Peru enforcing lockdown by gender to curb coronavirus spread

Peru will begin restricting public movement by gender on Friday in an additional effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Following in Panama’s footsteps, the Peruvian government said it will only allow women out Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Men are permitted outside Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Everyone must stay home on Sunday, according to the BBC.

“The (existing) control measures have given good results, but not what was hoped for,” President Martín Vizcarra said, the outlet reported.

By enacting gender-based restrictions, he hopes that the restriction will halve the number of people out on any given day.

“We have to get fewer people on the streets every day,” Vizcarra added.

The new measures will be enforced by authorities, Interior Minister Carlos Morán warned.

“On Sunday everyone has to be at home,” he said, noting that all stores will be closed regardless. “No-one has justification for leaving,” according to the report.

The restrictions extend until April 12, when the original lockdown, imposed on March 16, is set to end. As of Thursday, over 1,400 people had tested positive for coronavirus and 55 people had died, according to the outlet.

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