(above) Martin Vizcarra

Peru Rolls Out Some of Latin America’s Toughest Anti-Virus Curbs


By John Quigley

• Start of school year pushed back by two weeks to March 30
• Peru reported first case of coronavirus less than a week ago

Peru delayed the start of its school year and imposed quarantines on travelers in some of the most drastic measures yet taken by a Latin American nation to try to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

The start of classes following summer holidays will be pushed back by two weeks to March 30 after the number of confirmed infections rose to 13 from zero in less than a week, President Martin Vizcarra said at a news conference in Lima. The government confirmed the first case on March 6.

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