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Javier Casana leaves flowers on the portrait of his uncle Jorge Luis Casana, 62, a doctor who died from COVID-19, in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The Peruvian Medical College reported that at least 11 doctors have died during the first days of 2021. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Battling COVID-19 proving deadly for Peru's doctor corps

Jan. 27, 2021 4:40 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Black-and-white pictures of dozens of men and women, some in their 30s and others much older, line the perimeter of a bright yellow building overlooking the Pacific, a two-story-tall black ribbon covering part of the facade and a Peruvian flag at a half-staff near the door. The makeshift...

A man carries a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, as they stroll along a street near the popular frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China is making some of its toughest travel restrictions yet as coronavirus cases surge in several northern provinces ahead of the travel rush for Lunar New Year on next month. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Shanghai locks down 2 major hospitals over cases

Jan. 21, 2021 10:33 PM EST

BEIJING — Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China’s best-known hospitals after they were linked to new coronavirus cases. Outpatient services have been suspended at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center and Renji Hospital, both of which have been cordoned off along with some surrounding...

A woman pulls her empty oxygen tank to the line of people waiting outside a shop that refills them in the Villa El Salvador shantytown of Lima, Peru, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The store is limited to refilling 20 tanks a day. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Search for oxygen tank refills routine for Peruvians

Jan. 21, 2021 2:54 PM EST

VILLA EL SALVADOR, Peru (AP) — In the middle of what was once a sandy desert, on the outskirts of Peru’s capital, a new routine has emerged for many of the residents of the densely populated city of Villa El Salvador. With the lives of friends or relatives at stake because of the new coronavirus,...

City street sweepers Angelo Paz Soldan, right, Teodosia Tito, center, and Biviana Torres Aderiano pose for a portrait in their uniforms and masks, during the new coronavirus a the Mesa Redonda market in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.

AP PHOTOS: The faces of Peruvians going through a hard year

Jan. 5, 2021 9:06 AM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Mesa Redonda is the main wholesale market in Peru’s capital and in 2020 it has been one of the main hotspots of the new coronavirus. At least 300,000 people come daily to buy food or basic goods, and they have kept coming despite the pandemic. Photographer Rodrigo Abd brought a...

A demonstrator wears a face shield with a red handprint, mimicking blood, to protest Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Protesters also called for the immediate start of COVID-19 vaccinations. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

The Latest: Brazil is latest to ban flights from Britain

Dec. 23, 2020 11:09 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil has become the latest country to bar flights from the United Kingdom in a bid to prevent contagion from a new strain of the coronavirus. The government announced in an extra edition of the country’s official gazette released late Wednesday that it is temporarily prohibiting...

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 file photo a man wearing a face mask to curb the spread of coronavirus walks past closed a pub in London. Instead of Christmas joy, a sense of dread and isolation is looming. Dozens of countries have limited flights from Britain, and daily new infections are running at record highs. Hospitals across the U.K., which has Europe's second-highest virus-related death toll at nearly 70,000, are heading towards capacity at a time of year when other illnesses abound. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Global virus rules for Christmas: Tough, mild or none at all

Dec. 23, 2020 2:51 AM EST

In Peru, you can’t drive your car on Christmas. In Lebanon, you can go to a nightclub, but you can’t dance. In South Africa, roadblocks instead of beach parties will mark this year’s festive season. How many people can you share a Christmas meal with? France recommends no more than six, in...

Volunteers wearing face masks wave after they load boxes onto a delivery truck during an event to send Christmas gifts for the underprivileged in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. The Korea Youth Foundation sent Christmas gifts using a courier to help prevent against the coronavirus as the social distancing measures. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Coronavirus cases keep rising in South Korea

Dec. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has added 1,092 new coronavirus cases in a resurgence that is erasing hard-won epidemiological gains and eroding public confidence in the government’s ability to handle the outbreak. The national caseload has jumped by a quarter in the last two weeks alone, the...

Pedestrians wearing face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic walk in the Mesa Redonda Market, a popular spot for Christmas shopping in Lima, Peru, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. Peru's Health Ministry has announced on Tuesday, Dec. 22, that it has surpassed 1 million confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

Peru reaches 1 million confirmed coronavirus infections

Dec. 22, 2020 9:03 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru passed 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus infection Tuesday, becoming the fifth nation in Latin America to report that number as the region struggles with the pandemic’s economic and health effects. Peru, which has a population of 32 million, was quick to declare...

The coffins of COVID-19 victims burn after their bodies were cremated at the San Nicolas Tolentino cemetery in the Iztapalapa neighborhood of Mexico City, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

AP PHOTOS: Latin America Photos of the Year

Dec. 21, 2020 8:58 AM EST

In early 2020, the pandemic seemed far from Latin America. But as soon as it arrived in the region, it had a devastating impact, exposing the weaknesses in already precarious public health systems. Images of a woman’s corpse lying on the street while being disinfected in Ecuador, and Venezuelan migrants...

Brother Ronald Marin, a 30-year-old layworker from Venezuela, prays over the coffin of Keizer Quinones and Sarai Araujo's unborn daughter, at a burial service in the Martires 19 de Julio cemetery in Comas, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Marin is one of the few Catholic Church representatives who administers funerals in the cemetery far from the capital's center that looks like a miniature city wedged between two desert hills. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A pandemic atlas: Peru's death toll leaves a grieving nation

Dec. 16, 2020 4:02 AM EST

Each day at the height of the pandemic in Peru, Ronald Marín visited a crowded, dusty cemetery to offer final prayers for dozens of victims of COVID-19, their coffins wrapped in plastic like suitcases preparing for a flight. Many had died before a priest could deliver last rites. Relatives asked if their...