Tuesday, June 23, 2020
President Vizcarra confirmed that the Council of Ministers will meet tomorrow and discus the measures that have been taken so far and their effects after 100 days of the State of Emergency. While there will be a meeting, there is no guarantee that there will be an announcement of any extension tomorrow.
While the number of COVID cases rose a little, it was because there was a big increase in the number of tests reported. The good thing is that the percentage of positive tests continues to drop which means, even though they are testing a lot of people, fewer of them are testing positive for the coronavirus. Though slow, this is is a trend in the right direction that has been going on for awhile now.
In the meantime, things are still very quiet in the historical center of Cusco. Here are a couple of photos I took yesterday. (Click on each to see a larger version.)
Zamora on the 100 Days
Health Minister, Victor Zamora, in an interview RPP Noticias said that the numbers from a couple of weeks ago indicated “a hopeful future.”
“We are slowly decreasing in almost all indicators, he said. “We have already reached more than 14 thousand people who have been discharged, mortality is steadily decreasing, and the rate of infections is steadily falling in many regions. It has increased in others, so we cannot claim victory and must continue with the effort, but this is encouraging and allows us to begin this next phase of economic opening with figures that show that the epidemic is decreasing in its impact on society,” he said.
Zamora acknowledged that, despite efforts to multiply by 10 most of the services of the health system, they are likely to remain insufficient in some areas of the country. However, he said that the strategy to expand hospital and intensive care beds will continue because the government is still preparing for “an eventual rebound” after the reopening of some economic activities.
“We are dealing with different scenarios — the worst being a high-magnitude resurgence — and one scenario we can expect is that there will be, as in other parts of the world, targeted resurgences,” he said.
Daily COVID Update from Minsa
The Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported 3,363 cases to bring the nationwide total to 260,810. They also reported 181 deaths which makes a total of 8,404 across their country.
There are 10,588 patients hospitalized with Covid-19, of which 1,161 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation. So far 148,437 people have completed their period of home isolation or have been discharged from a health facility.
Lima continues to be the region with the highest number of Covid-19 infections to date with 147,372 followed by the regions of Callao (17 303), Piura (15 686), Lambayeque (12 552), La Libertad (8658), Loreto (8449), Ancash (7347), Ucayali (7229), Ica (6397), Arequipa (5981), San Martín (3700), Junín (3330), Tumbes (2346), Huánuco (1914), Amazonas (1655), Cusco (1631), Cajamarca (1631), Ayacucho (1569), Madre de Dios (1397), Pasco (881), Moquegua (864), Huancavelica (822), Tacna (810), Puno (788) and Apurimac (498).
Which Shopping Centers Are Open
Many shopping centers are already open across the country including 38 in metropolitan Lima and the Plaza Real in Cusco. RPP, in an interview with the president of the Asociación de Centros Comerciales del Perú (ACCEP), Carlos Neuhaus, reported the following:
Which shopping centers have the protocol ready?
Real Plaza – The company will open its premises in Salaverry, Pro, Primavera, Guardia Civil, Centro Civico, Villa Maria, Puruchuco, Santa Clara, Huancayo, Chiclayo, Cusco, Juliaca, Piura, Pucallpa, Sullana and Cajamarca, with schedules from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., approximately. Within this shopping center, the Ripley and Oeschle stores will be open again.
Jockey Plaza – The mall representatives announced that they will reopen this Monday respecting the biosecurity protocols.
La Rambla – The mall announced its reopening through Facebook, with a schedule from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The San Borja and Brasil Avenue locations will be available to the public.
San Miguel Square – The mall announced that it is now in compliance with all protocols to restart its operations. Hours of operation will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Larcomar – The establishment of the Parque Arauco company announced its restart through its social networks, ensuring compliance with all necessary protocols.
Mega Plaza – Another establishment of the Parque Arauco company has joined the list of premises that began operating on Monday. The premises that will open are those of Independencia, Villa El Salvador, Cañete, Chorrillos, Jaen, Barranca, Huaral.
Mall Aventura in Santa Anita
El Quinde Shopping Plaza in Cajamarca.
InOutlet in the premises of Faucett and Lurín avenues.
Via Mix in the premises of Av Colonial, Chorrillos and Malvinas.
What department stores will open?
Oeschle will open its stores in Lima, Chiclayo, Piura, Huancayo, Cusco, Juliaca, Cajamarca and Pucallpa.
Ripley – Only stores located in Lima
Paris – The stores of the Cencosud company announced that they will open in the Jockey Plaza, Mega Plaza, Bellavista and in La Rambla of the Brazil Avenue.
Saga Falabella – The enabled establishments are those of Jockey Plaza, Megaplaza, Mall del Sur, Open Plaza Angamos and San Miguel.
Sodimac – Open Plaza Angamos, Atocongo, La Marina, Canta Callao, Chiclayo, Huancayo and Piura.
Promart – They will open most of their stores including Piura and Moquegua from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will not open in Arequipa, Trujillo, Ica, Tarapoto, Pisco, Nuevo Chimbote, Pucallpa and Huanuco.
Where will they not be able to reopen?
Shopping centers will not be able to reopen in Ica, La Libertad, Arequipa, Huánuco, San Martín; and the provinces of Santa, Casma, and Huaraz, in the Ancash region.
More on Machu Picchu
El Comercio wrote a great piece on the current situation at Machu Picchu which is Peru’s — and probably South American’s — most important tourist attraction. Here are some of the highlights:
In an interview with Agence France-Presse, José Bastante, head of the Machu Picchu, explained that “there has been zero tourism since 16 March, in compliance with the decree”. It should be noted that tourism is the main source of income for the population of Machu Picchu town.
When will Machu Picchu open?
There was talk that the first phase of the reactivation of the Inca citadel would take place from July 1, but in recent days this was changed by the regional governor of Cusco, who emphasized that certain protocols still need to be approved for Machu Picchu to reopen to tourism.
In an interview with El Comercio, Jean Paul Benavente, regional governor of Cusco, explained that “permits and protocols are being processed. They have to be approved at the level of the competent sectors. At the same time, if the risk plan for health control is approved, there is no official date for the reopening of Machu Picchu.”
Benavente noted that this issue is defined by the Ministry of Culture, but that the protocols are already in place. “It will still be evaluated and awaiting sectoral approval. In the following weeks we will surely have better news,” added the president of the Management Unit of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Who gets in for free?
The Executive, through Legislative Decree No. 1507, has provided that public servants, children, adolescents and senior citizens, whether Peruvian or foreign, will have free access to Machu Picchu and other archaeological sites, museums, and natural areas of Peru.
“To reactivate tourism activity, affected by the advance of COVID-19, we must adapt to the new forms of tourism. In this sense, the promotion of domestic tourism and short trips will be some of the alternatives for the reactivation of this sector,” said Mincetur.
Although the measure will apply from July 1 to December 31, 2020, it must be taken into account that tourist attractions must approve certain biosecurity protocols for their reopening. In the specific case of Machu Picchu, the regional government of Cusco has made it clear that the wonder will not open on July 1 as planned.
What will be different for tourists?
Tourism will change in Machu Picchu. At least as we knew it. The circuits will be shorter, with an average duration of one to two hours, while the number of visitors allowed per day will reach 675. Another point to take into account is that the groups will be made up of 8 people including a guide on a mandatory basis.
As for bio-security protocols, the use of masks will be mandatory for all visitors and guides, as well as hand washing and footwear cleaning before entering the complex. In addition, the distance between people must be respected.
Regional Conservation Area “Q’eros – Kosñipata”
The Regional Conservation Area ‘Q’eros – Kosñipata’, which sits in the province of Paucartambo, an area considered within the 35 great landscapes of biodiversity of the planet for its incomparable wealth of species and endemism will soon be recognized by the government.
This geographical area extends from 950 to 4,418 meters above sea level, comprising diverse habitats that vary according to elevation, including humid puna grasslands, cloud forests and high altitude forests, contributing to the variety of unique species in its area.
This territory to be protected and preserved is located in the inter-basin of the Alto Madre de Dios, at the headwaters of the Pilcopata and Queros rivers, the main tributaries of the Alto Madre de Dios River.
The future Regional Conservation Area “Q’eros – Kosñipata” is the nucleus of the great conservation corridor Vilcabamba – Amboró, whose geographical area covers 30 million hectares and unites the countries of Peru and Bolivia, said the regional manager of Natural Resources and Environmental Management Maria Cazorla.
Cazorla said that the proposal and relevant documentation is before the national government bodies for the approval and provision of legal provisions that recognize this new regional conservation area, adding to those already in existence — Choquequirao, Tres Cañones, and Ausangate, where thousands of species are protected throughout the Cusco region.
Misc News Highlights
- The Regional Government of San Martin (Goresam) has started up an oxygen plant to produce 36 cylinders a day and, thus, help meet the demand for oxygen in the Tarapoto hospital. This plant will increase the oxygen supply —shipped by air every day— and the production of the complementary plant that is being set up in the hospital to generate 48 cylinders a day starting Tuesday.
- Peru’s net international reserves amounted to US$73.870 billion on June 17, the Central Reserve Bank (BCR) has reported. This level of reserves is equivalent to 32% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). International reserves guarantee the foreign currency availability in unusual situations that might occur due to external shocks resulting in eventual and possible withdrawals of foreign currency deposits and a subsequent capital flight from the financial system.
- The contract to complete Cusco’s Antonio Lorena Hospital will be signed next week with representatives from France. The hospital has been under construction for 8 years and completion is expected to be in 14 months.
- Peru received 250 mechanical ventilators from the United States. President Martin Vizcarra received these together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy.
COVID Reports from Across Peru
Most 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.)
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