New prime minister discards return to lockdown in Peru
Lima, Aug 7 (Prensa Latina) New Prime Minister Walter Martos discarded today a return to total lockdown due to the advance of Covid-19 and new confrontations with Parliament that vetoed his predecessor, neoliberal Pedro Cateriano.
'Returning to a strict lockdown would be complicated,' he said after being sworn in, amid the general demand of emergency measures and the request made by the Medical College and progressive Frente Amplio and Nuevo Peru of targeted lockdowns and epidemiological cordons in infested areas.
In spite of the fact that, before the end of the lockdown, which fully began on July 1, he was seemingly against this measure, he said that the lockdown that began in March was necessary and saved many lives. 'But that already passed. We have improved our inpatient response,' despite the fact that hospitals are swarmed with patients.
According to Martos, at present it is necessary to 'cope with the pandemic and also with the economic reactivation.'
The new head of Government discarded the purchase of medicinal oxygen plants, given the current dramatic shortage.
He also said that 'concrete, pragmatic, fast and effective' actions must be taken and that the campaign against Covid-19 needs intensive care doctors and epidemiology experts.
He said that his work will focus on the pandemic, economic reactivation and citizen security and that 'it is time to understand each other, to leave personal issues behind.'
On relations with the Congress of the Republic after the censorship of Cateriano, the new prime minister spoke out against the confrontation between the executive and legislative powers in the midst of the pandemic.
'We need the Executive and Parliament to be open. The two powers must not confront each other while people are dying, that would be greatly irresponsible,' he said.
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