"Infections have not slowed down and, unfortunately, COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 43.9 percent in the last week," Bermudez said.
Besides a curfew extending from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. from Monday to Friday and 24 hours on Sundays, restrictions in extreme risk zones include capacity reductions in supermarkets, pharmacies, and commercial establishments.
Restrictions will be in place from April 19 to May 9, and evaluations on provincial COVID-19 risk levels will be conducted every three weeks.
Person sleeps next to empty oxygen tanks while waiting for a refill near Lima, Peru.
Relatives of coronavirus patients are desperate for oxygen to keep their loved ones alive during a fierce second wave of the pandemic in Peru.