Peru passes 400,000 coronavirus cases

Relatives of COVID-19 patients queue to recharge oxygen cylinders in Villa Maria del Triunfo, in the southern outskirts of Lima, on July 29, 2020. (Photo by Ernesto BENAVIDES / AFP)

on Wednesday passed 400,000 confirmed cases, the health ministry said, after the largest daily increase in infections for more than six weeks.

Nearly 19,000 people have died as a result of the disease nationwide, and the country has recorded more COVID-19 cases than anywhere in Latin America except for Brazil and Mexico.

There were 204 additional deaths in the last 24 hours and 5,678 infections over the same period -- the highest daily number of new cases since June 12.

Peru began lifting a nationwide lockdown on July 1 for most regions of the country, including the capital Lima.

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