Peru has registered a total coronavirus death in its single day, as millions of people across the South American country prepare to go to the polls next weekend for a new president and congressional election.
The country’s health ministry said 294 people died on Saturday, compared to 2 in August.
More than 5,600 new cases of Kavid-19 have been found in Peru, with several Latin American countries battling the latest outbreak of the virus, some more easily infected by the virus’s contagious strain.
Chile’s neighbor Has recently postponed a vote Due to the election of a parliament to write a new constitution Increased coronavirus infectionHowever, Peru is moving ahead with plans to hold elections on April 11.
An opinion poll released by Datum International on Thursday found that Jonah Lescano, the people’s top presidential candidate, has probably consolidated his leadership over the top five candidates before the second round in June.
Lescano, from the Popular Action Party, had 12.1 percent support and was at the top of the group of 16 candidates, but less than the 50 percent needed to avoid a run-off.
According to the poll, Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, showed 7.9 percent support; Former football goalkeeper George Forsyth with 7.4 percent and ultra-conservative Rafael Lopez Aliaga with 7.2 percent.
Liberal economist Hernando de Soto oto decimal and percent and leftist candidate Veronica Mendoza was 5.7 percent.
The COVID-19 epidemic has devastated Peru’s economy, which has seen political turmoil over the past year. Allegations of corruption Against former President Martin Vijkara.
In February, there was Published The vaccinators, as well as about 500 Peruvian government officials, have been given the opportunity to connect with the COVID-19 vaccine. This scandal has induced the health of the country and Foreign affairs The ministers will resign.
Al Jazeera’s Mariana Sanchez reports from the capital, Lima, that the epidemic has plunged Peru into deep political and economic uncertainty, and a recent poll found that about 30 percent of Peruvians will cast their ballots on Sunday.
“Many believe elections do not guarantee political stability,” Sanchez said.
“Candidates are not doing anything for us. They do not keep their promises. It’s just a word, “said Euphrasia Hurtado, a Peruvian voter.” I will vote blank because they are all the same. “
Political analyst Giovanna Penafler told Al Jazeera that the political landscape in Peru is “so weak and limited” that any of the presidential candidates sees it as a good option.
“It was as if it was descending on the Titanic and someone said let’s choose a new captain, but everyone is looking for a lifeboat.”
Meanwhile, the recent rise in coronavirus infections in Peru and elsewhere in Latin America has pushed healthcare networks to their limits and Led to more poverty And economic insecurity, encouraging warnings from experts.
The head of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said last week that Peru, along with Brazil and Paraguay, saw a high number of coronavirus-related deaths in one of several countries in the region.
“The availability of oxygen and anesthetic drugs is under threat due to the speed of new hospital flood cases in Brazil, Peru and other places in the first few months of the year,” Carissa Etienne said during a news release. Summary.
Etienne warned that the region could see without preventive measures Worse spikes of coronavirus infection This is more than what was experienced last year.
“So, let me clean up as much as possible. My main directions for infection growth sites can be summarized in two words: Stay home, ”he said.