Sumary of How Peru became the country with the highest COVID death rate in the world:
- Yet, compared to many other countries, on paper Peru was relatively well-placed to handle COVID.
- Peru was also one of the first Latin American countries to demand that people stay at home to stop the virus spreading.
- Unlike in some other badly affected Latin American countries, such as Brazil or Mexico, authorities in Peru didn’t deny the threat of the pandemic.
- Boris Galperin/Alamy Stock Photo The government had acknowledged that adopting a strict lockdown would be difficult.
- Peru has a large informal workforce and a fairly limited social security system – meaning that staying at home, off work, would be hard for many.
- Weaknesses in healthcare Rising cases then revealed structural weaknesses in the Peruvian health system.
- Similarly, before the pandemic Peru had 29 intensive care beds per million people, below other countries in the region such as Brazil (206), Colombia (105), Chile (73) and Ecuador (69).
- The health system is also highly fragmented, which has made coordinating the COVID response across the country challenging, jeopardising its effectiveness at protecting the most vulnerable.