While political uncertainty persists after the June presidential election, Peru has struggled to eradicate coronavirus infections.
Peru has extended until the end of August a state of emergency in relation to the coronavirus that allows the government to impose restrictions in an effort to eradicate infections.
Interim President Francisco Sagasti and his government’s resolution on Sunday extended the order, which was scheduled to be lifted on July 31, until the end of next month.
This means that restrictions including a night curfew imposed since March last year will continue.
Peru has struggled to contain increasing cases of coronavirus and deaths in recent months, with the country recording more than 2.07 million infections and more than 193,000 deaths since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
“Almost all Peruvians know someone who died from COVID,” Cesar Carcamo, epidemiologist at Cayetano Heredia University, Peru’s first medical school, said. said Al Jazeera of May.
At the end of that month, the country adapted its number of deaths from coronavirus, giving it the the highest per capita mortality rate in the world.
The government organized 36 hours of coronavirus vaccination over the weekend in an effort to get the completely inoculated Peruvians, and hundreds of people lined up in the capital, Lima, to get shots.
“The vaccine protects us but also the vaccine will allow us to continue to gradually resume activities that we have not been able to do for more than a year since we took care of ourselves during the pandemic,” said Violeta Bermudez, president of the council of ministers.
Local resident Raul Figueroa said he felt better with two doses of the vaccine. “It simply came to our notice then [our personal] economy [can get] a little better ”once fully vaccinated, Figueroa said.
“Because even the poorest suffer economically, not the richest people, the poorest [are suffering]. “
Peru remains plagued by political uncertainty as the country’s electoral organization has not yet officially confirmed the results of the disputes. presidential election last month.
Union leader of the teachers of the left Pedro Castillo he won 50.12 percent of the vote – about 44,000 more than his rival, right-wing Keiko Fujimori.
But Fujimori, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, insisted without testimony that the polls were marred by fraud.
He has challenged thousands of ballots, which are currently being reviewed by an election jury. The result of this review is expected in the coming days.
International observers said there were no serious irregularities during the election.
Fujimori told supporters on Saturday that she “will not accept” what she described as “fraud.”
“During all these weeks we have seen so many allegations of irregularities and want to release a result as soon as possible,” he told a meeting in Lima.
Hundreds of supporters of the two candidates have settled in the Peruvian capital to “defend” their votes.