A 64-year-old Hong Kong tourist is among the five new deaths in Peru from the COVID-19 coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 16 in the country from this pandemic.

A new report from the Ministry of Health detailed that the man, from Hong Kong, presented a picture of COVID-19 infection and that his death occurred in Cusco in the early hours of Friday.

The tourist arrived in Cusco with his wife and had no symptoms of the coronavirus, but he complied with the social isolation ordered by the Government from March 16 at his lodging, where he died on Friday without having gone to any medical center, according to media reports. in that city.

To clarify his death, local authorities ordered the discard of COVID-19, which tested positive for the virus.

This is the second case of death of a tourist in the imperial city of Cusco, given that a Mexican citizen also died in this Andean city in the last week.

The other four Peruvian cases of death reported by the Ministry of Health are from a 50-year-old man in the city of Chiclayo, who died Thursday of acute respiratory failure and pneumonia.

The death of two men, 66 and 43 years old, in Lima hospitals due to sepsis, pneumonia, acute respiratory failure and obesity, who died between Thursday and Friday, respectively, is also counted.

Likewise, a 60-year-old woman who died on Friday at the Alberto Sabogal hospital in Callao from septic shock, respiratory failure and pneumonia.

As of Friday, the number of cases of COVID-19 infection in Peru amounted to 635 people, of whom 79 are hospitalized, 21 of them in intensive care and 19 of these with mechanical ventilation.

Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra said on Friday that the disease “is increasing, but within the parameters” that the authorities had considered.

To prevent the contagion curve from continuing to rise, the Government decided to extend the quarantine and curfew in the country until April 12, inclusive, in addition to approving a series of economic measures to help the most vulnerable population and small businesses .

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