Roundup: Coronavirus Update from Peru, Tajikistan

Despite coronavirus cases in the US approaching 1.2 million this week, the governors of many American states allowed stay-at-home orders to expire. Protests incited by quarantine-fatigue, economic hardship, and in some cases, encouraged by the president, have ratcheted up pressure on governors to reopen economies. Meanwhile, many nations are seeing a steep upward trajectory in the virus’ exponential spread, including the glacier nations of Peru and Tajikistan.

In Peru, a mother carried her three-year-old child, who died in her arms. She had brought him to Lima to seek medical treatment, but then returned to the highlands in the country’s interior.

According to Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 45,000 confirmed cases in Peru, with more than 1,200 dead. People who return to the highlands from Lima have to quarantine.

El Informante Perú reports 47 prisoners and four employees tested positive for coronavirus in the prison in Huaraz, in the Cordillera Blanca.

Tajikistan, a mountainous country in the Pamirs of Central Asia, had seemed to largely avoid coronavirus impacts until reports of cases recently surfaced. Though Johns Hopkins University reports just 230 cases and three deaths there, some of the tweets below suggest a more complicated picture emerging.

On April 30, the Daily Sabah reported Tajikistan detected its first 15 cases.

Overcrowding was reported at the country’s National Medical Center (Karobolo hospital). On May 2, one Twitter user reported the mother of a popular Tajik activist was denied care.

A tweet by Tajik Culture on May 2 reports “Unfortunately, the pandemic situation in Tajikistan is getting worse.”

On May 3, a medical student in Dushanbe, the capital city and the country’s largest population center, reported a rapid spread of coronavirus.

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