Wednesday, July 29, 2020
With about 2 days left in the nation’s current State of Emergency, there still is not announcement about what will happen when it ends after Friday.
I expect something to be announced tonight or in the morning in the form of an official decree published in the newspaper La Republica, but I also expected something to be announced last night, too, so who really knows anything except they’re running out of time.
In the meantime, The COVID Operations Command of the Cusco Region has called for a voluntary quarantine “until the Presidency of the Council of Ministers processes the request for Focused Quarantine in the Province of Cusco.”
There’s almost no coverage of this as it was announced late this afternoon.
Looks like I won’t sleep much again tonight waiting for something to be announced…
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Health Minister on Quarantine
Andina News reported that Peruvian Health Minister, Pilar Mazzetti, said today that quarantines focused on some regions constitute a good alternative within the strategy to face the coronavirus pandemic in Peru.
Thus, there is permanent coordination with regional governments for their implementation.
The high-ranking official argued that the Ministry of Health (Minsa) coordinates with the corresponding regional governments the implementation of this measure —taking into account the impact of COVID-19 in certain provinces— in order to reduce the level of infections and deaths from this disease.
“I think it is a very interesting alternative at the moment. The regions request targeted quarantines in certain areas (…). The governors tell us: ‘Here is the problem,’ while the director or regional health manager tells us about the clinical issues,” she expressed.
The Cabinet member said that quarantines focused on some provinces belonging to Cajamarca and Cusco regions have been approved. In fact, since July 26, a localized quarantine has been in force in Cajamarca, Jaen and San Ignacio (Cajamarca region), as well as in La Convencion (Cusco region).
According to Supreme Decree 129-2020-PCM, in these provinces the transit of people will be allowed only for the provision, as well as access to services and essential goods.
Likewise, curfew is in force from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. the following day. On Sunday, social immobilization is mandatory throughout the day.
Thus, the aforementioned provinces of Cajamarca and Cusco join the following regions: Ancash, Arequipa, Huanuco, Ica, Junin, Madre de Dios and San Martin, where the quarantine is in place, too.
The Minister also assured that —although there has been a slow increase in infections— this does not mean that there is a re-emergence of the epidemic in the country.
“The Situational Room website shows a slow increase in cases, but we are not seeing a large increase in cases that would make us think of a regrowth or something like that, at least for now,” she emphasized.
COVID in Cusco: Voluntary Quaratine Requested
The COVID Operations Command of the Cusco Region has called for a voluntary quarantine “until the Presidency of the Council of Ministers processes the request for Focused Quarantine in the Province of Cusco.”
The Regional Health Directorate did not release any COVID data today. Maybe tomorrow…
Dr. Pablo Grajeda, former president of the COVID-19 Command explained that more than 900 bottles are needed for oxygen, however, as of now there are only 190 to supply the different health facilities in Cusco.
Similarly, Dario Navarro, head of the Regional Directorate of Health Cusco announced that many bottles are missing as many patients who used them did not return them.
It’s estimated that each patient needs about three bottles of oxygen to continue their treatment and save their lives.
PeruRail Announces Local Train Service to Machu Picchu
Starting today, the local train service for the district of Machu Picchu and the communities will operate from Monday to Sunday according to PeruRail’s announcement.
The railroad company called on users to buy their train tickets in advance, at least one day before the date of travel, at the ticket offices in Cusco – San Pedro Station and Machu Picchu – Empire of the Incas Avenue, both at the hours of 09:00 to 13:00.
According to the provisions of the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), all passengers on the local train must wear masks and protectors or face masks on this means of land transport.
As for the luggage service, it will operate in its regular schedule from Monday to Sunday, while the cargo service will operate on Wednesday and Sunday in its regular schedule. Both services will be provided from and to San Pedro station.
Daily COVID Update from Minsa
Last night the Ministry of Health reported 5,288 new cases of COVID-19 and 199 more COVID-related deaths.
The is the highest number of new cases reported in nearly two months and the positivity rate continue to climb as it reached 25.9%.
There are 13,408 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 1,423 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation. So far 276,452 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
Metropolitan Lima continues to be the area with the highest number of COVID-19 infections with 192,748 positive cases and Lima provinces with 16,461 cases followed by the regions of Callao (20,841), Piura (20,687), Lambayeque (16,815), La Libertad (14,550), Arequipa (12,859), Ancash (11,536), Ica (11,092), Loreto (10,812), , Ucayali (9598), San Martín (8036), Junín (7105), Huánuco (5756), Cajamarca (5307), Amazonas (5098), Tumbes (4058), Cusco (3923), Ayacucho (3462), Madre de Dios (3089), Moquegua (2627), Tacna (2509), Puno (1932), Pasco (1751), Huancavelica (1513) and Apurimac (840).
Misc News Highlights
- In its first week of reopening, Jorge Chavez airport received more than 26,246 travelers, and made an average of 26 daily flights with more than 20,000 passengers, with Cusco and Iquitos being the most visited destinations.
In addition, there were flights to 15 domestic destinations: Cusco, Iquitos, Piura, Pucallpa, Chiclayo, Trujillo, Juliaca, Cajamarca, Jaén, Ayacucho, Tacna, Chachapoyas, Talara, Pias and Tumbes. The second day of operation registered 80.3% on time flights, but in the last three days on time flights rose to 94%.
- Public sanitation services in Arequipa will be suspended in the afternoon due to lack of personnel. At least 120 workers in the provincial municipality are in quarantine. Fifty people will be hired to provide the service in the mornings only.
- The government is making arrangements with Banco de la Nacion to carry out a proposal to open a bank account for all Peruvians when they turn 18.
- This morning, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) sent a medical team to the Regional Hospital of Moquegua to join the efforts of this hospital to provide treatment to people affected by the new coronavirus. The specialists will also implement the ‘Plan to reorganize and improve the flow of care for Covid-19 patients’ in the region.
The General Directorate of Disaster Risk Management and National Health Defense (Digerd) reported that this team is led by the intensive care physician and assistant executive of the Digerd, César Tejada Bechi, and is made up of two general practitioners, two nursing graduates and a nursing technician.
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