After a coronavirus outbreak was reported in the Wholesale Fruit Market of La Victoria, where 79% of its traders have been infected, the authorities decided to close it from noon on Saturday to midnight on Monday, May 18, in order to carry out disinfection tasks. The market will reopen its doors to the public on Tuesday 19.
The decision was made at a meeting attended by representatives of the Ministries of Health, Housing, Production, Agriculture and Interior, plus the Mayor of La Victoria, George Forsyth, and leaders of the market's traders.
The Ministry of Defense reported via Twitter that the leaders promised to take a COVID-19 test and that only those with negative results will go back to the market on Tuesday.
The Peruvian government's strategy in the ninth week of the state of emergency is focused on controlling the outbreaks of contagion: markets, banks and public transport. For this reason, the municipality of Metropolitan Lima has approved the guidelines for the safe operation of the municipal markets of the District of Lima. For example, the document makes temperature controls at the entrance of any market compulsory, and no person with 38 °C or more will be allowed in the premises.
On Thursday, May 14, the Ministry of Health inspected four other markets in Lima and Callao and found that more than 330 traders had been infected with COVID-19.