170 police officers die of coronavirus in Peru – Minister

by Jun 12, 2020News0 comments

170 police officers die of coronavirus in Peru – Minister
170 police officers die of coronavirus in Peru – Minister

More than 170 police officers die in Peru have died after contracting the coronavirus while enforcing the South American nation’s pandemic lockdown, the country minister of interior confirmed on Thursday 11.

Almost 10,000 officers have been infected with the disease as they enforced social distancing measures during Peru’s 12 weeks of stay-at-home orders.

“We have 9,900 infected personnel and 170 deceased personnel. That is the figure that we currently have despite the efforts being made,” Interior Minister General Gaston Rodriguez told reporters.

A further 4,000 police personnel, deemed vulnerable for reasons of age and health, were complying with mandatory quarantine, he said.

ALSO READ: Mercy Eke & Omashola reunite after fighting dirty at BBNaija Reunion (video)

Among those infected, at least 1,000 were asymptomatic, police said.

According to the interior ministry, some 80,000 police officers are providing security in the country to enforce the country’s mandatory confinement measures.

Peru is the second worst-hit country in Latin America after Brazil, with more than 208,000 cases and 6,000 deaths.

Most of the police cases occurred in the capital Lima, which is home to more than half the country’s infections. 

The wide majority of police infections happened when police patrolled markets and streets to ensure people were observing social distancing measures to avoid widespread of the disease. Read here

0 Comments

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: