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Peru wary of potential second wave of COVID-19

Xinhua
23 Sep 2020, 09:18 GMT+10

LIMA, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Peru could potentially see a second wave of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks, so the public should not let down their guard, Deputy Minister of Public Health Luis Suarez warned on Tuesday.

Recent spikes in infections in countries such as Spain, Belgium and Italy are a wake-up call for countries in Latin America, he said.

"What they have seen in Europe is that between four to five months after the first epidemic peaks, they have real outbreaks or a second wave ... so it is not an isolated phenomenon, it is something that is commonly occurring," said Suarez.

"We cannot assure you that the same will not happen in Peru or other countries in the Americas," Suarez added.

Peru's number of COVID-19 cases has seen a sustained decline around the country, with a total of 772,896 people testing positive since the start of the outbreak, said Suarez.

According to the Ministry of Health, 622,418 former patients have recovered from the disease.

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