In Peru, coronavirus patients who need oxygen resort to black market and its 1,000 percent markups

In Peru, coronavirus patients who need oxygen resort to black market and its 1,000 percent markups
A neighbor helps César García carry an oxygen tank home to his stepson, Mario Solís Rodríguez, who is bedridden with covid-19 in Lima, Peru. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) LIMA, Peru — Mario Solís Rodríguez needed oxygen. His mother had no choice. The creaking public hospitals were overwhelmed with patients. The government’s coronavirus hotline wasn’t responding to her desperate calls. So Denisse Rodríguez resorted to the black market. Scouring Facebook, the 48-year-old housewife found an informal vendor offering a tank for 4,500 sols — nearly $1,300. The oxygen was of unknown quality, its price a markup of around…Read more …