LIMA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Peru's President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday announced a partial return to stay-at-home measures after health authorities detected a new spike in novel coronavirus infections.
"As of this Sunday, we are going to go back to mandatory staying at home on Sundays. We want and think it is preferable to go back one step, just Sundays, to ... later recover the conditions that we all would like to have," said Vizcarra.
He also announced localized lockdown measures in 34 provinces around the country, including parts of the capital Lima, where the most number of COVID-19 cases have been registered.
Police are set to enforce the measures after Peru began to register an increase in the number of daily cases of infection, with a record 8,466 cases reported on Aug. 7.
Minister of Health Pilar Mazzetti blamed the spike in cases on people failing to social distance when visiting family and friends.
According to the Ministry of Health, Peru has seen a total of 489,680 cases of infection and 21,501 deaths from COVID-19.