LIMA, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Peru has relaxed newborn registration rules as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic made it harder for parents to comply with regulations, the head of the National Identification and Civil Status Registry (Reniec), Jorge Puch, said on Thursday.
"The pandemic has led us to modify all the procedures and regulations required," Puch told state news agency Andina.
Some 200,000 children have not been registered since March 16, when lockdown measures to contain the outbreak were first implemented, estimated Puch.
The new rules no longer require the presence of the newborns, and appointments can be made online to avoid lines and minimize the potential of spreading the disease.
Normally, the Reniec registers some 40,000 births a month, but since the pandemic began, parents have stopped going to the agency, he said.
The Peruvian government this week began to ease lockdown restrictions to facilitate economic and productive activities.