Martin Vizcarra, who was banned from public office for alleged COVID sting, says he and his wife tested positive.
Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, who was banned from holding public office this month for allegedly queuing for a coronavirus vaccine last year, said he and his wife had positive COVID-19 tested.
Vizcarra tweeted on Sunday that the couple tested positive and are symptomatic “despite taking due care not to bring the virus home.”
“My family is taking the necessary isolation measures. Let’s not be on our guard, ”he said.
Vizcarra has been criticized for not wearing a mask or for failing to adhere to the rules of physical distancing to elect Peru’s next Congress and President during his pre-election campaign on April 11.
Earlier this year, he was embroiled in a “VIP vaccine” scandal in which several government ministers and officials received Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 shocks before they are publicly available.
Vizcarra denied any wrongdoing, saying he and his wife were vaccinated in October 2020 for volunteering to participate in a clinical trial.
However, the doctor in charge of the process denied this.
Dr. German Malaga testified in the Peruvian parliament in mid-February that Vizcarra had asked him for two vaccines and said Vizcarra knew that he and his wife would get the right vaccine.
On April 17, the Peruvian Congress banned the former president from holding public office for ten years because of the scandal.
Congress also banned former Health Secretary Pilar Mazzetti and former Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Astete from holding public office for eight and one year, respectively. Mazzetti and Astete both resigned because of the vaccination scandal.
According to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, Peru has reported at least 1.75 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 59,400 deaths since the pandemic began.
The country, like several others in Latin America, has seen a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths in recent weeks, prompting officials to take stricter public health measures.
People are waiting to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Lima, Peru on April 16 [Sebastian Castaneda/Reuters]The government passed a decree on Saturday requiring Peruvians to wear two masks from Monday in businesses such as grocery stores, malls and pharmacies, as well as in busy public areas. People are already required to wear plastic face protection.
Interim President Francisco Sagasti said Thursday that Peru was at the height of a second wave of the pandemic and ordered the distribution of free masks.
Mandatory Sunday quarantine has also been reintroduced in Lima, the capital, and in 41 of the country’s 196 provinces.
Peru has a presidential election in June, and voters will choose between leftist Pedro Castillo and conservative Keiko Fujimori.