Peru declares state of emergency, closes borders over coronavirus

# 09:10
16 March 2020

A state of emergency has been imposed in Peru over the novel coronavirus outbreak which includes closing the country's borders, Peru's President Martin Vizcarra said on Sunday, APA reports citing TASS.

"In the Council of Ministers, we have unanimously approved a decree that imposes a state of emergency in the country over serious circumstances linked to the coronavirus, which affect life of the nation," Vizcarra said. "Full border closure is announced during the state of emergency," he added noting that this will last for 15 days.

A total of 71 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in Peru so far.