The government of Peru set up a commission to investigate the failure to update the death toll from COVID-19 in the Latin American country after the executive announced that the number exceeded more than 67,000 to 180,000 after a review Has.
The ministerial decision, already tabled by Health Minister Óscar Ugarte, was published in a special edition of El Peruano on Tuesday evening and stated that the death register of COVID-19 will be immediately available in accordance with the methodology adopted by the National Center for Epidemiology, Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) used or suggested by the Department of Health.
The working group consists of two representatives from the Ministry of Health, one of whom is chair, as well as a representative from the Vice Ministry of Public Health, a representative from the General Secretariat and the Executive Director of the Transparency and Anti-Corruption Office.
“Their function is to prepare a report that includes the results of the investigation that is to be conducted on the facts related to the failure to update the death register due to COVID-19,” the resolution collected by the RPP station reads. The report must be generated within 15 days.
The Peruvian government announced Monday that the country’s death toll from COVID-19 is 180,764, far from the 67,807 recorded to date. Ugarte stated that the report did not say that “there are more deaths than there have been”, but that “a significant number of deaths have not been classified as caused by COVID-19”. For their part, the Peruvian health authorities have reported more than 1.8 million infected people.