Peru entered into its fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic after
an increase of infectious cases in most regions in the past three
weeks, Peruvian Health Minister Kelly Portalatino said on Thursday,
A total of 6,541 new infections were detected, and nine deaths
were reported between Tuesday and Wednesday. Since the start of the
pandemic, Peru has had a total of 4,252,383 cases and 217,414
deaths, according to a report on Wednesday by the health
“According to the criteria of the National Center for
Epidemiology, this increase can be called a fifth wave …
estimated to be of lesser magnitude than the previous ones,” said
Cesar Munayco, director of the National Center for Epidemiology,
Prevention and Disease Control.
He indicated that the hike in infections has been “very rapid
and sustained,” leading to a rise in hospitalizations and a “much
more moderate” increase in deaths due to the pandemic.
Health authorities pointed out that the new wave is mainly
driven by the BA.5 sub-lineages of the Omicron variant.