In the image, COVID-19 patients receive oxygen inside their vehicles, in the emergency area of ​​the Honorio Delgado Regional Hospital in the city of Arequipa. . / Jorge Esquivel
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Lima, Jul 28 . .- Peru registered 395,005 COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, after reaching a new record of 5,288 cases in the last hours, although the number of hospitalizations for the disease fell to 13,408 patients.
The increase in cases in Peru coincides with the start of a week of school vacations and the holiday for the anniversary of independence, which was celebrated this Tuesday, although most places of recreation are closed to avoid the concentration of people.
Precisely, to encourage economic recovery after the 130-day quarantine, the government authorized this month the restart of inter-provincial trips, customer service in restaurants and visits to museums, among other activities.
According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health, the number of hospitalized patients fell by 42, since Monday, and the number of interns in intensive care units also decreased by 16, totaling 1,423 nationwide.
At the start of the pandemic, Peru had around 1,000 beds for hospitalization in the country and 100 in intensive care, where patients can be connected to mechanical ventilators.
However, the government of President Martín Vizcarra has managed to increase hospital beds to 18,000 and intensive care beds to 1,500, although the goal is for them to reach 3,000 next year, according to the president in the message to the nation offered this Tuesday before Congress.
The Lima region, in which the capital is located, has the highest number of infected in the country with 209,209 cases, followed by neighboring Callao with 20,841, and the northern Piura with 20,687 and Lambayeque with 16,815.
To date, 18,612 people have died from the coronavirus in the country, 194 of which occurred in the last 24 hours.
However, the death toll from Covid-19 is being analyzed by an expert committee to include in it the suspects of the disease, who did not have a confirmed diagnosis.
For its part, another 3,905 people were discharged since Monday, bringing the number of patients who recovered from the disease after following medical treatment to 276,452.
At the national level, the health authorities have carried out tests to discard Covid-19 on 2,270,717 people, 20,461 applied in the last hours.
With these figures, the number of active cases of Covid-19 rose to 99,941 in Peru, with more than a thousand compared to Monday.
On the other hand, a group of people carried out a march in the center of Lima to ask that the use of chlorine dioxide in the treatment against coronavirus be approved in the country.
The National Police dispersed the group, which did not have authorization to leave, with the use of tear gas and arrested some of its members.
According to local media reports, the protesters expressed their support for the World Health and Life Coalition (Comusav) and the German Andreas Kalcker, who promote this product, although the Peruvian Ministry of Health has discouraged its use as it is considered potentially fatal.