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Peru poised to overtake Italy, Spain in COVID-19 cases

Compiled from news agencies WORLD
Published June 09,2020
People walk around wearing masks against the spread of the new coronavirus at a makeshift market downtown in Lima, Peru, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Peru's Health Ministry on Tuesday said confirmed cases of the new coronavirus have risen above 200,000, with 5,738 deaths.

A spokesman for the ministry said a total of 203,736 cases were now confirmed. The country registered its first case on March 6 and has seen a surge amid a rigorous testing regime, but also high levels of poverty and informal labor complicating self-isolation efforts.

The number of infections in the country is the second highest in Latin America, after Brazil, and eighth globally.