May 8, 2020 / 7:04 PM / 25 days ago

Peru extends nationwide lockdown until May 24 as coronavirus cases rise

LIMA, May 8 (Reuters) - Peru has extended a nationwide lockdown by two weeks until May 24, President Martin Vizcarra said on Friday, the fourth extension of the isolation period amid a sharp rise in cases of COVID-19 in the South American country.

Peru’s confirmed coronavirus cases total 58,526 according to the latest official data from Thursday, while deaths have reached 1,627. (Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Adam Jourdan)

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