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ALMOST 100,000 CHILDREN HAVE LOST THEIR PARENTS TO COVID-19 – PERU’S GOVERNMENT SAYS

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

According to Peru’s government, Covid-19 has killed at least one parent or primary caregiver for approximately 100,000 children, making it the country with the highest coronavirus death rate in the world.

“Unfortunately, about 98,000 children in our nation lost their father, mother, or guardian as a result of the pandemic,” said Anahi Durand, Peru’s Minister of Women, citing numbers published in the medical journal The Lancet.

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According to an AFP study of official numbers, Peru leads the globe in overall Covid deaths per capita, with more than 6,000 Peruvians per million dying from the disease.

More than 18,000 families receive a stipend of 200 soles ($50) every two months from the government.

Durand intends to expand the benefit to include psychological and educational services, reaching nearly 83,000 children and adolescents.

According to Durand, a major problem with the existing system is that many families lack the proper papers to get the payment.

“Many families come to us wanting to access the pension, but they don’t have a Covid-19 death certificate,” she explained. “People died at home in the first and second waves, and they didn’t have the conditions to get that certificate.”

The country of 33 million people is experiencing its third Covid wave, with over two million cases reported.

Since the global epidemic began in early 2020, more than 202,900 individuals have died in Peru.

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