Around 100,000 children lost parents to Covid in Peru. Peru’s overall Covid deaths per capita are highest in the world. leaving many children across the country to deal with the loss of their caregivers. Covid-19 has killed at least one parent or primary caregiver for nearly 100,000 children in Peru, the country with the world’s highest coronavirus death rate.

“Unfortunately our country has almost 98,000 children who lost their father, mother or guardian during the pandemic,” Peru’s Minister of Women Anahi Durand said on Thursday, citing figures published in the medical journal The Lancet.

Peru leads the world in overall Covid deaths per capita, with more than 6,000 Peruvians per million having died from the disease.

The government currently provides a pension of $50 (200 soles) every two months to more than 18,000 families.

Durand hopes to expand the benefit to cover psychological and educational support and to reach more than 83,000 children and adolescents.

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Documentation challenge

A key issue under the current system is that many families lack the necessary documentation to receive the benefit, Durand said.

“Many families come to us and want to access the pension, but they do not have a death certificate for Covid-19. In the first and second wave people died at home. They did not have conditions to get that certificate,” she explained.

The country of 33 million is undergoing its third Covid wave and has recorded more than two million cases.

More than 202,900 people in Peru have died since the beginning of the global pandemic in early 2020.

Heaviest snow will move into Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and up to 3 inches of snow is expected in the capital Washington, the second snowstorm in a week.

The eastern United States, from Tennessee to New York, faces stronger winds and heavier snow overnight, likely causing the first “bomb cyclone” of the 2022 winter season in the region, forecasting service AccuWeather has said.

A bomb cyclone is an intense weather event in which the barometric pressure drops quickly, causing heavy precipitation and producing powerful winds.

The heaviest snow will move into Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee on Thursday night; up to 3 inches of snow are expected in the nation’s capital, the second snowstorm in a week.

New York City could see up to 6 inches of snow on Friday, Accuweather said.

READ MORE: US snowstorm halts motorists on impassable Virginia highway

Storm warnings

Winter storm warnings are in place along much of the Northeast coast, according to the National Weather Service, with the heavy snowfall expected as far north as Maine if the storm strengthens fast enough.

“The farther north you go, the bigger the snow accumulations” AccuWeather’s Chief Video Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.

Earlier this week, a winter storm unleashed heavy snow and strong winds throughout much of the US Southeast and mid-Atlantic, forcing schools to close, grounding airplanes and knocking out power for thousands of people.

Vehicle full of bodies found outside a town hall in Zacatecas, a northern Mexican state gripped by a turf war between rival drug cartels, authorities say.

Mexican authorities have arrested two suspects after an SUV filled with 10 bodies was left outside the office of a Mexican state governor in a public square lit up with Christmas tree and holiday decorations.

David Monreal, governor of the central state of Zacatecas, said on Thursday in a video filmed at the plaza that the car contained bodies of people with apparent signs of beating and bruising.

“They came to leave them here in front of the palace,” he said, referring to his offices in a centuries-old building at the Plaza de Armas of the state capital, also called Zacatecas.

The Zacatecas public security agency said in a statement that government officials found the car, a Mazda SUV, after noting a suspicious vehicle driving in the area.

The federal security ministry said there were 10 bodies inside.

‘Cursed inheritance’

Monreal said security has been a major challenge in Zacatecas and that he would reduce the violence.

“Bit by bit we will recover our peace. What we received was a cursed inheritance,” he said.

In a tweet later in the day, Monreal said two suspects “linked to the events” had been arrested.

Zacatecas has become one of the most violent regions of the country due to turf wars among rival gangs.

US President Joe Biden has harshly criticised his predecessor Donald Trump and vowed to defend democracy on the first anniversary of the January 6 Capitol riot.

In a dark, powerful address on Thursday, Biden called out Trump’s effort to cheat and blasted the mob of the Republican’s supporters who stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent certification of the election result.

“This was an armed insurrection,” Biden said in his speech from Statuary Hall inside the Capitol.

“For the first time in our history, a president not just lost an election. He tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power,” Biden said.

‘He values power over principle’

“The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election,” Biden said.

“He values power over principle.”

During the assault on Congress, Trump was “sitting in the private dining room off the Oval Office in the White House, watching it all on television and doing nothing for hours,” Biden said, his anger clear.

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