Hospitals on the brink in Peru as coronavirus epicentre shifts to the Americas 

Peru is struggling to deal with a surge of coronavirus infections, with officers warning that its creaking public well being system is close to collapse, amid a continent-wide escalation in instances. 

Near 99 per cent of intensive care beds in Lima and neighbouring port metropolis Callao, that are collectively house to 10 million individuals, are crammed with critically unwell Covid-19 sufferers requiring ventilator or oxygen help, authorities information reveals.

The scenario is so extreme that solely six intensive care beds are left in Lima. On the Villa Mongrut hospital advanced, within the centre of the Peruvian capital, near 40 sufferers are on the ICU ready checklist.

“Sadly some are dying whereas on the ready checklist,” Alicia Abanto, deputy director of Peru’s public providers, advised reporters on Tuesday.

Different areas are additionally buckling beneath the pressures. Hospitals in Peru’s north, south and central areas are overflowing with coronavirus sufferers after ICUs ran out of beds final week.

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