Peru coronavirus cases surpass 30,000: health ministry

FILE PHOTO: People are seen outside of a Peruvian Air Force base while waiting for flights home to the Peruvian Amazon amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Lima, Peru April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s health ministry on Tuesday confirmed its toll of coronavirus cases had surpassed 30,000, with 854 associated deaths.

Tuesday’s 31,190 confirmed cases represents the second highest caseload in Latin America. The number has more than doubled in nine days, according to a Reuters tally.

Infections have prompted the collapse of some medical facilities, with bodies being kept in hallways, masks being repeatedly reused, and protests breaking out amongst medical workers concerned over their safety.

Reporting by Marco Aquino, writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Sandra Maler

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