Perú COVID Update
April 1, 2022
The initial Omicron wave has passed and the BA2 Omicron variant has arrived but not in force, so Perú has a very low current COVID prevalence. Hospitals and ICUs are no longer struggling. Although public health restrictions are being lifted in a slow incremental fashion both nationally and regionally, they are still significantly more limiting than in the US. COVID data on the Ministry of Health website is up to date but much of it tends to be cumulative for the pandemic rather than a current snapshot. To their great benefit, a full 79% of Peruvians are fully vaccinated (as compared to the U.S. at 65%) with 37% boosted. Neither quarantine nor testing is required of international air travelers from the US if they document full vaccination status, the same required for domestic flights. Masking is required almost everywhere – including outdoors, either a KN-95 or double masking with fabric and a surgical mask. These are required to enter any building and even on the street. Many indoor spaces also require proof of vaccination, booster included for those over age 40. In summary, things are cautiously looking up with more modifications anticipated in a month. HBI travel has returned to normal within the above limitations and we’ve just begun to host North American partners. We’ll remain nimble with future changes inevitable.
A note about the daily case counts – the Peruvian government has stopped reporting daily cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 deaths. We will do our best to keep track of the changing severity and complexity of the pandemic in Perú. However, between our website updates – should you have any questions or want more information regarding HBI’s outreach efforts and response to the pandemic, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to track cases in Perú? Tracking cases in Perú is becoming more and more challenging. The best reference for data (although often delayed in reporting by up to 2 days) is the MINSA website. See: https://covid19.minsa.gob.pe/sala_situacional.asp
For information on the impact of the pandemic in other Latin America nations – check out the Council of the Americas website, although information is not updated everyday. Check out updates at: https://www.as-coa.org/articles/where-coronavirus-latin-america
For more information on HBI’s recommendations, please read the following briefing document from the Health Bridges Medical Director, Dr. Robert Gehringer. Please contact the Health Bridges team with questions about your planned service learning projects or travel with HBI.
General Information on Coronavirus and COVID-19
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Mass General Global Health (a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical school):
Pan-American Health Organization:
World Health Organization:
World Health Organization Situation Reports:
U.S. State Department Travel Advisories: