March 18, 2020 / 5:49 PM / 19 days ago

Peruvian president announces nighttime curfew as coronavirus spreads

FILE PHOTO: Peru's President Martin Vizcarra attends a swearing-in ceremony at the government palace in Lima, Peru October 3, 2019. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru´s President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday announced an immediate restriction on overnight movement across the country in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Vizcarra said Peruvians should remain in their homes between 2000 local time (0100 GMT) and 0500 local time (1000 GMT).

The number infected by coronavirus in the country rose to 145, from 117 reported on Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Health.

Reporting by Marco Aquino, writing by Aislinn Laing; editing by Chris Reese

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