Source: Xinhuanet

LIMA, May 31 (Xinhua) — Peru reported 8,805 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 135 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total caseload of infections to 164,476 and the death toll to 4,506.

Currently, 8,882 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, with 988 in intensive care units and on ventilators, the Health Ministry said.

Despite WHO’s advice against using the medication on COVID-19 patients, Peru will continue to use the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine to treat patients, Health Minister Victor Zamora said, adding that it was recommended by a team of experts.

Peru’s lockdown has been extended to June 30 in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Related: Brazil stands by hydroxychloroquine despite WHO

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