Lima, Apr 9 (EFE) .- Peru reached a total of 54,285 deaths from covid-19 this Friday, after adding another 307 deaths on Friday, several of them due to lack of medical oxygen while this system was being changed in hospitals in the northern town of Talara.
The critical situation facing the health system in many cities in the country was reflected by these deaths presented in hospitals of the Social Security and the Ministry of Health in the northern province of Talara.
The mayor of that town, José Vitonera Infante, assured the RPP station that he received the report of 28 deaths, although before the office of the Ombudsman said that at least thirteen people died for this reason.
The representative of the Ombudsman’s Office César Orrego reported in RPP that the patients died while the oxygenation system was being changed, after the tank that supplies this input to the Talara hospitals was empty.
OTHER 5,305 INFECTED AND 307 DECAYS
After adding another 5,305 infected in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases reached 1,626,519, while another 10,722 recovered also raised to 1,547,807 the total number of people discharged from a medical center or who have already fulfilled their home quarantine period.
Thus, in Peru there are currently 26,427 active cases of the disease, of which 14,199 are hospitalized and 2,313 of these in intensive care units (ICU).
So far, 642,151 people have been vaccinated, of which 385,765 have already received two doses from Sinopharm and Pfizer laboratories that are being applied in the country to health personnel, the military, police, firefighters and adults over 80 years of age.
EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES FOR ELECTIONS
This Friday the president of Peru, Francisco Sagasti, reaffirmed that in the face of the harsh onslaught of the second wave of the pandemic, the electoral authorities have taken exceptional measures to ensure that the voting process is safe for citizens.
He explained that to avoid crowds, the number of polling places was expanded from 4,500 to more than 11,600, the voting hours were extended from 8 to 12 hours and a priority schedule was established for the elderly and vulnerable people.
He assured that, in addition, health security protocols have been strengthened, with the obligation to wear masks, take temperature, disinfection with alcohol and keep the doors and windows open at the polling stations.
After summoning his compatriots to attend to vote, Sagasti said that Peru faces “one of the most difficult and critical moments in its history” with “health, politics, the economy, and even morals and ethics” in crisis. .
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