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Martin Vizcarra, banned from public administration for allegedly receiving COVIDs suddenly, said he and his wife had tested positive.

Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra, who this month has been banned from public office on allegations jump the queue to get the coronavirus vaccine last year, he said he and his wife tested positive for COVID-19.

Vizcarra tweeted on Sunday the couple tested positive “despite getting the care needed to avoid bringing the virus home” and showing symptoms.

“My family is implementing the necessary isolation measures. Let’s not let our guard down, ”he said.

Vizcarra has faced criticism for not wearing masks or following the rules of physical distance in the process. Election campaign ahead of April 11 polls to choose the next Parliament and President of Peru.

Earlier this year, he was embroiled in a “VIP Vaccine” scandal in which several ministers and government officials received injections of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 before they were made public. .

Vizcarra has denied any wrongdoing, saying he and his wife were given an injection in October 2020 because they volunteered to participate in a clinical trial.

However, the doctor in charge of the test denied that.

Dr German Malaga testified in Peruvian parliament in mid-February, Vizcarra asked him for two vaccines and said that Vizcarra knew he and his wife would get the real one.

On April 17, Peru’s Congress banned the former president resigned from his public position for 10 years because of a scandal, concluding that he committed street vendors, collusion and false declarations.

Congress also banned former Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti and former Foreign Minister Elizabeth Astete from holding public positions for eight years and one year, respectively. Mazzetti and Astete both resignation about the vaccine scandal.

Peru has reported at least 1.75 million COVID-19 infections and more than 59,400 deaths since the pandemic began, according to an inventory from Johns Hopkins University.

The country, like several other countries in Latin America, has seen an increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths in recent weeks, prompting officials to take medical measures. public sector is more stringent.

People wait to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Lima, Peru on April 16 [Sebastian Castaneda/Reuters]

The government on Saturday issued a decree requiring Peruvians to wear two masks inside businesses such as grocery stores, shopping malls and pharmacies, and in crowded public areas, starting from monday. Everyone had to wear plastic visors.

Interim President Francisco Sagasti said on Thursday that Peru was at the height of its second growing pandemic and ordered the distribution of the masks free of charge.

Mandatory Sunday quarantine has also been reapplied in Lima, the capital, and in 41 of the country’s 196 provinces.

Peru is holding its presidential elections in June, and voters will choose between left-wing candidate Pedro Castillo and conservative Keiko Fujimori.



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