Peru on Monday dramatically increased its official death toll from COVID-19 to 180,764, following a government review.
Peru has been among the worst-hit Latin American countries, with its hospitals overwhelmed with patients and increasing demand for available oxygen. Experts have long warned that the official statistics do not count the true number of dead.
The government said it would now update the death toll, which stood at 69,342 as of Sunday, in part due to a lack of tests that made it difficult to confirm whether a person had died from the virus or another cause.
Health Minister Oscar Ugarte said the criteria for identifying coronavirus as a cause of death had changed. Previously, only those with a “positive diagnostic test” were considered to have died of the virus, but other criteria have since been included.
The new COVID-19 tally includes deaths reported between March 2020 and May 22 this year. Among Latin American countries, only Brazil and Mexico have reported a higher number of deaths from the disease.
–From Reuters and The Associated Press, last updated at 7:15 a.m. ET
What’s happening all over Canada
As of early Tuesday morning, Canada had reported 1,381,582 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 33,752 considered active. CBC News’ death toll was 25,547. More than 23.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered so far across the country, according to the CBC Vaccine Tracker.
In Atlantic Canada on Monday, Nova Scotia It reported 17 new cases of COVID-19, continuing the downward trend in new cases. With case numbers declining, Prime Minister Ian Rankin announced that students in Halifax and Sydney will return to class on Thursday, a day after students in the rest of the province.
New Brunswick health officials reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Two new cases were reported in both cases Newfoundland and Labrador And the Prince Edward Island.
at QuebecOn Monday, health officials announced one death and 276 new cases — the county’s lowest single-day number since mid-September.
OntarioMeanwhile, 13 additional deaths and 916 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday. The county as of Monday had 617 people in intensive care units due to COVID-related illnesses.
In the prairie provinces, it was hit hard Manitoba It reported one additional death and 303 new cases of COVID-19, although officials noted that technical issues caused the number to drop on Monday and what will be surpassed later on Tuesday. Intensive care unit capacity remained an issue, with 71 people treated in the province’s intensive care units and an additional 36 patients in Ontario and Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan It reported one new death on Monday and 113 new cases of COVID-19.
at Alberta — which reported eight additional deaths and 263 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday — people can book appointments at barbershops, hair salons and other personal health services starting Tuesday. Public outdoor gatherings will double to 10 people from five, and restaurants can resume patio service.
Across the North, health officials in Northwest Territories On Monday it reported two new cases of COVID-19. No new cases were reported in Yukon And the Nunavut.
at British ColumbiaOn Monday, health officials reported 708 cases of COVID-19 over the past three days, along with 11 additional deaths.
-From CBC News and The Canadian Press, last updated at 7 a.m. ET
What is happening around the world
As of early Tuesday morning, more than 170.7 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, according to an online coronavirus tracking website operated by Johns Hopkins University. The reported global death toll has reached more than 3.5 million.
In the Asia Pacific In the region, Malaysia began a two-week national lockdown on Tuesday, with police checkpoints at junctions around the capital Kuala Lumpur as authorities grapple with a wave of COVID-19 infections that has reached record levels in recent weeks.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin described it as a “total closure”, although essential services are allowed and some factories can operate with a reduced workforce. The recent outbreak was more severe, in part due to the highly contagious variants.
Guangzhou, the manufacturing hub in southern China, imposed lockdowns on two neighborhoods after 11 additional cases of COVID-19 were detected in the city.
at AfricaSouth Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 32.6 percent in the first quarter of the year, Local media reported Tuesday. The hardest-hit country in Africa recently reinforced some public health restrictions for COVID-19 in the face of rising case numbers.
In the Middle east, The government media office said on Twitter that Dubai, the second largest member of the UAE federation, has started offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to youth aged 12 to 15.
at EuropeSpain is considering relaxing the rules for wearing face masks outdoors, as early as mid-June.
Italians may be eating and drinking indoors in bars and restaurants for the first time in months, and that includes the morning ritual of espresso or cappuccino at a local café. As of Tuesday, businesses had to either offer outdoor seating, or serve coffee in takeaway cups, warning customers to stay away from the bar before sipping or bypass virus restrictions.
Rome-based Paolo Leoni enjoyed a cup of espresso at Café Toraldo in central Rome. “One coffee gives us the feeling of living in peace again,” he said.
Italy began rolling back restrictions imposed by the pandemic in April as the number of new cases showed signs of a steady decline. So far, nearly 35 million people in the country of 60 million have received at least one injection of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In the AmericasHundreds of elderly people and health workers stood in long queues on Monday to receive vaccinations as part of Venezuela’s vaccination campaign, which has been disrupted by payment problems and political disagreements.
–From Reuters, Associated Press and CBC News, last updated at 9:15 a.m. ET