17 police officers die of coronavirus while enforcing lockdown

Seventeen police officers in Peru have died after contracting novel coronavirus while enforcing the nation’s pandemic lockdown, officials and state media said.

Authorities admitted earlier this week that at least 1,300 officers had been infected by COVID-19.

On Saturday new interior minister Gaston Rodriguez, who was sworn in a day earlier after the sudden resignation of his predecessor when the infections tally emerged, said:

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“We have 17 deceased police officers nationwide, 11 of them in Lima. The high number is linked to “the exposure that police officers have when intervening with people who violate the measures issued to contain the spread of the coronavirus.”

Peru has been on lockdown since March 16.


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