RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Peru surpassed half a million coronavirus cases and has the highest death toll in Latin America, according to Health Ministry data released on Thursday, as the government struggles to contain a recent surge in infections.
There have been 507,996 confirmed cases and 25,648 related deaths, Vice-Health Minister Luis Suarez said at a news conference.
Peru has the highest coronavirus death rate in Latin America - 78.6 per 100,000 people - surpassing hard-hit regional neighbors Chile and Brazil.
President Martin Vizcarra, speaking earlier on Thursday from a public event to pay tribute to . . .