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Peru slammed by oxygen shortage as coronavirus deaths spike

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The death toll in Peru continued to mount on Friday, February 19th, as a relentless second wave of the coronavirus left many hospitals short of oxygen for critical patients even as daily infections continued to climb.

In Lima, long lines snake down city blocks as friends and relatives seek to snatch up the last remaining bottled oxygen available in the capital. Oxygen has tripled in price in some regions, officials say, as price gougers squeeze the desperate.

“Many people have already died, you understand me?” said Soledad Fernández as she waited at one of few . . .

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