Peru’s health ministry reported 190 new Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 6,498.

The health ministry also reported 4,383 new confirmed cases, bringing Peru’s total number of cases to 225,132.

Peru has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Latin America, following Brazil, which has 850,514 — just behind the US.

Latin America is now the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

Peru was one of the first nations in the region to take strict preventative measures, such as stay-at-home orders, curfews and border closings. 

But it also shares some of the weaknesses of its neighbors. Lockdown measures failed to hold. Many of Peru’s poor have no choice but to venture outside their homes for work, food or financial transactions, leading to crowding in markets, on public transport and outside banks. 

Peru has historically spent less than the 6% of GDP on public health recommended by PAHO, according to an official at the Pan American Health Organization, despite efforts to dedicate more resources to the sector in recent years. The country spent 3.165% of GDP on public health in 2017, according to the World Bank. 

Peru also has under two hospital beds per 1,000 people, and oxygen is in short supply.

Source: CNN News

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