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Peru keeps flights from South Africa suspended

Lima, Sep 15 (EFE) .- Peru will keep commercial flights with South Africa suspended, after the Government extended this measure for two more weeks to reduce the risk of spreading in its territory of the variant of the covid-19 that emerged in the African country.

Through a ministerial resolution published this Wednesday in the official newspaper El Peruano, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) extended until September 30 the suspension of passenger flights from South Africa.

With this preventive measure, the Executive seeks to prevent the spread of covid-19 and consolidate the current downward trend of the contagion curve in the Andean country, which in the last 24 hours added 520 new cases and 11 deaths from the disease .

Currently, South Africa is the only country with which Peru has restricted commercial flights, after the suspension of air connections with Brazil and India was lifted on September 4, where outbreaks of new variants of coronavirus were also registered.

Despite the precautions taken to avoid the arrival of new variants, Peru is aware of the presence of four of them: the dominant one is the C.37, also called Andean, but the British, the Brazilian and the Indian also circulate.

RULES TO ENTER

To enter Peru by air, the health authorities ask passengers to present a negative molecular or antigen test for covid-19, although those under 12 years of age and those who have suffered the disease in the last three months are exempt from this.

Molecular test results must have been issued up to 72 hours prior to shipment, while antigen test results may be valid for up to 24 hours.

In addition, an affidavit of health and permanent use of the double mask are required throughout the flight.

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