The Cusco province will continue for another three weeks under the government’s Extreme Risk Level designation, but starting Monday four more provinces will be included under this highest level until May 9: La Convención, Quispicanchi, Anta, and Urubamba.
The reason for this is clear as positivity rates of testing have been hovering at or considerably above 20% for a week now and are currently at record highs. That means that more than 1 in 5 people who are tested are found to be infected with COVID-19.
The average number of deaths per day in the region has seen a very slight drop, but with so many people becoming infected this number is likely to begin to rise again. And this number is still a much higher than last year.
According to Cusco’s Regional Health Management (Geresa), 1,386 people have died due to COVID in the first three and a half months of 2021. That is more than all of 2020 when there were 1,321 total COVID-related deaths.
According to Geresa, Cusco is the most affected province with 551 deaths, followed by Canchis (148), La Convención (146) , Quispicanchi (96), Anta (76) and Urubamba (75).
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La Republica reported this morning that Cusco’s Regional Government will be implementing a new strategy in the vaccination plan and on Monday will meet with national authorities for the distribution of more vaccines.
The regional governor, Jean Paul Benavente reported that Peru’s Ministry of Health (Minsa) will prioritize the region for the provision of sufficient doses, mainly Pfizer, in order to conclude the inoculation of older adults over 60 years of age.
They hope a fast and effective plan will be implemented in the next four weeks. In a first stage, the immunization of adults over 80 years of age will be completed with an average of 54,000 doses. This will be immediately followed by the vaccination of 165,000 adults aged 70 and 60 years.
Sadly, there are still a number of foreigners and tourists in the region actively promoting anti-mask, anti-distancing, and anti-vaccine information based completely on false data anad fake science. (Sorry, but clickbait YouTube videos aren’t science.)
Even more disturbing is the number of foreign-owned businesses actively pushing false information on social media that will result in more innocent people dying. It appears the motivation is strictly so they can make money without any concern for the people in the country which has allowed them to immigrate.
People in Cusco seem to be following mask mandates almost 100% now, but the number of foreigners and tourists I’ve seen walking around without masks is amazing. The lack of respect for other human beings’ lives is very, very hard to fathom.
[NOTE: the latest information for Peru overall will be reported sometime later today so I’ll be doing a report on COVID in Peru through the middle of April tonight or (more likely) tomorrow morning.]