Tuesday, May 12, 2020
While the number of COVID cases in Cusco has skyrocketed recently, the Regional Health Directorate has stopped publishing statistics. As of this morning, there has been nothing in two days despite never missing a day before that. Loreto has not published anything since May 6.
Despite the fourth day in a row without a Presidential press conference, there’s still a lot of news to share today.
COVID Stats from Minsa
The Ministry of Health announced today that the number of COVID-19 cases across the country has risen to 72,059. (Perhaps it’s a good sign that this is the second day in a row that the percentage of positive test has shown a decrease.)
There are 6,862 patients hospitalized with Covid-19, of which 797 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation. So far 23,324 people have completed their period of home isolation or have been discharged from a health facility. The total number of deaths so far has risen to 2,057.
Lima reports 46,507 cases followed by the regions of Callao (5584), Lambayeque (3856), Piura (2598), Loreto (1933), La Libertad (1566), Ancash (1553), Ucayali (1437), Arequipa (1208), Ica (1132), Junín (855), Tumbes (507), San Martín (489), Cusco (442), Cajamarca (375), Huánuco (341), Ayacucho (270), Amazonas (249), Huancavelica (203), Puno (180), Tacna (178), Pasco (171), Moquegua (167), Madre de Dios (163) and Apurimac (95).
Free Access for Some to Major Tourist Sites
The Ministry of Commerce and Tourism announced legislation (Legislative Decree No. 1507) which “authorizes free access for public servants, children, adolescents and senior citizens to archaeological sites, museums, historical places and natural areas in the country.” This applies to both Peruvians and foreigners.
The law provides that this group of people may visit, from July 1 to December 31, 2020, a total of 55 cultural sites and 22 natural protected areas, including the archaeological park of Machu Picchu and the network of Inca Paths.
The law also authorized 20 millions for the continued maintenance of all sites as well as to help them adapt to new health and sanitation protocols required.
Below is a list of sites as taken directly from the law:
|1||Sitio Arqueológico Chavín||Ancash|
|2||Líneas y geoglifos de Nazca||Ica|
|3||Museo Nacional de la Cultura Peruana||Lima|
|4||Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán||Lambayeque|
|5||Museo Arqueológico Nacional Bruning||Lambayeque|
|6||Museo Nacional de Sicán||Lambayeque|
|7||Monumento Arqueológico Huaca Ventarrón||Lambayeque|
|8||Complejo arqueológico de Chan Chan||La Libertad|
|9||Complejo Arqueológico Huacas del Sol y Luna – Moche||La Libertad|
|10||Complejo Arqueológico Huaca el Brujo||La Libertad|
|11||Sala de Exhibición “Gilberto Tenorio Ruiz”||Amazonas|
|12||Monumento Arqueológico de Kuélap||Amazonas|
|13||Museo Arqueológico de Ancash “Augusto Soriano Infante”||Ancash|
|14||Museo de Arqueología, Antropología e Historia Natural de Ranrairca – Yungay||Ancash|
|15||Museo Arqueológico Antropológico de Apurímac||Apurímac|
|16||Museo Histórico Regional “Hipólito Unanue”||Ayacucho|
|17||Museo de Sitio de la Quinua||Ayacucho|
|18||Museo Arqueológico y Etnográfico del conjunto Monumental de Belén||Cajamarca|
|19||Museo Regional “Daniel Hernández Murillo”||Huancavelica|
|20||Museo Arqueológico y Palacio Inka “Samuel Humberto Espinoza Lozano de Huaytará”||Huancavelica|
|21||Museo Regional de Ica “Adolfo Bermudez Jenkins”||Ica|
|22||Museo de Sitio Julio C. Tello de Paracas||Ica|
|23||Museo Regional de Junín (Chupaca)||Junín|
|24||Museo Amazónico Loreto||Loreto|
|25||Sala de Oro del Museo Municipal de Vicús||Piura|
|26||Monumento Arqueológico Sillustani||Puno|
|27||Templo Museo “Nuestra Señora de Asunción” de Juli||Puno|
|28||Museo Departamental de San Martín||San Martín|
|29||Museo Histórico Regional de Tacna||Tacna|
|30||Museo de Sitio de las Peañas||Tacna|
|31||Zona Arqueológica y Museo de Sitio Jiménez Borja||Lima|
|32||Monumento Arqueológico Cumbe Mayo||Cajamarca|
|33||Complejo Arqueológico y Museo de Sitio Huallamarca||Lima|
|34||Zona Arqueológica Monumental de Kotosh: Templo Manos Cruzadas, Templo de los Nichitos, Templo Blanco||Huánuco|
|35||Monumento Arqueológico de Pachacámac y Museo de Sitio||Lima|
|36||Complejo Arqueológico Mateo Salado||Lima|
|37||Monumento Arqueológico de Caral-Supe, Patrimonio Mundial||Lima|
|38||Monumento Arqueológico de Aspero||Lima|
|39||Monumento Arqueológico de Vichama||Lima|
|40||Yacimiento Arqueológico de Wari y Museo de Sitio||Ayacucho|
|41||Monumento Arqueológico de Huaca Rajada||Lambayeque|
|42||Monumento Arqueológico de Túcume Ruta A y B||Lambayeque|
|43||Monumento Arqueológico Chotuna – Chornancap||Lambayeque|
|44||Parque Arqueológico de Tipon||CUSCO|
|45||Parque Arqueológico de Pikillacta||CUSCO|
|46||Parque Arqueológico de Ollantaytambo||CUSCO|
|47||Parque Arqueológico de Pisaq||CUSCO|
|48||Parque Arqueológico de Chinchero||CUSCO|
|49||Parque Arqueológico de Moray||CUSCO|
|50||Parque Arqueológico de Saqsayhuaman||CUSCO|
|51||Sitio Arqueológico Qenqo||CUSCO|
|52||Sitio Arqueológico Puka Pukara||CUSCO|
|53||Sitio Arqueológico Tambomachay||CUSCO|
|54||Museo de Sitio Regional||CUSCO|
|55||Parque Arqueológico de Machupicchu, red de Camino Inka y Museo de Sitio “Manuel Chávez Ballón” de Machupicchu CUSCO||CUSCO|
Cusco Requests Change in Curfew Hours
The COVID-19 Command has requested that the curfew hours in Cusco be changed to 6 pm to 6 am. (As of last night it was still 8 pm to 4 am.) This request was submitted to the President of the Council of Ministers. As of 2 pm there had been no notification that it had been approved.
Dr. Pablo Grajeda, Director of Health Intelligence of the Regional Health Directorate of Cusco, said that greater control over markets and public transportation will be implemented as this is the primary source of the current community spread of the coronavirus.
“Our greatest concern is to reduce all possibilities of community contagion, and to that end we call on citizens to support us by keeping and complying with protocols for personal hygiene, distance and obligatory isolation,” said Grajeda.
Beware of Unauthorized COVID Tests in Cusco
Yesterday authorities raided three different locations where unauthorized COVID-19 test kits were held and apparently being sold or utilized illegally. Here’s is a translation of the press release from the Regional Health Directorate in Cusco:
The Regional Health Directorate, in coordination with the Public Prosecutor’s Office for the Prevention of Crime and the National Police, intervened in the Medical Centre Clinical Laboratory, where rapid tests for the elimination of Coronavirus were illegally offered.
The owner of the facility, located on the main street of Avenida de la Cultura, had in her possession a box of rapid tests for the elimination of Covid-19 , which contained 19 kits for the elimination of coronavirus.
According to Ministerial Resolution No. 231-2020-MINSA, the health care institutions (health facilities and medical support services authorized for clinical analyses) are the only institutions authorized to conduct the rapid test of COVID-19, as well as the rapid response teams or personnel duly authorized by the Regional Health Directorate of Cusco under the technical parameters regulated by MINSA.
The Regional Health Directorate calls on the general population not to be surprised by unscrupulous people who profit from the health of the population, and who clandestinely offer rapid tests to discard COVID-19, even putting their health at risk.
Misc News Highlights
- In operations carried out on Monday in the markets of Ciudad de Dios in San Juan de Miraflores and Condevilla in Los Olivos, 50% of the traders tested positive for COVID-19, according to Alexandro Saco, director of Health Promotion of the Ministry of Health.
- Geovanni Acate Coronel, APP congressman from Loreto, asked the Ministry of Health to take control of the COVID operations in the region, saying that the regional government is not in a position to do so because of corruption.
- The Peruvian government is currently intervening in the operations of 36 local markets in redesigning their layouts to facilitate greater distancing as well as safe storage and delivery of products. Nearly 400 markets across the country are targeting for possible government intervention.
- This morning the Minister of Defense, Walter Martos, announced that those markets that comply with the protocols and security measures in the presence of the coronavirus (covid-19) will be granted a bonus of up to 2 million soles. “”The Ministry of Economy and Finance has implemented a program, a bonus for those markets that comply with safety requirements,” he said “and they will be given a bonus of up to 2 million soles so that, with that money, they can continue to implement health measures.”
- The president of the Medical Federation of Áncash, Richard Bobadilla, reports that the region of Ancash has no COVID tests available. “”For 10 days we have not had rapid tests, except for the Regional Hospital of Huaraz, which has some tests, but priority is given to patients who require specialized treatment,” he said. “If no cases are being detected in Áncash, it’s because no tests are being done.”
- The Acción Popular party proposed a bill in the legislature to suspend regional governors and mayors who spend less than 30% of their budget in situations of national emergency, such as the health crisis caused by COVID-19.
- Transport Minister Carlos Lozada said that transport companies that suspended activities due to the state of emergency by COVID-19, will be able to provide services to workers of private and public companies, according to a regulation that will be approved by their sector. “”We are about to approve a regulation that will allow the tourist transport system, which is suspended, as well as the school mobility service, which is also suspended, and inter-provincial transport to provide a service to workers from different companies, both public and private,” Lozada told RPP Noticias.
COVID Reports 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.
Note: nothing has been reported from Loreto — the most devastated region in the country — since May 6.
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.)
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