Saturday, August 8, 2020
There’s still no word on whether Cusco’s request for a stricter quarantine beginning on Monday will actually be approved by the Council of Ministers. Prime Minister Martos has gone on record saying he is not in favor of stricter quarantines over economic recovery at this time.
A return to an earlier curfew along with Sunday lockdown is also being considered for Lima and Callao.
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Peruvian Football’s Liga 1 Suspended
The president of the Council of Ministers, Walter Martos, said last night that the professional soccer Liga 1 will be suspended indefinitely, until the fulfillment of the biosecurity protocols to avoid the infections of the coronavirus (covid-19) is guaranteed.
He indicated that the government will not accept reactions such as the ones that took place today by fans of the Universitario de Deportes who gathered in the streets, in the midst of a serious health crisis due to the pandemic.
The Peruvian Institute of Sports (IPD) announced the suspension of the remaining matches of the 7th date of the championship: Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th and Monday 10th of August.
Martos said that “the championship will be suspended until the (Peruvian) Football Federation guarantees that it will go ahead complying with the health protocols, until that happens, it will be suspended definitively”.
On Canal N, he specified that the population cannot be exposed to possible contagion from the behavior of fans who do not respect sanitary restrictions.
“If the fans don’t understand that we’re in quarantine and must be respected, the championship must be suspended. The Minister of Health will talk to the IPD. This government will not allow this type of event to happen at this time of year, when contagion is on the rise,” he insisted.
The Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzetti, described as a “crime” how some Universitario fans yesterday in the run-up to the game with the Academia Deportiva Cantolao, which marked the return of Liga 1.
“What I’ve seen is a crime. It’s a crime against the families that have been there. If we could follow up on all the people who have been there, in one or two three weeks what we’re going to see in their homes. Sport is to make us healthier. Such behavior makes us sick,” she said.
Crowding of fans near the National Stadium in Lima who did not respect the biosecurity protocols (no social distancing, no masks) was observed and their behavior could cause the spread of the new coronavirus.
Government Considering Return to Stricter Measure in Lima and Callao
The president of the Council of Ministers, Walter Martos, indicated this Friday that he will evaluate imposing the restrictions again on Sundays or returning to the curfew from eight o’clock at night in Lima and Callao, in view of the increase of cases by the COVID-19.
In statements to RPP Noticias, Martos indicated that it would be very difficult to implement a quarantine focused on Lima and Callao, due to the amount of people moving between districts. However, he left open the possibility of adopting such restrictions.
“The quarantine focused on Lima to immobilize by districts is very difficult to implement (…) We are talking about that in Lima or Callao is restricted, as in other regions, on Sundays or that the curfew is from 20 hours. We have to study this based on many factors and make an appropriate decision,” he said.
Following this idea, the head of the Ministerial Cabinet indicated that Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti proposed a series of restrictions that should be analyzed by the Council of Ministers and President Martín Vizcarra. Despite this, he said that targeted quarantine should continue in the districts and provinces where the pandemic is growing.
“We are going to evaluate this because it is not only a health issue, we also have to talk about it from other factors and make a collegiate decision in the Council of Ministers with the President of the Republic and that is already announced when appropriate,” he said.
Martos also reiterated that currently the greatest number of infections of the new coronavirus occur in family meetings, because people do not take adequate prevention measures such as the use of masks.
Daily COVID Update from Minsa
The Ministry of Health reported 8,466 more cases of COVID-19 — second highest daily report since the pandemic began.
They also reported 225 deaths which is the highest daily total reported so far.
The positivity rate of testing dropped slightly to 28.6%.
There are 13,820 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, of which 1460 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation. So far 314,332 people completed their period of home isolation or have been discharged from a health facility.
COVID in Cusco
Cusco’s regional Health Directorate has changed their reporting format. If they continue to do this every day it will be welcome for providing more, if not all, necessary data.
They reported 828 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 deaths while the positivity rate rose to 24.5%.
They also reported provincial and district level case reports which really isn’t very useful unless you compare it to previous reports. (The previous report of this detail was made 15 days ago on July 24.)
Below I’ve compared some data between the two reports over the 15-day period between them.
Here’s a breakdown of how many new cases there have been in each of Cusco’s provinces and the percentage increase in the last 15 days:
Acomayo – 14 new cases (47%)
Anta – 146 new cases (92%)
Calca – 73 new cases (74%)
Canas – 36 new cases (240%)
Canchis – 128 new cases (101%)
Chumbivilcas – 41 new cases (45%)
Cusco – 5,131 new cases (118%)
Espinar – 100 new cases (86%)
La Convencion – 684 cases (51%)
Paruro – 33 new cases (143%)
Paucartambo – 28 new cases (104%)
Quispicanchis – 155 new cases (72%)
Urubamba – 90 new cases (78%)
Here’s a breakdown of how many new cases there have been in each of Cusco province’s districts and the percentage increase in the last 15 days:
Ccorca – 0 new cases (0%)
Cusco – 1444 new cases (126%)
Poroy – 24 new cases (96%)
San Jeronimo – 493 new cases (108%)
San Sebastian – 884 new cases (106%)
Santiago – 1185 new cases (132%)
Saylla – 39 new cases (160%)
Wanchaq – 1062 new cases (107%)
Cajamarca Hospitals Collapsing
RPP Noticias reports that the one hundred beds at the Simon Bolivar Hospital, the only hospital in Cajamarca to treat patients with COVID-19, are full, said the president of the Social Security Management Committee in this region, Edward Guillen Sheen.
He explained that the 20 beds in the COVID-19 emergency area of the Mario Urteaga Hospital and the Intensive Care Unit of the Regional Hospital have also reached their capacity, which has generated a crisis in the region’s health sector.
“There is no longer any place to put mechanical ventilators to assist serious patients in COVID-19 at the Simón Bolívar Hospital, nor in the COVID-19 emergency area at the Mario Urteaga Hospital where we have 20 beds. It is sad to see this reality,” the official said.
Sheen also said that the hospital called Villa EsSalud, located in the new market of Cajamarca, has 120 beds but only 80 oxygen bottles to treat non-severe patients.
For his part, the representative of EsSalud’s manager, Hans Huayta, who is in quarantine for testing positive for COVID-19, reported that they are at the top of the list of patients with a lethality of between 11 and 16 people daily.
“There is so much demand for patients and a minimal supply of services, but it is also true that there are many people who are using their own oxygen balloons in their homes. There are people who are dying in their own homes and we don’t have data, that’s worrying because it would raise our mortality and infection rates in Cajamarca, that’s the job of the Regional Government,” he said.
Edward Guillén said that in the next few days the 1,500 personal protection kits for health workers will run out.
Edward Guillén said that in the next few days the 1,500 pieces of personal protective equipment for health workers will run out.
Edward Guillén reported that the province of Cajamarca alone has 350,000 inhabitants and the Simón Bolívar Hospital has 17 mechanical ventilators, while the Regional Hospital has nine. In other words, there are only 26 of these machines in the region, which are insufficient to treat serious patients.
The official warned that in the next few days the 1,500 personal protection teams for doctors and nurses will run out, and that there is also concern about the number of health workers infected with the new coronavirus.
“Nearly 30 to 40 percent of EsSalud’s staff is infected and we have another 30 percent of people who are not working because they are vulnerable, so we are asking civilians and companies to join us according to the demands we have in the hospitals,” he said.
Peru Making Plans to Purchase COVID Vaccine
By September, the government will be clear on which laboratory it will buy the COVID-19 vaccine from, how many will be purchased, from whom it will be delivered first, and how much money will be spent on them according to the President of the Council of Ministers, Walter Martos, to RPP Noticias.
“An advance of between 10 and 15 million dollars has to be given to ensure the sale of vaccines to the country. And approximately the amount to be acquired will reach 45 million and 400 million dollars. (…) We are on that path of (buying the vaccine from) Oxford, and other alternatives are also being looked at,” he said on the Nothing is Said program.
He added that the delivery schedule and payment schedule for the COVID-19 vaccine will be available in September. This work is being done by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with a commission that has been appointed with the private company that also supports this purchase.
Regarding the increase in infections of the new coronavirus, Martos revealed that the Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzetti, has suggested the possibility of carrying out a quarantine focused on Lima and some provinces of the country. However, he said several factors must be studied, because “it is impossible to control who leaves the districts.
Misc News Highlights
- More than 50 people, including adults and minors, were detained by police in Puerto Maldonado (Madre de Dios), where they were participating in a Quinciñera party.
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