Government of Peru issues emergency decree

The government of Peru issued an emergency decree to combat the growing coronavirus pandemic. The decree was published in the official government gazette, El Peruano.

There are 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Peru, according to data from the World Health Organization.

Data from the World Health Organization / Graph by Nathan Davis

The emergency decree authorizes more than 160 million soles, or roughly $45 million, to combat the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.

These funds will be used to, among other things, create a support network for vulnerable Peruvians, disinfect public transit, support the healthcare system, and provide bonuses for healthcare personnel.

Additionally the emergency decree provides a framework for most Peruvians to work remotely. Social distancing, including working from home, is critical to slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Lastly, the emergency decree grants subsidies for workers infected with COVID-19 through EsSalud, the national social security program.

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