Thursday, July 29, 2020
I know everyone is extremely frustrated hoping to find out what’s going on.
As I write this in the early, I’m really surprised that there hasn’t been any kind of announcement about the State of Emergency. I still have a feeling — and it’s just a feeling — that the announcement will be another published tonight and it will be little more than an extension of the regions/provinces that are already under quarantine. Of course, I’ve thought we’d get an announcement for the past three days so what do I know!
I just got home from a lot of errands. While out, I talked to quite a few Peruvian friends here in Cusco and they all think the next Decree won’t be too extensive. It’s interesting that they are far less concerned about it than seemingly is the expat community!
I desperately need some sleep so I’ll probably go to sleep very early tonight and check a little later in the night when the half sleeping pill wears off and I wake up as usual.
I hope everyone’s doing well and staying safe.
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Daily COVID Update from Minsa
The Ministry of Health last night reported 5,678 new cases of COVID-19 along with 204 deaths — the highly daily report of deaths since June 18.
There are 13,491 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 1,427 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation. So far 280,044 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 194,179 positive cases, and Lima provinces with 16,985 cases followed by the regions of Callao (20,898), Piura (20,802), Lambayeque (16,954), La Libertad (14,722), Arequipa (13,206), Ancash (11,670), Ica (11,541), Loreto (11,081), , Ucayali (9737), San Martín (8258), Junín (7276), Huánuco (5969), Cajamarca (5560), Amazonas (5298), Tumbes (4090), Cusco (4034), Ayacucho (3611), Madre de Dios (3170), Moquegua (2752), Tacna (2616), Puno (2039), Pasco (1826), Huancavelica (1551) and Apurimac (858).
COVID in Cusco
Late last night the Regional Health Directorate for Cusco reported 627 new cases of COVID-19 and 35 more deaths over the previous 2 day period.
With the amount of testing — only 2074 tests performed in 2 days — the positivity rate soared to 30.2%!
The region’s hospitals are nearing collapse. As of yesterday, only 2 ICU beds are available in Cusco hospitals.
The National Penitentiary Institute (INPE), in coordination with the Ministry of Health (Minsa), applied 310 rapid tests to workers in the security, treatment and safety areas in the Cusco Men’s prison, resulting in 25 positive cases.
Twelve security personnel and 13 administrative and treatment personnel were placed in home quarantine and will be supervised by Minsa personnel.
During the pandemic, 1,135 rapid tests were performed on 670 inmates and 465 workers by INPE, Minsa and EsSalud at the Cusco Men’s prison.
To date, 18 inmates have been infected and are being quarantined in the isolation area and monitored by prison staff.
Barrios on International Travel
Gestion reports that the Minister of Transportation and Tourism, Rocio Barrios, said that international flights would be authorized again by the end of this year or the beginning of 2021 depending on the Ministry of Health’s reporting on the advance of COVID-19 in Peru.
“This is not definitive because we still have to wait for the results of the Health sector, (but we hope) by the end of this year or the beginning of next year to be able to open (the international flights),” said the head of the sector, Rocío Barrios.
Barrios explained that first coordination with the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), Foreign Affairs, and Minsa will be necessary to guarantee international flights so “it would be very risky to guarantee it at this time”. She also indicated that domestic tourism will be promoted in these months.
“We will promote in the following months, facing the end of the year, domestic tourism to prepare with security measures at the level of protocols and also with the capacity to respond to be able to open international flights and tourism later,” she added.
[NOTE: Even before I posted this tonight, I was already seeing people saying on social media that this says when international flights will open!]
President Vizcarra on the Health System
The President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, last night talked about the need to create a unified health system so that all Peruvians can access the heath care they need.
Vizcarra pointed out that the fragmented and outdated system is unable to meet the needs of the population.
“Then, as things stand, they do not work properly, we must change and correct (…) If we have as islands attending to sectors of the population, finally the health of Peruvians has no guarantee of being adequately attended to,” the president told TVPeru News.
He indicated that this is not an issue that can be resolved overnight simply by reassigning responsibility for the entire system to the Health Ministry. He emphasized that experts from all areas are being brought in to help create a new system.
“We are not saying that the solution is for EsSalud to depend on the Minsa or at this moment that all the regional hospitals go to the administration of the Ministry of Health. What we are proposing is so complex and so relevant to the minimum living conditions of all citizens, that we have to propose alternative solutions and everyone has the right to contribute,” he said.
President of Constitutional Court Supports “Peru Pact”
The President of the Constitutional Court (TC), Marianella Ledesma, talked about the call for the Peru Pact (“Pacto Peru”) and pointed out that in the current conditions it is vital to reach basic agreements between the country’s political and non-political organizations.
“Due to the conditions of the health situation, the economic precariousness, which is the result of an informal economy, I consider that it is vital to reach some basic agreements between some political groups and not political groups, also between business, labour and trade union organisations and the different scenarios of national life”, she said to Ideeleradio.
She maintained that consensus could be generated on the issue of labor relations after the pandemic.
She also said that it is important to reach agreements on how the state will take over tax collection and also improve basic services such as health, education and public safety.
“I think that the basic pillars must be built in the corporate labor relationship to generate wealth, taxes, income, so that the State can sustain itself in its social purposes,” she said.
Ledesma pointed out that the political pact should also generate consensus on education with a view to the future and to consider whether, as this service has been provided, it is efficient and contributes to human development.
She warned that there are rural areas where people are not studying because they do not have a computer or Internet access, thus widening the gap with urban areas.
She also wondered whether the careers offered at universities are the most appropriate for development.
“We need more scientific careers, more technology,” he said.
Experts to Discuss Biodiversity to Boost Development and Health Protection
Experts and researchers from various institutions in the country will analyze the perspectives and possible solutions from our biodiversity to promote development in the country, as well as its impact on the health of Peruvians.
This will take place during the virtual conference “Biodiversity, Development and Health” organized by the General Directorate of Biological Diversity of the Ministry of the Environment (Minam) on Thursday, July 30, starting at 5:00 p.m.
This event will be moderated by Pancho Cavero, a well-known veterinarian and radio host. In this context, the Deputy Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources of the Ministry of Environment, Gabriel Quijandría, will present the guidelines of his sector linked to the thematic axis of the conversation.
According to the program, in the first block Fanny Cornejo, Ximena Vélez Douglas Stotz and Matthew Hyde will participate, who will discuss the diversity of species that exist in Peru and how we are seen from abroad in this issue. Along the same lines, Renzo Piana and José Álvarez will also be participating and will be addressing the importance of ecosystems and species for the health of people.
In the next block, Mariana Montoya, Hauke Hoops and José Álvarez will talk about the conservation of species and their contribution to the development of the country.
Finally, according to the program, the event will close with the participation of Fanny Cornejo, Douglas Stotz and José Luis Mena in a segment in which the importance of disseminating the attributes of biodiversity for conservation purposes will be specified.
This activity is part of Minam’s “Peruvians, Naturally” initiative, which seeks to inform and raise awareness among citizens about the value of our biological diversity, and the role played by ecosystems and species of fauna and flora, as well as their benefits to society.
Through it, the characteristics of biodiversity will be made known, making the population aware of the importance of the conservation of species, generating awareness of our actions about the ecosystems and the services they provide, and promoting a sense of belonging in society to our natural heritage.
Those interested can participate in this event by accessing the Minam’s Facebook page.
The initiative is of national interest and is supported by institutions linked to the management and conservation of our biodiversity, such as Conservation International, Spectacled Bear Conservation Society – Peru, Oceana, Wildlife Conservation Society, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Denver Zoo, Yunkawasi, Rainforest Partnership, Peruvian Amazon Research Institute, Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado, Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, The Field Museum of Chicago, Asociación para la Conservación de la Cuenca Amazónica, WWF-Perú, Isa Rep, and the Proyecto Pesquerías Costeras.
Misc News Highlights
- EsSalud Executive President Fiorella Molinelli and Defense Minister Walter Martos went to Cajamarca with a technical team and 25 health professionals, including doctors, nurses and technical staff, to join the medical staff facing the COVID-19 in that region. They also brought more than two tons of medical supplies, as well as personal protective equipment (PPE), drugs and rapid tests.
- Two doctors from Cajamarca and Tocache (San Martín), who tested positive for the new coronavirus, were discharged from the Hospital Emergencia Ate Vitarte!
- Congressman Leonardo Inga (Acción Popular), president of the multi-party commission that monitors and evaluates the actions of the Executive Branch to deal with the coronavirus, called for speed in the release of the figures on the number of deaths from the COVID-19 in the country.
In an interview with RPP Noticias, Inga said that he urged for an openness to “know the real dimension of the impact of the pandemic in the country”, after the Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzetti, indicated yesterday that the number of current deaths could reach 43,000.
- As of August 30th, financial institutions and banks that issue credit cards must have at least one card in their portfolio that does not include a membership fee, which must be informed to the client.
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