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Lima: Peru, which is facing a second wave of Covid-19, recorded a record Friday in cases of HIV infection requiring hospital admission, the Ministry of Health announced.
During the past 24 hours, 213 new people infected with the virus entered hospitals, bringing the total number of patients in hospitals to 14,333, according to official figures.
The previous record for HIV cases requiring hospitalization was 14,181 on August 17.
As of Friday, Peru had recorded 1,229,748 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (an increase of 8,439 in the past 24 hours), as well as 43,255 deaths, according to the ministry’s report.
The increase in the number of infections led to a shortage of oxygen for medical use, forcing hundreds of Peruvians to queue to get it for their sick relatives.
Vaccination for health workers in Peru began Tuesday, two days after the arrival of the first 300,000 doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, and a second batch of 700,000 doses is scheduled to arrive at the end of the week.
No date has yet been announced to start vaccinating the population.