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  • According to Johns Hopkins University, as of August, Peru had the highest death toll per capita among the 20 countries hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    According to Johns Hopkins University, as of August, Peru had the highest death toll per capita among the 20 countries hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. | Photo: EFE

Published 25 September 2020
Opinion

Although Peru's government plans to start the fourth phase of economy reopening on October 1, the regions of Arequipa; Puno; Tacna, and Moquegua are still in quarantine. 

Over 6 million people are jobless in Peru because of the COVID-19 pandemic as the unemployment rate stands at 8 percent, the Labor Minister Javier Palacios reported on Thursday.

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"The immobility has affected many sectors that have been prevented from going out to work. There are 6 million people who work independently in the country, and there is a group that could not go out to look for work, and that is a variable that is reported as inactivity," the official explained via radio.

Moreover, the capital Lima has surpassed the rest of the country with a 15 percent unemployment rate. The latest report by the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics shows that in the third quarter of 2020, unemployment increased in the most critical sectors. Also, services, manufacturing, and construction were the hardest-hit during this period.

"Hourly underemployed (those employed persons who work less than 35 hours a week, and who have availability and desire for more hours) increased by 24.9%, while the underemployed by income grew 2.0%."

Although Peru's government plans to start the fourth phase of economic reopening on October 1, the regions of Arequipa, Puno, Tacna, and Moquegua are still in quarantine.

Nevertheless, the minister Palacios said that the country shows a tendency towards recovery, but "it will take a long time."

According to the Johns Hopkins University, as of August, Peru had the highest death toll per capita among the 20 countries hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as it reported  87.53 deaths per 100.000 inhabitants.

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