During the press conference held at noon, the Minister of Health, Hernando Cevallos He mentioned that there was a rebound in vaccination and that the country’s borders will not be opened due to the Omicron variant.
“We are in 66.5% of the population vaccinated with two doses of the target population and we hope to reach 70% in the next few days. But we do not trust ourselves in the face of the epidemiological situation that we have with this new variant that has alarmed the world”, He warned.
“The decision has been made, for now, not to open the borders of Peru as planned. Neighboring countries made the decision before us “,
In the case of internal transport, following the same line, he mentioned that the domestic transport, both land and air, the double vaccination certificate is mandatory to move in our country. This information will be available in the next 24 or 48 hours, so that the population is aware of all this.
The provisions scheduled to start on December 15 will be brought forward to the 10th of this month. Which are:
First of all, those over 18 will be required to present their physical or virtual card proving that they have completed their vaccination against COVID-19 to enter closed spaces.
In addition, companies will be able to operate in person, only if all their workers certify their complete vaccination against the coronavirus.
Finally, drivers and collectors of all public transport services, as well as drivers who provide delivery services, may work only if they prove their full dose of vaccination.
COUNTRIES THAT CLOSED THEIR BORDERS FOR THE NEW VARIANT
The omicron variant and potentially the most contagious, continues to spread throughout the world after its epicenter in southern Africa was reported and with a new, increasingly widespread border closure, a disturbing situation, but in the face of which the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has asked not to “panic.”
BIDEN ASKS NOT TO ENTER “IN PANIC”
Israel was the first country in the world to impose a strict border closure to shield itself from the omicron, of which there is already two confirmed cases in the country, a good number of countries have joined the decision to apply restrictive access criteria, especially for travelers from southern Africa.
Given this, the president of EE.UU., Joe Biden, considered today that the omicron variant “is cause for concern, but not for panic,” for which he assured that experts do not consider that “additional measures” are necessary in the country.
In an intervention from the White House accompanied by the chief epidemiologist of the US Government, Antony Fauci, Biden remarked that the United States is in a “better situation” than Christmas last year, and urged citizens to seek the reinforcement dose of the vaccines available in the country, although he recognized that it is “almost inevitable” that “at some point” the new variant reaches the United States.
As of today, the US has imposed restrictions on travelers from South Africa and seven other southern African countries.
CANADA ANNOUNCES TWO OMICRON CASES, WHICH WOULD BE THE FIRST IN AMERICA
Canada, for its part, it announced the detection of two confirmed cases of the omicron variant in its territory, which would be the first two reported in America.
The health authorities of the Canadian province of Ontario reported this Monday at a press conference that these two cases, detected in Ottawa, are two individuals who arrived in the country from Nigeria.
In addition, two other people in the town of Hamilton, about 60 kilometers southwest of Toronto, are suspected of being infected with the omicron variant.
Canada on Friday banned foreigners from seven southern African countries from entering the country, not including Nigeria.
The nations affected by the decision are South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini.
CHINA WILL FACILITATE ONE BILLION DOSES TO AFRICA
Chinese President Xi Jinping said today that his country will provide Africa with one billion doses of vaccines to combat COVID-19 on the continent.
Xi made the announcement at the telematic opening of the eighth ministerial conference of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which seeks to strengthen relations between the two parties and which is held in Dakar until Tuesday.
“To contribute to the achievement of the goal set by the African Union of vaccinating 60% of the African population against covid-19 by 2022, here I am announcing that China will provide Africa with one billion additional doses of vaccines”, said the Chinese president, who specified that this offer implies “600 million in the form of donations and 400 million in other forms as joint production between Chinese companies and concerned African countries.”
What’s more, “China will carry out ten health projects for African countries and send 1,500 medical professionals and experts in public health”stressed Xi, whose country assures that it has supplied, to date, about 200 million doses to fifty countries of the African Union.