LIMA – A row of almost 300 portraits of healthcare professionals who have died from COVID-19 lines the sidewalk outside the Medical College of Peru in the capital Lima.
The memorial was launched in June 2020 with around 45 portraits to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the campaign against the virus. Currently, a new portrait is added every two days on average as COVID-19 continues to surge through the South American country.
Each portrait has a ledge where visitors can leave flowers and candles and at night the memorial is lit up by a chain of light bulbs. As of Friday, 275 health workers had died from COVID-19 in Peru, 129 of those were in the capital.
“We would all like to believe that this is a nightmare, but it’s not,” Miguel Palacios, dean of the Medical College, said in a statement Friday. “This virus is spreading faster, it is more aggressive and therefore more lethal.”
Peru has recorded over 40,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 1.1 million cases since the pandemic began.