Peru reached almost 230,000 cumulative cases of COVID-19 this Sunday and is very close to reaching the total infection figures of Italy and Spain, two of the three European countries most affected by the pandemic.

The total number of people infected by the coronavirus rose to 229,736 after adding more than 4,600 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to the latest report offered by the Ministry of Health. Of the 22,632 tests performed on Saturday, 20 per cent were positive.

With this constant trend since the last two weeks, Peru is likely to surpass this week the number of accumulated cases in Italy, which registers 236,989 cases, and Spain, which registers 243,928 infections.

Peru is currently the second country in Latin America with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19, only behind Brazil, and is eighth worldwide due to the large number of tests performed, which exceeds 1.3 million samples taken, making it the first country in the region to be tested per million inhabitants.

For the second day in a row, 190 deaths were recorded, one of the highest daily death rates since the pandemic began, and the total number of deaths confirmed by COVID-19 reached 6,688.

However, general death records reveal an unusual and unprecedented mortality since the beginning of the emergency, especially in Lima, where more than 10,000 suspected deaths have been recorded, which is higher than the usual numbers in past years.

Despite the fact that the signs of a decline in contagion are still weak, the Peruvian president insisted on continuing to reactivate the economy, which came to a virtual standstill during the first weeks of the quarantine.

Thus, the Ministry of Production published on Sunday a resolution to allow since Monday the operation of galleries and commercial conglomerates behind closed doors and only for home sales.

This is expected to reduce significantly the large crowds of street vendors that occurred in recent days in the streets of central Lima, invaded by thousands of traders who circumvented the quarantine to try to get some income with which to survive.

Peru is on its way to 100 days of quarantine, a measure that was the first country in Latin America to decree and that served to prevent a rapid and uncontrolled spread of the virus in the first few days, but not to end up collapsing its fragile and fragmented public health system in the most affected regions.

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