criticizes use of pandemic for profit

Christian Fernsby |
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra criticized the use for profit of the coronavirus pandemic, which has registered 4,284 cases and 137 deaths in 24 hours, totaling 83,198 and 5,031, respectively.

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At the same time, Vizcarra announced a decree declaring to produce medicinal oxygen and supply it to hospitals as a high priority and announcing measures to make it effective, in view of the shortage, hoarding and speculation of prices of the important medical supply, which becomes scarce in hospitals.

Upon noting that oxygen is essential to care for patients with the coronavirus, Vizcarra deplored that the same is currently happening with other medicines used to treat these patients.

The president also referred to complaints from the Office of the Comptroller General of Peru, a legislator and the press, about private clinics that, in addition to charging excessive amounts to treat coronavirus patients, have high rates of molecular diagnostic tests for the disease, despite that the state National Health Institute produces them at no cost, so that the government ordered an investigation.

Vizcarra confirmed the second phase of the economic revival, previously announced by Economy Minister Maria Antonieta Alva, during a meeting with the foreign press.

The president affirmed that the new phase will generate 500,000 jobs, although Minister Alva told the foreign press that during the stoppage due to the general lockdown started on March 15, about 1,200,000 jobs were lost in Lima and two million throughout the country.

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