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Olinda Tafur, 20, lies on an examination table as she waits to be seen by obstetrician Dr. Osvaldo Sierra inside a tent set up in the emergency area of the National Perinatal and Maternal Institute to receive women in labor who are infected with COVID-19 in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Just before giving birth to her first child, Tafur learned that she had tested positive for the new coronavirus upon arriving with labor pains to the emergency area. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

AP PHOTOS: COVID makes birth lonely for women in Peru

Aug. 12, 2020 12:16 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Before she gave birth in Peru’s largest maternity hospital, María Alvarez closed her eyes and made one request through her face mask. “Where’s my husband?″ she said. “I want my husband to come.″ But the baby’s father, Marco...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019 file photo, Peru's President Martin Vizcarra smiles after the swearing-in ceremony of his new cabinet at the government palace in Lima, Peru. On July 28, 2020, the anniversary of independence, Vizcarra tried in a televised speech to galvanize a country battered, like so many others around the world, by economic calamity and mass death from the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

New crisis in Peru as Congress rejects president's Cabinet

Aug. 4, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru was left with no government ministers Tuesday after Congress refused to approve President Martin Vizcarra's recently appointed Cabinet. The no confidence vote led to the resignation of all 19 Cabinet ministers and could hamper the government's efforts to contain the coronavirus...

Brother Ronald Marin, a 30-year-old layworker from Venezuela, walks along a paved dirt road lined by graves, inside the

Venezuelan does funerals alone in Peru cemetery amid virus

Aug. 3, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Wearing a white robe and shoes worn down by dust, Venezuelan layworker Ronald Marín is the only one who administers funerals in a cemetery far from the capital’s center. At a time when Peruvian authorities calculate that more than a quarter of Lima's population may have been...

Two employees of the Ryugyong Health Complex disinfect the hands and check the fever of people coming to the complex to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: SKorea holds leader of church with virus cluster

Jul. 31, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s anti-corfonavirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March. Prosecutors are...

A cemetery worker transports the coffin of a person to the crematorium in the section dedicated to COVID-19 cases at El Angel cemetery in Lima, Peru, Thursday, July 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru probes whether 27,253 coronavirus deaths uncounted

Jul. 31, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian authorities and the Pan American Health Organization are investigating whether the country failed to count 27,253 deaths caused by the novel coronavirus, a figure that could more than double the country's official death toll from COVID-19. Peru already has one of the world's...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo, soldiers use machetes to cut down coca plants on an illegal coca plantation during a government organized media trip to the Urkupina community of Chapare, Bolivia. A report released Wednesday, July 29, 2020 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says coca cultivation jumped 10% in Bolivia in 2019, the final year of President Evo Morales’ government, partly because of reduced eradication efforts amid rising social and political conflicts. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File)

Bolivian coca cultivation jumped by 10% in 2019, UN says

Jul. 29, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Coca cultivation jumped 10% in Bolivia in 2019, the final year of President Evo Morales' government, partly because of reduced eradication efforts amid rising social and political conflicts, a U.N. agency said Wednesday. Growth in the Andean nation increased from 23,100 hectares in...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019 file photo, Peru's President Martin Vizcarra smiles after the swearing-in ceremony of his new cabinet at the government palace in Lima, Peru. On July 28, 2020, the anniversary of independence, Vizcarra tried in a televised speech to galvanize a country battered, like so many others around the world, by economic calamity and mass death from the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

Peru's leader tries to rally a nation battered by pandemic

Jul. 28, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — On July 28, 1821, a rapt crowd packed a Lima plaza to hear liberator José de San Martín declare that Peru was free from colonial power Spain. On Tuesday, the 199th anniversary of independence, there were no crowds because of the pandemic, but plenty of somber warnings that Peru...

Remaining stranded Vermont ski workers head home to Peru

Jul. 23, 2020 3:39 PM EDT

JAY, Vt. (AP) — The last of the remaining foreign ski workers who have been stranded at Vermont's Jay Peak resort during the coronavirus pandemic were on their way home to Peru on Thursday, officials said. “We are all very grateful that they will all be with their families soon,” said...

A member of a television crew stands dressed as Hindu god Shiva as Nepalese Hindu devotees wearing masks sit after offering prayers from outside the closed gate of Pashupatinath temple during the holy month of Shrawan in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 20, 2020. The temple has been remaining closed for almost four months as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/NIranjan Shrestha)

The Latest: Nepal ends 120 days of coronavirus lockdown

Jul. 21, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s government has ended a lockdown 120 days after it was imposed to control the spread of coronavirus. Information Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada said the number of cases was declining in Nepal. Government and private offices would be fully functional from Wednesday and all...

A protective face mask adorns a Jesus Christ statue as a reminder for residents to wear masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Petare neighborhod in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

The Latest: Global death toll for pandemic now above 600,000

Jul. 18, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

Johns Hopkins University says the global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 600,000. The university’s tally as of Saturday night says the United States tops the list with 140,103 deaths. It is followed by 78,772 fatalities in Brazil and 45,358 in the United Kingdom. The number of confirmed infections...