Peru extends COVID state of emergency until end of August

Peru extends COVID state of emergency until end of August

Peru extended the state of emergency linked to the coronavirus until the end of August, which allows the government to impose restrictions in order to contain infections.
Acting President Francisco Sagasti and his government’s resolution on Sunday extended the order, which was due to be lifted on July 31, until the end of next month.

This means that restrictions, including a nighttime curfew in place since March of last year, would continue.

Peru has struggled to contain the increase in coronavirus cases and deaths in recent months, with the country recording more than 2.07 million infections and more than 193,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, data shows from Johns Hopkins University.

“Almost all Peruvians know someone who has died of COVID,” Cesar Carcamo, an epidemiologist at Cayetano Heredia University, Peru’s main medical school, told Al Jazeera in May.

At the end of this month, the country adjusted its coronavirus death toll, giving it the highest per capita death rate in the world.

The government ran a 36-hour coronavirus vaccine campaign over the weekend in an effort to fully immunize Peruvians, and hundreds of people lined up in the capital, Lima, to get vaccinated.

“The vaccine protects us but also the vaccine will allow us to gradually continue to resume activities that we have not been able to do for more than a year since we took care of ourselves during the pandemic”, declared Violeta Bermudez. , president of the council of ministers.

Local resident Raul Figueroa said he felt better with two doses of the vaccine. “You can work serenely and [our personal] economy [can get] a little better ”when fully vaccinated, Figueroa said.

“Because economically it is the poorest who suffer, not the rich, the poorest [are suffering].  »

Peru remains in political uncertainty as the country’s electoral body has yet to officially confirm the results of the hotly contested presidential elections last month.

Left-wing teachers’ union leader Pedro Castillo won 50.12% of the vote, some 44,000 more than his rival, right-wing Keiko Fujimori.

But Fujimori, the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori, insisted without evidence that the polls were tainted with fraud.

She contested thousands of ballots, which are currently being examined by an electoral jury. The result of this review is expected in the coming days.

International observers said no serious irregularities took place during the election.

Fujimori told supporters on Saturday that “we will not accept” what she called “fraud”.

“During these weeks we have seen so many allegations of irregularities and they want to hastily publish a result,” she said at a meeting in Lima.

Hundreds of supporters of the two candidates have moved to the Peruvian capital to “defend” their voices.


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