Saturday, May 9, 2020
It’s been a busy day considering we got the news that we’re staying in quarantine for two more weeks. Took advantage of the gorgeous weather in Cusco to get out and make a couple of lengthy trips to supermarkets. I even got a haircut from the lady who’s been cutting my hair for the past 2 years. I was getting worried!
The President hinted yesterday that the police and military would be working together more to enforce the social isolation laws and tat appears to be the case. I’ve heard anecdotal stories of such in Lima and it was obvious this morning in Cusco.
I saw numerous checkpoints on the street where police were stopping drivers with lots of armed soldiers standing nearby. I was even asked for my ID for the first time in 15 years. The young soldier looked at it and said, “oh, un extranjero!”
He was very friendly and we talked for while. He said they were glad to finally be doing a little more.
COVID-19 Stats from Minsa
The Ministry of Health (Minsa) today announced that the number of COVID-19 cases in Peru has risen to 65,015.
There are 6,220 patients hospitalized with Covid-19, of which 748 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation. Of the total number of positive cases, 20,246 people have completed their period of home isolation or have been discharged from a health facility. The number of deaths has risen to 1,814.
Lima continues to be the region with the highest number of with 41,844 followed by the regions of Callao (5217), Lambayeque (3628), Piura (2388), Loreto (1735), Ancash (1472), La Libertad (1394), Ucayali (1255), Ica (930), Arequipa (904), Junín (764), Tumbes (478), and San Martín (428), Cusco (366), Cajamarca (351), Huánuco (331), Ayacucho (222), Amazonas (221), Huancavelica (185), Tacna (171), Puno (164), Moquegua (163), Pasco (162), Madre de Dios (150) and Apurimac (92).
Misc News Highlights
- Over 400,000 new protective masks have been received in Loreto and are being distributed. Yesterday 1500 masks were taken to the indigenous communities of Cuninico, Santa Rosa, Nueva Esperanza and San Francisco and preventative advice was given to families in these remote pueblos.
- In Huancay (Junín region) 225 tests were performed in the ex Malteria market and 20 merchants were found to be infected with COVID-19.
Survey on Education
A new survey conducted by CPI was released this morning showing that, while 84% of the country is satisfied with the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, 60% of Peruvians are not satisfied with the current remote education program with almost exact results in Lima and the rest of the country.
For urban households, 60.7% have a household member who is enrolled in school. Of this group, 96.7% have been receiving remote classes (95.6% in Metropolitan Lima and 97.6% in the interior of the country). This shows an almost total coverage of virtual education.
Survey on Personal Finance
More survey results released today from CPI showed that 69% of Peruvians say they have accumulated debt during the current crisis:
- 58.6% – bank loans
- 49.8% – basic services such as water and electricity
- 20% – school fees
- 10.6% – credit cards
- 7.8% – rent
- 4.8% – cell phone service
Surprisingly, 72% of Peruvians say they have received no help from any government or private entities.
76.6% of Peruvians say they will require help due to the vulnerable situation in which they have been left due to the state of emergency. Of these, 70% say their main need is food and provisions, 27.4% need economic assistance, 24.3% request a government bond (bonus), and 4.8% require medication.
90.3% of Peruvians reveal that their family income has decreased due to the quarantine while only 9.6% report that their income stayed the same.
On average, the economic income of the Peruvian household has been reduced by 68% both in Metropolitan Lima and in the interior of the country. More than 20% of the population surveyed said that their income had decreased at least 95% while 34% said that their salary has been reduced between 30-50% of what they regularly receive.
List of Permitted Restaurants Should be Published This Week
Edgar Vasquez, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), says that the list of restaurants approved for operation should be published on Wednesday or Thursday of the coming week along with an exact date for the resumption of these activities as well as the authorized geographic areas.
“We estimate that between Wednesday and Thursday the documents will be published, so that the restaurant sector can have the clarity of the protocol to be implemented and start their authorization and registration processes, having the fundamental criterion of this stage to guarantee the health of workers and customers,” said Vasquez to Radio Nacional.
COVID in Cusco
The Regional Health Directorate of Cusco announced that the total number of cases in the region has risen by 37 to 338. The number of test results reported yesterday was the highest so far at 901 which likely accounts for the higher number of new cases. Only 4% of the tests came back positive which is far below the nation average. One more person has been released from the hospital and 20 more people were confirmed as no longer infected meaning that only 172 people in the region of 1.2 million currently are known to have COVID-19.
COVID in the Amazon
If you missed this piece I posted this morning, I think you should to get an idea of how bad it is in Iquitos right now. Iquitos has become one of the worst places in the world to be right now in terms of the effects of the coronavirus. To read it, click the link below:
COVID-19 Updates From Across Peru
Many Regional Health Directorates post graphics each day on the current situation in their region each day. I’m going to try to keep up with these as best as I can for those regions that are particularly problematic so people can keep up with what is specifically happening in other parts of the country where there are particularly serious problems.
Most regions post daily reports late on the night before (but not all) so this is the latest information available. (Be sure to click on individual graphics to see a larger size.You might have to click on the top half of the graphic to click. Sorry, it’s a bug I haven’t been able to solve.)
US Embassy Update
Alert: AC Tours Flight May 16 and Peru Quarantine Extension, Peru (May 9, 2020)
Event: Private tour operator AC Tours has notified the U.S. Embassy that it is organizing a possible repatriation flight from Lima to New York (JFK) next Saturday, May 16. The flight is open to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). Interested travelers should complete the following form: https://actours.typeform.com/to/Zh53sU. This is not a U.S. Embassy flight. For more information, contact AC Tours directly by calling +51 (1) 415 2040, email email@example.com or visit their website http://www.actoursperu.com/.
Eastern Airlines: A limited number of tickets are still available for the Eastern Airlines flight on Wednesday, May 13, from Lima to Miami (MIA). Eastern flights are open to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). To purchase tickets, visit https://goeasternair.com, call +1 (855) 216-7601, or WhatsApp +52-1-800-953-1800.
Peru Quarantine Extension: Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra announced yesterday, May 8, that Peru’s state of emergency and quarantine measures will remain in effect through 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 24. Beginning on Monday, May 11, the mandatory nightly curfew hours will be reduced in Lima and much of the country, with curfew beginning at 8:00 pm and ending at 4:00 am. Curfew hours in the regions of La Libertad, Lambayeque, Loreto, Piura, and Tumbes will remain 4:00 pm – 4:00 am. The all-day Sunday curfew will continue throughout Peru during the extended state of emergency period. We encourage all U.S. citizens in Peru to comply with the Peruvian government’s quarantine measures and to follow the instructions of Peruvian authorities. Limit your time outside, carry your identification and phone, and remember that the use of a facemask is required in public. Grocery stores and some other business may also require gloves.
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