While political uncertainty persists after the June presidential election, Peru has struggled to curb coronavirus infections.
Peru has extended until the end of August a state of emergency related to the coronavirus that allows the government to impose restrictions in an effort to curb infections.
Acting President Francisco Sagasti and his government’s resolution on Sunday extended the order, which was expected to be lifted on July 31, until the end of next month.
That means restrictions that included a night curfew would continue from March last year.
Peru has struggled to contain growing cases and deaths of coronavirus in recent months, with the country recording more than 2.07 million infections and more than 193,000 deaths since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
“Almost all Peruvians know someone who died of COVID,” said Cesar Carcamo, an epidemiologist at Cayetano Heredia University, Peru’s leading medical school. he told Al Jazeera in May.
At the end of this month, the country adjusted its number of deaths from coronavirus, giving it the the highest per capita mortality rate in the world.
The government organized a coronavirus vaccine for 36 hours over the weekend in an effort to completely inoculate Peruvians, and hundreds of people lined up in the capital, Lima, for punctures.
“The vaccine protects us, but the vaccine will also allow us to gradually resume activities that we have not been able to do for more than a year since we took care of ourselves during the pandemic,” said Violeta Bermudez, chairman of the cabinet.
Local resident Raúl Figueroa said he felt better with two doses of the vaccine. “You can work peacefully and [our personal] economy [can get] a little better ”once completely vaccinated, said Figueroa.
“Because economically the poorest people suffer, not the richest people, the poorest people [are suffering]”.
Peru continues to be affected by political uncertainty, as the country’s electoral body has not yet officially confirmed the results of the much-disputed presidential elections last month.
Left-wing teachers’ union leader Pedro Castell he won 50.12 percent of the vote, about 44,000 more than his rival, right-wing Keiko Fujimori.
But Fujimori, daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, has insisted without evidence that the polls were clouded by fraud.
He challenged thousands of ballots, which are currently being reviewed by an election jury. The outcome of this review is expected in the coming days.
International observers have said no serious irregularities occurred during the election.
Fujimori told his followers on Saturday that “we will not accept” what he called “fraud.”
“Over the past few weeks we have seen so many allegations of irregularities and they want to announce a result quickly,” he told a meeting in Lima.
Hundreds of supporters of both candidates have settled in the Peruvian capital to “defend” their votes.