In terms of population, there is no country where more people die of corona than here.
In terms of population, there is no other country in the world where so many people die of the disease Covid-19 as in Peru. The South American country recently registered 98.6 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. This puts it in first place worldwide, ahead of Belgium, Bolivia and Spain.
Only the small state of San Marino in Italy has even more deaths in relation to its population – but with a total of just 42 victims.
To date, more than 821,000 people in Peru have been infected with the coronavirus and more than 32,000 patients have died of Covid-19. In South America, only the much larger Brazil is more affected by the pandemic.
Despite great efforts, the Peruvian government has not yet succeeded in reducing the infection figures. Right at the beginning of the pandemic, it imposed extensive curfews to slow down the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 virus. However, many people in the poor country simply cannot afford to stay at home. Around 70 percent of the working population in Peru is employed in the informal sector, which is a lot even by Latin American standards.
Now the government has tightened the rules once again: There is a complete curfew on Sundays, and family reunions are prohibited for the time being. In addition, an educational campaign with drastic slogans is to warn people of the danger posed by Covid-19. “If you absolutely have to go shopping with a friend, then take the chance and buy a grave site in the cemetery together,” one of the posters says.
— Hector Pascua, with reports from News Agencies and oe24.at. Picture: stockilyapp.com
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