The President of the United States, Donald Trump, offered help this Saturday to his Peruvian counterpart, Martín Vizcarra, to face the coronavirus pandemic and praised the “bravery” and “firmness” of the Peruvian people to curb the contagion of COVID- 19, the White House reported in a statement.
The two leaders spoke on the phone this Saturday and, during the call, Trump recognized “the immense challenge that Peru faces regarding the coronavirus pandemic, and praised the courage and firmness of the Peruvian people in their determination to reduce the incidence of the virus. in his country”.
Also, the US president offered ” assistance to support Peru’s medical needs,” according to the White House, which did not offer further details on what type of aid was offered to Peru and whether Vizcarra accepted the offer.
Since the coronavirus crisis began, the United States It has offered more than 900 million international aid to 120 countries, businesses and civil society organizations, according to figures from the State Department, which has not specified which nations have received its assistance.
Likewise, Trump expressed his gratitude to Vizcarra for having been a “firm defender of the return of democracy in Venezuela and for defending freedom throughout the region.”
The Government of Peru, as part of the Lima Group, has been pressing for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Venezuela, where opposition leader Juan Guaidó proclaimed himself interim president of the country and demands the departure from power of Nicolás Maduro, head of Been since 2013.
The USA and Peru have a good bilateral relationship marked by issues such as the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and corruption, as well as the protection of human rights.
In Peru, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health issued on Friday, the number of coronavirus cases has risen to 61,847, of which 6,155 are hospitalized, while the number of deceased rose to 1,714.
This same Friday, Vizcarra announced the extension of the state of emergency until May 24.
The validity of the quarantine expired next Sunday, May 10, but as the contagion curve kept rising, several ministers of State, such as those of Defense and the Interior, announced that it should be extended above all due to the percentage of non-compliance with the measures 40% of the population in some regions.
This decision collides with requests from business associations and analysts, who advocated raising the demand for compulsory social isolation to avoid an even greater disaster for the economy.