Gender divide: Peru limits men and women to alternate days out to stall virus

LIMA (Reuters) – Amid a strict quarantine in Peru to slow the spread of a coronavirus pandemic, men and women will only be allowed to leave their homes on designed days divided up by gender, the country’s President Martin Vizcarra said on Thursday.

The South American country will impose a rule which means on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only men will be able to leave their homes to stock up. Women can go out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. No-one at all can leave home on Sunday.

    “We have to get fewer people to be on the streets every day,” Vizcarra said in a virtual news conference with his cabinet of ministers and experts.

Vizcarra said it was easier for security forces to monitor the circulation of men and women to enforce the quarantine order, rather than using serial numbers of identity documents to divide up days which some other countries have done.

    The president said that the new measure, which will be in place until April 12, would not impact people who have an emergency or are authorized to work during the quarantine, such as those in essential food production, pharmacies and banking institutions.

Peru has imposed tough measures to control the spread of coronavirus, although there have been a significant number of arrests for people breaking the quarantine. The country has recorded 1,414 confirmed cases with 55 deaths.

    “We have 10 days left. Let’s make this additional effort to get into this curve and we can have control of the evolution of this disease,” Vizcarra said.

Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Alistair Bell

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