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LatinNews Daily - 28 January 2021

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In brief: Peru announces emergency economic measures

* Peru’s Prime Minister Violeta Bermúdez has announced that an emergency subsidy worth PEN600 (US$165) will be delivered to more than 4m families in the ten regions put back into lockdown on 26 January, following the onset of a ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Peru. Bermúdez also outlined plans to offer tax relief to companies in the affected regions, and to provide emergency food support to those in particular need. Following Peru’s first wave of the pandemic back in 2020, former president Martín Vizcarra (2018-2020), faced criticism for focusing emergency economic support on large companies rather than on vulnerable households, compromising the effectiveness of lockdown measures. The interim government led by Francisco Sagasti has faced calls to learn from these mistakes in its efforts to contain this latest surge in cases.