Peru tops Covid-19 deaths per capita stats after revision

The death toll now stands at 180,764.

Peru has been among the hardest hit Latin America countries during the Covid-19 pandemic, with its hospitals overcrowded with patients and demand for oxygen outstripping availability. Experts had long warned that the true death toll was being undercounted in official statistics.

The government said it would now update its death count, which stood at 69,342 yesterday, in part because of a lack of testing that made it difficult to confirm whether a person had died due to the virus or some other cause.

Peru orders lockdown to fight rise in cases

President Francisco Sagasti said the increase in infections had pushed hospitals close to collapse. The lockdown will run from 31 January to 14 February, covering 10 regions.

The new restrictions include a closure of all non-essential shops, a ban on domestic air and land travel and the extension of a ban on flights coming from Europe to flights from Brazil in an attempt to curb new, more contagious strains of the virus.

The country has reported more than one million cases and about 40,000 deaths related to Covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Australia 0 Peru 2

Experienced striker Guerrero, who was only allowed to play in the tournament after the captains of Peru's World Cup opponents petitioned FIFA to temporarily lift his 14-month suspension for a failed drug test, made the most of what may have been his final appearance for Los Incas, who finished with three points to add to the many plaudits they have earned in Russia.

Their opener would have been worthy of winning any World Cup match, Andre Carrillo volleying Guerrero's weighted cross into the net to the unbridled joy of the raucous Peru fans packing the stands in Sochi.

Peru captain cleared for World Cup

The Swiss Federal Tribunal said in a statement on Friday (NZ time) that the 34-year-old would suffer "if he saw himself prevented from participating in a competition that will be the culmination of his career as a footballer, given that he did not act intentionally or with significant negligence."

Guerrero is now free to lead his country in their first World Cup appearance for 36 years. They face France, Australia and Denmark in Group C at the finals which start on June 14.

Peru fined for using lasers on All Whites

World's football's global governing body released the latest decisions of its Disciplinary Committee on Wednesday (NZ time), with Peru issued with 12 breaches.

Two of those related to their home-and-away playoff against New Zealand last month, which Peru won 2-0 on aggregate following a 2-0 win in the second leg in Lima.

Floods, mudslides kill dozens in Peru after unusually heavy rainfalls

Stunned residents watched and filmed on mobile phone cameras as Evangelina Chamorro escaped after being swept into an avalanche of mud, wood debris and farm animals, about 53 kilometres south of downtown Lima.

Ms Chamorro, 32, had just dropped her two daughters at school and was feeding her pigs alongside her husband when they were pulled into a landslide.

Armando Rivera, Ms Chamorro's husband, told RPP radio they climbed a tree but the trunk broke.

They held on to each other's hands but Ms Chamorro eventually lost her grip and got separated.