Less than two months away from Peru's presidential election, latest polls are estimating that no candidate is reaching over 12% of voting intentions. The Institute for Peruvian Studies expects Yohny Lescano to secure around 11.3% of votes, and Verónika Mendoza around 8.9%, followed by George Forsyth with 8.1%, Keiko Fujimori with 8.1% and Rafael López Aliaga with 7.6%.
The app Plin, allowing payments between people and small businesses since January 2020, now has over 3 million users in Peru. After partnerships with BBVA, Interbank and Scotiabank, the app that authorises maximum daily payments of 1,500 soles ($410) will soon include Caja Arequipa for this bank's clients to join.
Peru's Health Ministry announced that private companies and regional governments were allowed to negotiate and buy vaccine doses for their 3 million workforce from foreign pharmaceuticals, as long as the vaccine is registered in the country and the vaccination process is followed. Russia's ambassador in Peru declared his country was prepared to start negotiating Sputnik V vaccine.
Peru's President announced that it would soon approve a new 20 million sole ($5.47 million) economic stimulus programme to support artists and cultural groups whose occupations were deeply affected by the pandemic. The government expects to help the realisation of 4,000 projects in this sector this year.
Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development donated 63,360 PCR reagents for COVID-19, worth around $224,977, to Peru's Health Ministry. The tests are to be distributed in the most affected regions of the country in order to detect the virus early enough for people to be isolated and avoid contaminating others.