Take 2: New president in Peru, CDC holiday guidelines

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Hannah Gonzalez

The Take 2 series features brief weekly updates on the state or nation’s relevant news for the community.

Carlee George, Staff Writer

Peru Presidency: The interim president of Peru, Manuel Merino, resigned Sunday after being in office for only five days. He was appointed after the impeachment of Martin Vizcarra, a popular president. Congress impeached Vizcarra on allegations of corruption, though he denies those claims. Merino’s resignation makes the next president the nation’s fifth within the past five years. 

Significance: Merino resigned following a week of violent protests that left two dead and nearly 100 people injured. The protests were because of citizen’s anger over the impeachment of Vizcarra. The protesters were met with tear gas and rubber bullets and threw rocks in return. 

CDC on Thanksgiving: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a guidance on Thursday, detailing their message of staying home for a smaller gathering. They recommend staying in your household (people living there within the past 14 days) and taking precautions if you do travel. They also suggest eating outside, wearing a mask, and bringing your own food, drink and utensils. 

Significance: The new recommendations look very different from the traditional holiday. Some states are going beyond recommendations, though, and issuing curfews and travel restrictions. Laws and orders vary from state to state depending on the number of cases, but typically encourage or require testing prior to travel, or a self quarantine.