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Peru Now World’s Deadliest Covid Hot Spot: Latam Virus Wrap

  • On a per capita basis, Peru leads world in coronavirus deaths
  • A quarter of Lima’s population may have been infected
Cemetery workers carry the coffin of a person who died from the coronavirus at the Nueva Esperanza cemetery in Lima, Peru, on June 17.
Cemetery workers carry the coffin of a person who died from the coronavirus at the Nueva Esperanza cemetery in Lima, Peru, on June 17.Photographer: Angela Ponce/Bloomberg
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Peru has set another grim record by reporting the highest number of deaths per capita from the coronavirus.

With 28,277 confirmed deaths from Covid-19, or 86.2 per 100,000 inhabitants, Peru on Thursday overtook Belgium as the nation with the most victims, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the IMF and Bloomberg. It comes a week after the South American nation of 33 million posted the world’s deepest economic contraction in the second quarter following a drastic lockdown.