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    Workers in protective suits prepare to lower a coffin into the ground during the burial of a Covid-19 victim in the remote highland village of Acora, Peru, on August 9, 2020.
    Workers in protective suits prepare to lower a coffin into the ground during the burial of a Covid-19 victim in the remote highland village of Acora, Peru, on August 9, 2020. Carlos Mamani/AFP/Getty Images

    Peru added 10,143 Covid-19 cases to its tally on Sunday evening, including 5,338 new cases in the last 24 hours and a further 4,805 confirmed in the last seven days, according to a statement released by the country’s Health Ministry.

    The country has the second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Latin America, following Brazil, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

    The total number of Peru’s confirmed infections now stands at 535,946 while the death toll has reached 26,281, according to the ministry.

    Last Thursday, vice health minister Luis Suarez updated the country’s death toll to add 3,658 deaths previously unaccounted for after a revision by a special commission set up by the government. 

    More lockdown measures after case surge: Peru’s President Martin Vizcarra announced new lockdown measures last week after the country saw an increase in the number of virus cases during July.

    Vizcarra ordered six more regions and 34 provinces under localized lockdown. The government previously eased the country’s lockdown measures on July 1 while imposing localized lockdowns for seven of Peru’s 24 regions. 

    The President also announced the return of “mandatory immobilization” across the country on Sundays: social and family gatherings have been banned, while children under 14 are allowed to go out for a walk within 500 meters of their homes for no more than 30 minutes a day, as long as they are accompanied by one adult. 

    Peru’s state of emergency remains in place until August 31. 

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