In this file photo taken on October 19, 2021, a health professional assists a COVID-19 patient at a hospital in northern Peru
Peru, which has the world’s highest Covid-19 death rate per capita, has surpassed 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the health ministry said on Friday.
The ministry announced 25 new deaths over the previous 24 hours, taking the South American country over the symbolic threshold with 200.003 deaths since the pandemic started in March 2020.
With 6,065 deaths per million population, Peru’s Covid mortality rate is the highest in the world, according to an AFP count based on official data.
“We’re maintaining a high level of control,” health minister Hernando Cevallos said recently.
The fall in infections has allowed the government to relax some healthcare measures and reactivate parts of the economy.
Peru’s number of deaths is only surpassed in Latin America by Brazil and Mexico, although those countries’ populations are almost seven and four times greater respectively.
“We need to get vaccinated so there is no more sadness in homes and no more orphans,” Mirtha Garcia Espinoza, a 39-year-old mother of two widowed by the pandemic, told AFP.
Last week that was down to 169, according to official figures.
The government hopes to vaccinate 70 percent of its population over 12 by the end of the year.
Originally published as Peru surpasses 200,000 Covid deaths: officials