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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...

FILE - In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo, health workers take a nasal swab sample during a testing and screening operation for the new coronavirus, in Hyderabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Pervez Masih, File)

Worst virus fears are realized in poor or war-torn countries

Jun. 29, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — For months, experts have warned of a potential nightmare scenario: After overwhelming health systems in some of the world’s wealthiest regions, the coronavirus gains a foothold in poor or war-torn countries ill-equipped to contain it and sweeps through the population....

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...

Medical workers offload cylinders of oxygen at the Donka public hospital where coronavirus patients are treated in Conakry, Guinea, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Before the coronavirus crisis, the hospital in the capital was going through 20 oxygen cylinders a day. By May, the hospital was at 40 a day and rising, according to Dr. Billy Sivahera of the aid group Alliance for International Medical Action. Oxygen is the the facility's fastest-growing expense, and the daily deliveries of cylinders are taking their toll on budgets. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)

Scarce medical oxygen worldwide leaves many gasping for life

Jun. 24, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s best hope for coronavirus patients lies inside a neglected yellow shed on the grounds of its main hospital: an oxygen plant that has never been turned on. The plant was part of a hospital renovation funded by international donors responding to the Ebola crisis in...

Barber Josue Yacahuanca styles the hair of a resident free of charge at the top of a hill in the San Juan de Lurigancho neighborhood of Lima, Peru, Friday, June 19, 2020.

Barber offers hope in Peruvian barrios devastated by virus

Jun. 19, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Once a week, barber Josué Yacahuanca makes his way up the dusty hills of Peru's capital, heading into its poorest neighborhoods carrying a treasured golden briefcase that holds his life's passion — five clipper blades, 20 combs, four scissors and a bottle with alcohol....

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...

Nicolas Suarez, 16, poses for a photo as he hangs from a soccer goalpost in a soccer field that's closed due to the COVID-19 lockdown in the Fraga neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Suarez, who is recognized as one of the best players in his neighborhood, said that even though he’s afraid of the virus he needs to keep playing, as he has aspirations to go professional. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Coronavirus puts poor Argentines' soccer dreams on hold

Jun. 17, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — The apartment blocks of Fort Apache are emblazoned with murals of Carlos Tevez, the superstar forward for Argentina's most popular pro soccer team and its national squad. “I come from a place where they said it was impossible to succeed,'' one mural reads, and Tiago Ruíz...

Pakistani investigators examine at the site of Friday's bomb explosion in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Saturday, June 13, 2020. A powerful bomb exploded at a crowded bazaar in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, killed and wounded some persons, police and government officials said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: Pakistan’s upward coronavirus spiral continues

Jun. 15, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD __ Pakistan’s upward spiral of new virus infections neared 145,000 Monday amid warnings from political leaders that the numbers could double by the end of June and were likely to hit a stunning 1.2 million by the end of July if Pakistan’s 220 million people continue to flout basic...