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Overwhelmed by Covid-19, Peru extends nationwide lockdown until end of June — MercoPress

Overwhelmed by Covid-19, Peru extends nationwide lockdown until end of June — MercoPress

Overwhelmed by Covid-19, Peru extends nationwide lockdown until end of June

Peru began the lockdown in mid-March, will have lived under it for more than 3-1/2 months by a Jun 30 expiration, outlasting restrictions in Italy, Spain and China.

Peru on Friday 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.

Peru, which began the lockdown in mid-March, will have lived under it for more than 3-1/2 months by a Jun 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.

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