Peru govt orders for total lockdown as COVID-19 deaths records at 10,000

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Peru government orders for total lockdown as COVID-19 deaths records at 10,000 said the Health Minister on Thursday.

The death rate rose to 10,045, with an increase of 185 in the last 24 hours, while the number of people infected rose to 292,004, the ministry said.

Peru is Latin America’s second worst-hit country after Brazil, where according to official figures more than 60,000 people have died from the disease.

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Peru’s victims include 71 health workers and 153 police officers, according to officials.

Among the latest of Peru’s victims is the leader of the Awajun indigenous people, Santiago Manuin, who died Wednesday aged 63.

Manuin was recognized with Spain’s Queen Sofia Prize for his crusade in defense of the Amazon and indigenous rights.

During a visit by Pope Francis in 2018, when the pontiff met with Amazon indigenous leaders in Peru’s Madre de Dios region, Manuin presented the pope with a traditional feather headdress.

 

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