Peru has a record COVID-19 death toll on the day before elections.

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Peru marked a second daily record mortality toll from the coronavirus pandemic that is engulfing the world once again on Saturday, one day before presidential and congressional elections.

The health ministry recorded 384 deaths, bringing the overall death count to 54,669, as healthcare staff cope with a lack of medical oxygen and overcrowded hospitals, and the government fails to insure enough vaccine supplies. On Wednesday, Peru set a new record for the number of deaths – 314 – the highest since the pandemic struck the world in March 2020.

Millions of Peruvians are scheduled to cast ballots at polling stations around the country on Sunday to elect their new president and congressional members. Voting is mandatory, with a $25 fee if not done, and polling station numbers have been raised to promote social distancing. Electors are encouraged to carry their own pens and wear masks.

The Andean country of 33 million people has received just over 1.5 million doses of vaccines from Sinopharm and Pfizer/BioNTech, behind its Latin American neighbours.

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