Saturday, August 1, 2020
As of this afternoon, no new rules and regulations have been provided as to how the provisions of Cusco’s quarantine will be enforced.
I’ve been out a couple of times today and everything seems to operating pretty much as it was yesterday before the announcement.
All businesses that were operating yesterday are open today as well. The mall is open. Restaurants are operating as before. Buses are mostly full, but with everyone wearing face shields as well as masks now.
I continue to talk to many business owners and employees. All say the same thing — that they are awaiting guidance from local officials.
You can wait for the daily updates to be posted in the late afternoon/early evening, or your can follow me on Twitter (@ExploreCusco) to get immediate updates on breaking news during the day. I use Twitter to share big news that occurs during each day (and a lot is happening right now) and I strongly recommend that you follow me on Twitter to get immediate updates.
You can also follow me on Instagram (@SouthAmericanTraveler) for great photos, but I use Twitter for news updates.
If you missed this morning’s Part 1 Update, you can read it here:
COVID in Cusco
Cusco’s Regional Health Directorate reported very disturbing news this afternoon. They reported 573 new cases of COVID-19 and 27 more deaths in the previous 24-hour period.
The positivity rate rose to an unheard of rate of 58.7%, though there was relatively few tests reported.
No hospitalization information was provided.
Updates on Travel
Just as I was about to post this, I learned that tomorrow (Sunday) will be the last day that people can travel to and from the quarantined provinces and regions.
“From Monday they will require a pass for transfer between cities, as interprovincial travel will be suspended “, said Minister of Transportation and Communications, Carlos Estremadoyro.
He also said that the other activities restarted in Phase 3 of the economic recovery will continue, but it will not be possible to restart new activities in these regions.
Passengers traveling to or from the cities of Cusco, Juliaca, Ilo and Tacna should arrive at the airport 5 hours as Minsa will be conducting random screening for COVID-19 for those passengers who have scheduled flights to or from those cities.
This afternoon LATAM representatives in Cusco told me that they would no longer be flying out of Cusco after Monday. As Sky Airlines and Viva Airlines are operating out of Cusco, I can’t confirm that the airport will be shut down after Monday. (Sky is not offering any flights on their website, but Viva is selling tickets from Tuesday on.)
Consumer Price Index Rose by 0.61% in July
Andina News reports that last month the Consumer Price Index (CPI) at the national level increased by 0.61%, with a cumulative variation of 1.64% and the annualized one of 2.15%, reported the National Institute of Statistics and Information (Inei).
This result is due to the rise in prices recorded in all major consumer groups. Transportation and Communications increased by 0.96%, Food and Beverages by 0.89%, Housing Rentals, Fuel and Electricity by 0.84%, Health Care and Conservation by 0.44% and Other Goods and Services by 0.09%.
Furniture and Fixtures (0.03%) and Clothing and Footwear and Education and Culture (0.01%) also increased.
According to Inei, a total of 23 cities where the consumer price index is calculated showed price increases last July. The highest variations were registered in Arequipa (2.41%), Piura (1.63%), Cajamarca (1.59%), Huancavelica (1.58%) and Trujillo (1.05%).
Cities with negative results were Moyobamba (-0.50%), Iquitos (-0.24%) and Chachapoyas (-0.05%).
Misc News Highlights
- The Archbishop in the Piura announced that churches will be reopened, but no masses will be held. In a communiqué, the ecclesiastical authorities of Piura informed that only the faithful will be allowed to enter for prayers or private visits. No masses, sacraments or other public acts of worship will be held.
- More than 80 tons of garbage in Lambayeque has not been collected due to lack of personnel. Neighbors complain about the contamination, and the provincial mayor, Marcos Gasco Arrobas, says it is due to lack of personnel and broken machinery.
- Authorities in Madre de Dios have established rigid control measures on people entering the region. They say that so far is that most are trying to reach mining areas. For now, only residents with ID cards and a negative COVID-19 test result are allowed to enter.
- About 594 children under 17 were infected with COVID-19 in the Junín region, according to the Regional Health Directorate. According to the registry, there are 292 cases of children between the ages of 5 and 11 and 302 cases from the ages of 11 to 17.
According to epidemiologist Luis Zuñiga Villacresis, this increase is due to citizens not complying with basic recommendations to avoid contagion, including the correct use of masks and social distancing.
- The Ministry of Health (Minsa), in coordination with the Regional Health Directorate of Huánuco, announced that 140 new rapid response teams (RRTs) are already providing guidance, counseling, detection, clinical evaluation and treatment of Covid-19, at home, in the region.
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