Peru’s president faces impeachment vote amid lethal coronavirus outbreak

Peru’s president faces impeachment vote amid lethal coronavirus outbreak
LIMA, Peru — President Martín Vizcarra faces a fast-track impeachment vote Friday in what critics have described as an attempted coup d'etat, while Peru struggles with one of the world's deadliest outbreaks of the coronavirus. Lawmakers moved to censure Vizcarra after recordings emerged last week in which he coordinated his government’s response to an influence-peddling scandal. His opponents claim the tapes indicate he ordered a visitors log to the presidential palace to be falsified to distance himself from a singer, known as Richard Swing, who received contracts, including as a motivational speaker, from…Read more …

The Next Lethal Disease to Sweep the Planet Could Be Lurking in the Amazon The Amazon basin has all factors that can generate new “zoonotic” diseases, and on a scale unprecedented in human history.

The Next Lethal Disease to Sweep the Planet Could Be Lurking in the Amazon The Amazon basin has all factors that can generate new “zoonotic” diseases, and on a scale unprecedented in human history.
LIMA, Peru — At first the young farmer from the village of Samuzabeti, deep in the Bolivian Amazon, had fever and a headache. A few days later, his bones were throbbing in pain. Then he started vomiting blood. Within two weeks, the previously healthy 22-year-old was dead. Doctors analyzing samples from his cadaver identified the cause of this strange Ebola-like sickness as a previously unknown member of the arenavirus family. They named it the Chapare virus, after the sweltering, coca-growing region where Samuzabeti is located. Since that small outbreak in January 2004, the pathogen…Read more …