Peru’s Prime Minister, Violeta Bermúdez, just completed a news conference which followed meetings today with the President and the Council of Ministers.
She announced that the measures for the country will be extended for another 14 days though many areas have changed their designation.
A big change is that regions will no longer be labeled as extreme risk, but the designations will be made at the provincial level. At present there are 32 provinces which are considered extreme risk and will be required to stay under complete lockdown with approved activities still in place.
These provinces which are designated as “extreme risk”. (Remember that the first name is only the region in which they are located. For instance, in the region of Amazonas, only the province of Itcumbamba is considered extreme risk.)
- Amazonas: Utcumbamba
- Arequipa: Arequipa, Camana, Islay and Calloma.
- Ayacucho: Huamanga
- Cajamarca: Cutervo
- Cusco: Canchis and La Convención.
- Huancavelica: Huancavelica.
- Ica: Ica, Chincha, Pisco.
- Lima: Metropolitan Lima, Callao, Huaura, Cañete, Barranca and Huaral.
- Junin: Huancayo, Tarma, Yauri, Chanchamayo.
- Tacna: Tacna.
- Huanuco: Huanuco.
- Puno: Puno.
- Ancash: Santa.
- Apurimac: Abancay.
- Pasco: Pasco.
- Loreto: Maynas and Ramon Castilla.
- Moquegua: Ilo
All measures will be in force from February 15-28.
She noted that all provinces of Madre de Dios have improved and are now considered of moderate risk.
Some provinces will go from high risk to very high risk including 15 provinces in La Libertad and Lambayeque.
[Note: the list of very high and high risk provinces was not been provided, but I will report them on the News Updates page as soon as I see them. It’s pouring rain in Cusco at the moment so I’m not going anywhere. 😉 ]
Bermúdez also noted that if things change, the Council of Ministers will not wait 2 weeks to makes changes to each province’s designation.
The Prime Minister reported that 7,000 health workers have been vaccinated to this point.
She also stated that today Pfizer has confirmed that it will deliver 1,500,000 vaccines during the months of March and April.
Bermudez said that “we have approved a guide that promotes the use of spaces adjacent to restaurants, as well as commercial and art establishments.” [More on that later.]
A bill has been prepared and sent to Congress for expected approval that will create a mechanism for increased transparency in the vaccination process including channels to report irregularities in how vaccinations are being administered.
New measures to assist small and micro businesses were announced by the Minister of Economy and Finance, Waldo Mendoza who said that “Companies that come to use the business fund for tourism can do so through the banks themselves or through Cofide…The MEF has made available a fund of 2 billion soles to be channeled through banks or Cofide to benefit micro and small businesses in sectors that have suffered most from this pandemic….The credit we are making available is intended for micro and small businesses in the most affected sectors, such as those that have just opened in the third or fourth stage.”
The Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzetti, said by next week all health workers should be vaccinated and that “The vaccine was transferred to date to all integrated network directorates in Lima and Diresas in the regions.”
Interestingly, Mazzetti also added, “it is the first time in the country that we will have a single updated list of all health workers.” She added that so far there have been no serious adverse effects among health workers.
Bermúdez said that all the families that are currently in the regions of extreme risk and also the families of the new provinces that have entered this situation of extreme risk will receive the bonus of 600 soles.
Mazzetti then reported there is a deficit of 110 tons of oxygen per day and that they are looking at ways to reduce this including importing 20-30 tons a day.
Bermúdez also announced that the rest of the first million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine will arrive in Peru from China this weekend.
Mazzetti reiterated that all residents of Peru including legal foreigners will be eligible for vaccinations. Those here under tourist visas are not included.
She also warned everyone to be cautious about vaccination scams which are likely to arise at some point.