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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...

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...

In this undated photo, courtesy of the family of Yurancy Castillo, shows her in Lima, Peru. Castillo did not want to leave her family, but as inflation in Venezuela soared, rendering her salary as a social worker nearly worthless, the young woman decided her future rested far away, in Peru. In May, she came down with a fever and a week later went to the hospital, where after three weeks in an intensive care unit deep in southern Peru, she died at age 30. (Family of Yurancy Castillo via AP)

Lives Lost: Young Venezuelan dreamed of better life in Peru

Jul. 10, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Yurancy Castillo did not want to leave her family. But as inflation in Venezuela soared, rendering her salary as a social worker nearly worthless, the young woman known for her beaming smile and wild amber-colored curls decided her future rested far away, in Peru. One of her three...

People wait in line for some businesses to reopen in downtown Lima, Peru, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Major cities including the capital, will begin allowing for public transportation and certain businesses to reopen, but will still restrict the movement of the elderly and young children. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peruvians fill streets as lockdown ends despite infections

Jul. 1, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Blocks-long lines formed at bus stops, food markets and shopping centers in Peru's capital Wednesday as people left their homes en masse to go to work or shop as a 106-day coronavirus lockdown ended in many parts of the country. For the first time in months, food vendors offered...

Pedestrians, some wearing protective face masks, walk through a street market in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, June 25, 2020. With Latin America now the epicenter of the new coronavirus pandemic, but with hundreds of millions relying on these markets for food and livelihoods, the debate now centers on whether and how they can ever operate safely. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Latin America's critical food markets fuel virus spread

Jun. 26, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico City's main wholesale market detects dozens of coronavirus cases every week. A covered food market in Venezuela was the source of one of the largest outbreaks in the country. And every single merchant in a vast market in Peru has tested positive for the virus. As the coronavirus...

Hundreds of people wait in line outside of at Mega Plaza mall in Lima, Peru, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Thousands of people crowded in hours-long lines after Peru’s government ignored scientific warnings and opened the country’s 90 shopping malls this week in the middle of one of the world’s worst outbreaks of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru giving up on virus measures in face of sinking economy

Jun. 24, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — On the same day that the Peruvian government announced another grim increase in the number of coronavirus infections, thousands of people packed together in hourslong lines outside shopping malls for a chance to buy a new sweater, sneakers or computer. Peru — which has reported the...

A woman hauls a bucket of water to her home in the early morning hours in the Nueva Esperanza neighborhood of Lima, Peru, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Economic shutdowns aimed to curb the spread of new coronavirus have forced poor Peruvians, Argentines and tens of millions of others to fall back on community-based efforts amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Hungry neighbors cook together as virus roils Latin America

Jun. 19, 2020 9:05 AM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Clara Arango wakes at 4 a.m. daily and checks on the ingredients for breakfast. Eighteen pounds of oats, 13 pounds of sugar and a pound of cinnamon sticks, all ready. An hour later, Arango, 43, is using a shovel to stir 30 gallons of sweet oatmeal in a stainless-steel pot over a fire of...