April 9, 2020
Two straight days of complete lockdown begins today. It seems pretty calm here in Cusco, but I’ve been watching news coverage of Lima and there are definitely people not complying.
One more case of coronavirus was confirmed in Cusco bringing the total so far to 55. Also, there’s good news: a 36-year-old patient was released after 23 days in the Cusco Regional Hospital!
COVID-19 Operations Command Recommends Moving to Provincial Quarantine
RPP Noticias this morning reports that economist Farid Matuk, a member of the COVID-19 Operations Command, says that they are recommending moving away from home isolation to a provincial quarantine when the mandatory social isolation ends.
Here’s my detailed post on this from this morning:
COVID-19 Operations Command Recommends Moving to “Provincial Quarantine”
COVID Testing Ramps Up; % Stays Low
The amount of testing continues to stay very high including both molecular testing and rapid testing according to the Ministry of Health (Minsa). The good thing is that the percentage of positive tests, while going up a little from yesterday, still remains much lower than the previous week.
The total number of coronavirus cases has risen to 5, 256, but the number of tests performed has risen to 48.465 — up from just 21, 555 just two days ago.
Lima continues to be the region with the highest number of Covid-19 infection to date with 3,704 followed by the regions of Callao (413), Loreto (315), Lambayeque (302), La Libertad (96), Arequipa (77), Cusco (55), Ancash (57), Piura (53 ), Junín (42), Ica (34), Tumbes (27), San Martín (15), Cajamarca (11), Amazonas (10), Tacna (09), Huánuco (09), Huancavelica (07), Ayacucho ( 07), Pasco (05), Madre de Dios (03), Moquegua (03), Apurímac (01) and Puno (01).
Unfortunately, the number of deaths has risen to 138.
COVID Operations Command Visits Lambayeque (Chiclayo) Today
The Covid Operations Command continues to visit the regions and coordinate actions to tackle the pandemic. The head of this working group, Dr. Pilar Mazzetti, reported that today they will be in Lambayeque to supervise the execution of their plan against this disease.
At a press conference, Mazzetti Soler, explained that after a meeting with the Regional Government of Arequipa, the Regional Operational Working Group was installed, with the aim of facing the epidemic in the White City. The same work will be carried out today in the north of the country.
“In Arequipa they had a lot of difficulties and that made their plan for the Covid-19 fight, which is very good, not advance. Of the 13,700,000 soles, they had only spent 58,000 soles. That was striking,” he later mentioned. to report that a consulting team made up of professional associations, companies, universities and regional councilors has been formed, capable of offering proposals and, in turn, executing them.
“Arequipa has already organized. It has its Regional Government in parallel with the consultants and the Covid Command, which will receive the information from the experts and will monitor that the plan is carried out hand in hand with the regional authority. From all this unit, we are going to have results, “he said.
In another moment, he confirmed that today his command will meet with the Lambayeque authorities to make sure that the Covid-19 plan in this region is also executed and thus control the pandemic since, as he emphasized, the disease does not wait and there is only time to Act.
“It is interesting to see how many authorities and congressmen from this region are joining together. We all have to work together because we have 15 very difficult days ahead of us and this change in behavior that we are having will be tremendously important,” he said.
He stressed that with the first measures taken by the Government, the health system was able to save time and with the latest provisions, it was possible to acquire assisted ventilation products, which is allowing the equipment to be distributed to different parts of the country.
In this sense, he called on people to maintain isolation and comply with the measures adopted by the Government, so that the curve becomes increasingly flat.
US Embassy Updates
10:00 am – Alert: Lima & Iquitos Flights and Potential Private Charter, Peru (April 9, 2020)
Event: To date, the U.S. Embassy has repatriated approximately 6,630 Americans. One flight will depart Lima today, and another is scheduled to depart on Saturday, April 11, pending Peruvian government approval. Saturday’s flight is slated to depart Lima for Iquitos before continuing on to Miami. We have been in contact with the nonprofit organization, Warriors Angel Rescue, and are aware of this group’s interest in assisting U.S. citizens with transportation to the Iquitos airport. No U.S. Embassy flights are scheduled for Friday, April 10, or Sunday, April 12.
We are aware that private tour operator Solange Reps has shared an online form for travelers to express interest in a possible flight from Lima to Miami on Friday, April 10. To register your interest, please click on this link: Charter Solange Reps.
As this is not a U.S. Embassy-sponsored flight, interested travelers should contact the company directly for more information.
We do not anticipate ongoing, regularly scheduled flights. We urge U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States to take advantage of any options you are offered. We are working with private companies and other countries to explore additional flight options and will inform you as soon as they become available. If you cannot board an upcoming flight, be prepared to remain in Peru until the country’s government ends its nationwide restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.Travelers who choose to remain in Peru after expressing interest in a flight slow and complicate the process for everyone.
Yesterday, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra announced that emergency measures in Peru, including the closure of borders, will continue through April 26. Today, April 9, and tomorrow, April 10, all routine business will be closed and no one will be allowed to leave their residence except to obtain emergency medical services (Supreme Decree Nº 061-2020-PCM)
We encourage everyone to comply with the Peruvian Government’s quarantine measures and to follow the instructions of Peruvian authorities. Limit your time outside and carry your identification and phone. Wear a facemask while out in public.
Cell Phones Data Will Be Used to Locate Public Congregations
Cell phones will now be the allies to fight Covid-19. Farid Matuk, a member of the Prospective Group of the Ministry of Health, announced that the ‘technological hammer’ will be applied, an operation that will allow to register, every hour, the number of people in an area, using telephone antennas. This measure will help curb crowds on streets and districts and ensure quarantine compliance.
In this way, the Peruvian National Police will be able to intervene in a timely manner where there is an excessive number of people detected with the collaboration of the telephone operating companies. The measure will cover the entire national territory and will be possible thanks to a coordinated effort between the Ministries of Transport and Communications (MTC), the Interior and Health.
“The ‘technological hammer’, for example, will allow the Police to no longer make decisions based on the Internet, Twitter or the media, but on more solid field information,” stressed the economist.
He also reported that a subcommittee has been formed with social scientists and specialists to identify and fine-tune the measures, always understanding the social behavior of the population.