LIMA, Apr 28 (Reuters) – Peru doubled the cases of the new coronavirus in nine days and exceeded 30,000 infected, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday, while the country has been in quarantine since mid-March that has practically paralyzed the local economy.
The number, the second highest in Latin America, is growing rapidly, causing hospitals to collapse with deaths in the corridors, reused masks and protests by medical workers concerned about their safety.
The Health Ministry specified in a report that coronavirus cases rose to 31,190, compared to 28,699 in Monday’s report, while the number of deaths rose to 854, from the previous 782.
Peru reported its first case of coronavirus on March 6 and after 25 days it reached 1,000 infections. It took 14 more days to add 10,000 cases on April 14, according to a Reuters count.
The Government has extended the quarantine until May 10 in search of avoiding more sick people, the third extension since March 15, in a measure that has slowed down productive activity and left millions without jobs. (Report by Marco Aquino, Edited by Manuel Farías)