Latin America's pandemic tragedy as death toll nears one million


PISCO, Peru (Reuters) -Hellen Ñañez has suffered enough tragedy for a lifetime. The Peruvian 28-year-old mother has mourned the death of 13 close relatives since the pandemic struck last year: uncles, cousins, a grandfather. Now her dad is fighting for his life.

Peru's sol soars as socialist Castillo loses ground to right-wing Fujimori

LIMA Peru's sol currency on Monday posted its biggest daily gain in just over five years after opinion polls showed the gap closing between socialist front-runner Pedro Castillo and the right-wing Keiko Fujimori ahead of June 6 presidential elections.

May 10 2021

Peru election race tightens as Fujimori gains, poll shows

LIMA Peruvian right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori has shrunk the gap on socialist rival Pedro Castillo in the country's presidential election race, according to a poll released on Friday, signally a closer contest in the June 6 vote.

May 07 2021

Peru presidential race tightens as candidates battle for poor, undecided voters

LIMA Peru's presidential election race is tightening a month ahead of a run-off vote in June, with socialist Pedro Castillo still ahead, while pollsters say the key battles are in poor, rural regions and in convincing a large group of undecided voters.

May 03 2021

Top Peru presidential candidate vows to curb foreign firms 'looting' mining wealth

LIMA Peruvian presidential election front-runner, socialist Pedro Castillo, said on Saturday he would, if elected, review contracts with foreign miners in the copper-rich country and seal a deal for Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.

May 01 2021

Peru presidential front-runner Castillo returns to campaign trail after health blip

LIMA The front-runner in Peru's presidential race, left-winger Pedro Castillo, returned to the campaign trail on Friday, a day after he was rushed to a clinic in the capital Lima for treatment for a respiratory illness, he told supporters in a tweet.

Apr 30 2021

Peru presidential front-runner Castillo rushed to clinic, suspends campaigning

LIMA Peruvian front-running left-wing presidential candidate Pedro Castillo was rushed to a clinic in Lima on Thursday for "respiratory" illness, forcing him to suspend campaigning, the candidate's party said on social media.

Apr 29 2021

Latin America's vaccine shortage threatens fragile revival as pandemic rages

BUENOS AIRES/LA PAZ/BOGOTA Latin Americans, hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, are struggling to get vaccinated, a threat to the region's fragile economic recovery as lockdowns tighten amid a dangerous surge of infections and rising death tolls.

Peru socialist stretches lead in presidential race, poll shows

LIMA Peruvian left-wing candidate Pedro Castillo has stretched his lead in the Andean country's presidential election race, according to a poll released Sunday, with almost double the level of support of conservative opponent Keiko Fujimori.

Apr 25 2021

'No Chavismo here': Peru socialist candidate Castillo seeks to calm jittery markets

LIMA Peruvian socialist presidential front-runner Pedro Castillo assured the Andean nation on Thursday he would not nationalize companies and would honor the rule of law, a move aimed at calming jittery markets after a second opinion poll showed his lead growing against right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori.

Apr 22 2021