Peru extends nationwide lockdown

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Peru has extended its state of emergency and a nationwide lockdown to fight the Coronavirus pandemic until the end of June, marking one of the longest periods of mandatory isolation in the world.

The Andean nation, which began the lockdown in mid-March, will have lived under it for more than three months by June 30 expiration, outlasting restrictions in Italy, Spain and China, some of the hardest hit countries in the pandemic.

Friday’s extension, announced by President Martin Vizcarra, came as Peru’s confirmed Coronavirus cases rose to 111,698, the second highest total in Latin America. The death toll stood at 3,244 on Friday.

 

Nneka Ukachukwu

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