Friday, May 29, 2020
It appears that the Ministry of Health is going to start publishing the daily COVID-19 statistics later now. Today is the fourth day in a row that it’s come out 2-3 hours later than they’ve been publishing them for many weeks. I’m not sure what is the reason, but, since this is important daily information, I’m going to hold off each day until this information comes out.
Congress Gives Administration Vote of Confidence
After a marathon session lasting until 3 am this morning, Congress gave the administration of President Martin Vizcarra and Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos a vote of confidence by a vote of 89-35 with 4 abstentions.
Zeballos later posted on his Twitter account, “We humbly receive the trust granted by the Congress and, therefore, we renew our commitment with the firm will to overcome the adversities and improve the quality of life of the most vulnerable sectors. Working for the country is the commitment that prevails today.”
Utility Services May Be Cut Off After June 3
The Supervisory Body for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Osiptel) will allow operators to suspend services for non-payment. This suspension will begin gradually from June 3 and will apply to those customers who have not paid in installments.
The ban on cutting off services was announced in Resolution 035-2020-PD/OSIPTEL, but due to high levels of late payments this decision has been taken to ensure the sustainability of services. According to the new Resolution N° 043-2020-PD/OSIPTEL, it is specified that the cut of services will be made from June 3rd in homes that have 3 or more pending receipts.
As of June 12, service will be temporarily cut off for customers with two or more unpaid bills. The measure is valid until the end of June, so from July 1st the Conditions of Use of Telecommunications services will be in effect.
However, this measure will not affect those who have contracted the service during the state of emergency. Likewise, the company must inform the user of the cut at least two days in advance and indicate the amount pending and the deadline for cancellation.
In the case of telephone services, access to emergency and Civil Defense numbers must be maintained.
Daily COVID Updated from Minsa
The Ministry of Health announced today that the total number of COVID-19 cases in Peru has risen to 148,285. This was the biggest one day rise so far with 6,486 new cases reported.
There are 8,433 patients hospitalized with Covid-19, of which 940 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation. So far 62,791 people have completed their period of home isolation or have been discharged from a health facility. The number of deaths has risen to 4,230.
Lima continues to be the region with the highest number of Covid-19 infections to date with 92,057 followed by the regions of Callao (10781), Piura (7180), Lambayeque (7060), Loreto (4109), La Libertad (3816), Ucayali (3645), Ancash (3384), Arequipa (3146), Ica (2691), Junín (1755), Tumbes (1219), San Martín (1151), Cusco (916), Huanuco (811), Cajamarca (700), Ayacucho (679), Amazonas (563), Moquegua (462), Madre de Dios (450), Pasco (448), Huancavelica (407), Tacna (372), Puno (321) and Apurimac (162).
Gran Mercado Mayorista in Lima Reopens
Pavilions A and B of the Great Wholesale Market of Lima, located in Santa Anita, reopened today for public attention, after 9 days were closed after detecting that 132 merchants were positive to the rapid test of coronavirus (covid-19).
Representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Municipality of Lima and the Joint Command of the Armed Forces verified the completion of the cleaning, disinfection and reordering tasks in both pavilions.
The capacity of people in the pavilions will be limited, signs about maintaining social distance have been installed, and the disinfection points at the entrance are operational.
Misc News Highlights
- Beginning June 1 and lasting through the month, markets in Chachapoyas will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6 am until 1 pm. Commercial establishments are allowed to open from from 6 until 8 pm.
- In a major show of confidence for the Peruvian economy’s outlook the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved an $11 billion line of credit for Peru.
- While COVID-19 is taking the spotlight, pneumonia has killed more people (42) in the Cusco region than the coronavirus (8) so far this year. All cases have been among the elderly over 65 (38) and infants (4).
- The 5th Mountain Brigade Cusco Motorized Infantry Battalion No. 30 delivered basic necessities to 80 families in the town of Canchanura near Cusco, who are living difficult times in this quarantine.
- More 100 health workers at the Cusco Regional Hospital of the 118 who contracted COVID-19 are gradually returning to work after completing their quarantine and beating the coronavirus. All infected workers have been under home care and none were hospitalized.
- ProMart is now accepting online orders in Cusco. This morning I was able to place an order for a small space heater using a US credit card. The earliest available date for delivery was June 11 so I guess I’ll see what happens. It seemed to go though fine with an emailed receipt and a text message with the order number.
Oeschle also says that they are opertaing in Cusco now, but I haven’t tried it yet.
- EsSalud’s Áncash Healthcare Network has begun to install a temporary rapid construction hospital in Chimbote (Áncash) with the capacity to admit and provide specialized treatment to 100 patients suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Indecopi registered around 1,027 complaints from consumers who made online purchases during the first 72 days of the state of emergency. The companies with the most complaints are Metro, Wong, Inkafarma, Plaza Vea, Tottus, Ripley, Oeschle, Tiendas EFE and La Curacao, pollería Rokys, Saga Falabella and Sodimac Peru. According to Wendy Ledesma, director of Indecopi’s National Consumer Protection Authority, the most frequent complaints are related to non-delivery of products and errors in product delivery.
These actions are breaches of the Code of Consumer Protection and Defense, so if you have any claim you can call the number 224 7777 or use this “Reclama Virtual” link.
COVID Reports from Across Peru
Most Regional Health Directorates post graphics each day on the current situation in their region each day. I’m going to try to keep up with these as best as I can for those regions that are particularly problematic so people can keep up with what is specifically happening in other parts of the country where there are particularly serious problems.
Most regions post daily reports late on the night before (but not all) so this is the latest information available. (Be sure to click on individual graphics to see a larger size.You might have to click on the top half of the graphic to click. Sorry, it’s a bug I haven’t been able to solve.)
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