Thursday, March 26, 2020
The expected extension of the quarantine and curfew was announced by the President a little while ago. You can read about it here:
Quarantine and Curfew Extended 13 Days in Peru
COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise
100 new cases of COVID-19 across the country were announced this morning bringing the total to 580.
Confirmed cases have been reported in Lima (453), followed by the regions: Piura (20), Loreto (18), Arequipa (15), Callao (15), Lambayeque (12), Junin (11), Cusco (10), La Libertad (9), Ancash (6), Tumbes (3), Ica (3), Huanuco (2), Madre de Dios (1), San Martin (1), and Cajamarca (1).
I’ve been keeping track of the percentage of tests which are confirmed positive and that number made a significant increase. While it had been holding steady around 6%, the latest figures for yesterday show an 8.5% positive rate. While this is only a one day snapshot, hopefully it doesn’t indicate a trend.
Parts of Peru Will be Getting Increased Restrictions
Peru’s Interior Minister, Carlos Morán, told RPP Noticias that the President will announce a new curfew schedule for some regions.
“It is being evaluated to extend the restriction hours in Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Loreto,” he said.”
Plane Sighting in Cusco!
About 11:30 this morning I spotted a plane flying across the city before turning for the normal approach to the Cusco airport. I used to not pay any attention to planes as they came and went all day long, but now they grab my attention.
Maybe this is the flight coming in to pick up US passenger to take them to Miami (via Lima).
RPP Reports that Dozens of Tourists are Ignoring the Quarantine in Cusco
RPP just reported that “dozens” of tourists are ignoring the quarantine and going out in the historical center of Cusco.
Personally, I’ve seen large groups out without masks seemingly oblivious to the quarantine. Some have been escorted back to their place of residence by police and others have not. Perhaps it would be a good idea if the police started arresting people who are deliberately ignoring the State of Emergency as they are doing in other parts of Peru.
Peruvian Executive Branch Asks for More Power to Act Quickly
The Executive Branch of the Peruvian has requested that Congress delegate to it the power to legislate on in following areas: health, fiscal and tax policy, promotion of public investment, citizen security and internal order, work and promotion of employment and education.
Health Ministry Recommends Extension of Quarantine
Early this morning, the Minister of Health, Victor Zamora, said they are recommending an extension of the quarantine. He did not give a specific time they are recommending.
The Council of Ministers is meeting now look at all the data and they “hope” to make a decision today.
Early Morning Update from the US Embassy
Three flights for U.S. citizens are scheduled to depart Peru today: a flight from Iquitos to Miami, from Lima to Miami, & from Cusco to Miami via Lima. Please do not travel to the airport until you have received notification from us with confirmed flight details.
The Peruvian Government will release their final decision today on extending the State of Emergency and mandatory quarantine. We will disseminate this final decision via email and social media once announced.
[IMPORTANT NOTE: Unless the Embassy has been informed of something new, there is no guarantee that a decision on an extension of the quarantine will be made today. Though it’s expected, the President only said yesterday that the Council of Ministers “hopes” to make a decision today based after analyzing the latest data.]
Suspension of Payments Due for Utilities Proposed
The Popular Action (Acción Popular) caucus presented a bill to Congress that proposes the suspension for two months of the collection of water, electricity, gas, landline and cellular services, during the emergency by COVID-19.