Measures to remain in force until February 14 as country looks to vaccines for way out of health crisis.

A volunteer has a medical checkup inside the clinical studies centre of the Cayetano Heredia University before being vaccinated with the Chinese potential vaccine against COVID-19 in Lima in December [File: Ernesto Benavides/AFP]

Peru introduced strict new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus on Tuesday night, as researchers said late-stage trials of China’s Sinopharm vaccine would continue after a volunteer who died was found to have been given a placebo rather than the actual vaccine.

President Francisco Sagasti announced a total lockdown of Lima, the capital, and nine other regions following a significant increase in COVID-19 cases, which he said had

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