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10 Jul 2020

Poor forced to collect Covid corpses for work in Peru

Latin America Correspondent

The World Health Organization has recorded a record increase in global cases and today warned the pandemic is accelerating and that the virus is not under control in most of the world.

In the last 24 hours the global total rose by almost 230,000 cases. There are now more than 12 million confirmed cases and 550,000 recorded deaths. The United States, Brazil and India now have the greatest number of cases.

And despite imposing one of the earliest and strictest lockdowns in South America, Peru now has the fifth highest number of cases worldwide despite having a population of only 30 million, with poverty and crowded food markets blamed for fuelling the spread of the virus.