Peru surpassed 10,000 coronavirus deaths Thursday, while hospitals were on the verge of collapse, a day after starting a gradual lack of control to reactivate its semi-paralyzed economy.

Deaths from COVID-19 rose to 10,045, an increase of 185 in the last 24 hours, while those infected rose to 292,004, after adding 3,527 new cases, according to the latest balance from the Ministry of Health. The recovered patients also increased and now are 182,097 (+3,852), but hospitals are saturated with 11,179 coronavirus patients, according to the balance that includes 99,862 active cases.

In the midst of the crisis, the Ministry of Health launched a call to hire 825 doctors and other professionals “for the prevention, care and control of the pandemic.” It is the second similar call since the health emergency was decreed on March 16.

Peru has overtaken Spain and Italy in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus and is in sixth place globally. In addition, it is the second country in Latin America in cases behind Brazil and third in total deaths, after the South American giant and Mexico.

The quarantine was lifted Wednesday in 18 of the 25 departments of Peru, including Lima, where the coronavirus is “descending”, according to the government, despite accumulating 70% of the country’s cases. With 10 million inhabitants, in the capital, famous for its chaotic traffic, buses and minibuses returned to circulate full of passengers, although all wear masks, as the government ordered. Confinement continues in seven regions, where six million of the 33 million Peruvians live.

President Martín Vizcarra asked Peruvians not to let their guard down, because “the virus continues in our midst.”