After the World Health Organization declared an international health emergency due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, certain travel destinations in Asia and Europe, such as China, Italy, or Iran, have been set the highest travel warning for travelers. Although infection cases have been reported in Brazil, no actual presence of the COVID-19 has been officially reported in Peruvian territory, ensuring your next Inca Trail luxury trip by March 3rd.
Development of Coronavirus in Peru
The World Health Organization was informed first on 31 December 2019 of a new virus from the family of Coronaviruses in Wuhan City, in China. Seven days later, the WHO made public the identification of the 2019-nCoV. On January 11, the first victim of this infection died in mainland China. After the virus was cataloged as a global emergency by the WHO, several contagions were confirmed from Spain to the UAE to Singapore. Brazil announced the first case of Coronavirus in South America on February 26th, and Peru reports its first suspicious case the next day. By February 29th, 54 suspects of the virus were tested, and all of them resulted in negative.
Up to March 2020, the Ministry of Health in Peru informed the Coronavirus test results on three travelers from China suspects of the infection were negative, ensuring the safety of current travelers in the Inca Trail and countrywide.
Official Measures for COVID-19 in Peru
Since January 31st, the government announced official measures to strengthen surveillance protocols and the response to the global emergency. Five hospitals in Lima have set specialized quarantine rooms as well as decentralized laboratories in the Instituto Nacional de Salud.
On Tuesday, February 25th, the Minister of Health in Peru, Elizabeth Hinostrosa announced that detection strategies have been improved for detecting possible infections in traveler high-density places such as airports or bus stations. Furthermore, controls applied to visitors arriving from affected countries have been reinforced.
In addition, the government has been leading training sessions for airlines in the identification of suspicious travelers arriving at airports countrywide. This ensures that access to foreign travelers will not be restricted, as borders will remain open for visitors.
On March 3rd, two Peruvian travelers arriving from Italy and one from French citizens in Cusco, as well as a child from Italy in Iquitos are suspicious of carrying the virus. Quarantine rooms are already set in major hospitals in Cusco and contingence actions have been taken in the Velazco Astete Airport.
As the virus spread, the WHO stated that restricting international traffic is ineffective according to evidence. Therefore, you can safely have a luxury Inca Trail in Peru. However, if you have been in affected areas, you should refrain from traveling.
Coronavirus Protection during your Trip to Latin America
The following information about basic prevention and protection against COVID-19 is officially provided on the website of the WHO.
- Wash your hands regularly. Use soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
- Maintain social distance. Keep a distance of 3 feet (1 meter) of anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. The virus and enter your body by contaminated hands.
- Follow good respiratory hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with your belt elbow when you cough or sneeze.
- If you feel unwell, stay home. In case of fever, cough and difficult breathing, seek medical advice immediately.
- Stay informed about the latest developments on the COVID-19.
You can read further on the official WHO site. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
Source: Diario Gestion