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Peruvians will go to vote as the pandemic registers record deaths

Lima, Apr 10 (EFE) .- Peruvians will go this Sunday to vote to elect President of the Republic and congressmen in the general elections while the pandemic registers another record of deaths from covid-19 in their country, with 384 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the official report of the Ministry of Health.

At the peak of infections and deaths from covid-19, the total number of deaths with a confirmed diagnosis of the new coronavirus so far in the pandemic rose to 54,669, with 384 deaths registered on Friday, the highest figure reported in Peru in one day.

However, figures from the National Death Information System (Sinadef) give a total of 147,851 deaths in the same period in Peru, among those with a confirmed diagnosis and those presumed to have died from the virus, in addition to 898 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The increase in fatalities reveals the severity of the disease in several regions of the country, whose health services are saturated with patients and also suffer from a worrying shortage of medical oxygen, as in the northern city of Talara, which on Friday reported 12 deaths of patients at the local hospital, which ran out of this essential input.

According to the ministry report, the number of infections rose to 1,639,767, with 4,164 confirmed in the last hours, and 14,943 hospitalized, of which 744 were admitted on the last day.

Likewise, the number of patients admitted to the Intensive Care Units rose to 2,321, with eight new cases in the last 24 hours.

In Peru, more than 9.9 million tests to rule out the disease have already been carried out and 647,987 people have been vaccinated, mainly from the health sector, the armed forces and the police, as well as those over 85 years of age. .

A third presidential candidate, Marco Arana, from the Frente Amplio movement, has tested positive for covid-19 and will not be able to go to vote this Sunday, like his rivals George Forsyth, from the Victoria Nacional party, and José Vega, from Union for Peru.

Due to the danger of exposure to the virus, polling stations have doubled and been located in outdoor locations such as parks and sports fields, in addition to extending voting hours up to twelve continuous hours.

(c) EFE Agency

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