Friday, July 3, 2020
Today was the seventh consecutive day that the number of confirmed recoveries have outnumbered the new cases reported.
There wasn’t as much big news today, though there were lots of smaller news items that filled up the last section of Misc News Highlights.
Again, before anyone asks, there is still no word on borders opening or international flights.
If anyone wants to copy my work, I do this to share with everyone, but it kind of ticks me off when someone copies something that I spent a lot of time putting together (including an hour’s trip just to get the information) then posts it in a group for which I was forbidden to post (!), and doesn’t even have the decency to credit where it came from. That is something that makes me think about stopping doing this if others will just take my work and post it as their own. I don’t need to do this for others to steal with without even saying “thank you.”
Domestic Travel to Resume July 15
Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Lozada said that interprovincial air and land passenger transport would be restarted on July 15 among the cities with the lowest risk of coronavirus infection.
Aeropuertos Andinos estimates that it will begin operations with a passenger volume of between 10% and 15% compared to the capacity it had before the coronavirus pandemic. The company projects to reach 50% by December of this year.
Aeropuertos Andinos, the concessionaire of the air terminals in Arequipa, Tacna, Juliaca, Madre de Dios and Ayacucho, is waiting for a government order to restart its commercial flights.
COVID in Cusco
The end of quarantine could generate a wave of contagion in the Cusco region, warned the deputy director of the Regional Health Directorate, Javier Ramírez.
Ramírez told RPP Noticias that the region is in phase 3 (community infection) of the epidemic and has not yet reached the peak of infection, which he estimated would be reached in mid-July. In the next few days the region could reach phase four (sustained growth)
He also said that the provinces of Cusco and La Convención have the highest rates of infection in recent days. He said that the most worrying case is that of the Santa Ana district (La Convención), where in June there was a five-fold increase in infections. In this sector of the Cusco jungle, 61 cases were reported between March and May, and in the last month alone there were 360 infections.
Ramirez said that Cusco is in the middle of phase three and in the next few days could reach phase four (sustained growth).
“Before the lifting of the quarantine there was good containment, [but] now we cannot predict the behavior of the virus transmission. It also depends on the magnitude of the mobilization of people. We hope not to reach the situation in other regions — that we cannot rule out,” he said.
Tourism Sector Protocols Published
The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) approved today the sectorial sanitary protocols for the travel and tourism agencies, tour guides and hostels.
This was done through ministerial resolutions published in the separate Legal Regulations of the Official Journal El Peruano (Supreme Decree 117-2020-PCM) at the national level, with the exception of Arequipa, Ica, Junín, Huánuco, San Martín, Madre de Dios and Áncash.
The protocols establish hygiene and sanitation provisions; use of protective equipment; protocols in care areas, administrative areas and operational areas; designation of personnel for symptom identification activities; among others.
“With the implementation of these measures we seek to prevent risks of contagion. The documents were prepared by Mincetur with the support of the private sector. With these new protocols we continue with the process of economic reactivation”, said Minister Edgar Vásquez.
Mincetur called on regional and local governments to monitor compliance with the provisions contained in these protocols. It is important to mention that both regional and local governments, according to their competences, are responsible for making the verifications and inspections. The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, through its “Safe Tourism” initiative, will provide support to the inspection efforts.
He also said that companies should send their “Plan for surveillance, prevention and control of COVID-19 at work”, by e-mail, to the Integrated System for Covid-19 (Siscovid) of companies.
“With this we are starting to give movement to the activities. These first days are going to be about implementing protocols, about preparation, about adaptation, and in the case of Mincetur and Promperú this month will be one of education, of explaining the protocols in the tourism activity,” he said.
He announced that together with the private sector they will promote through the “Y tú qué plan?” some well-structured tourist packages, in order to guarantee trust and health.
“And let’s start to roll the tourism wheel, especially the internal one, which is where we will aim at in this second semester of the year,” he said.
Daily COVID Update from Minsa
The Ministry of Health Minsa reported 3,595 new cases of COVID-19 which brings the nationwide total to 295,599. They also reported 181 deaths bringing the total to 10,226 across all of Peru.
There are 11,131 patients hospitalized with Covid-19, of which 1,210 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation. So far 185,852 people have completed their period of home isolation or have been discharged from a health facility.
Lima continues to be the region with the highest number of Covid-19 infections to date with 162,211 followed by the regions of Callao (18 281), Piura (17 573), Lambayeque (14 011), La Libertad (10 509), Loreto (9280), Ancash (8383), Ucayali (7979), Ica (8072), Arequipa (7545), San Martín (5589), Junín (4127), Tumbes (3041), Huanuco (2628), Amazonas (2448), Cajamarca (2404), Madre de Dios (2058), Ayacucho (1910), Cusco (1875), Pasco (1155), Moquegua (1020), Puno (1011), Tacna (971), Huancavelica (940) and Apurimac (578).
Misc News Highlights
- President Vizcarra announced that, besides Peruvian Independence Day on July 28 (día del aniversario patrio), both the July 27 and 29 will be working holidays this year.
- I have noticed a few new places starting to open in Cusco. Andes Gear appears to be the first gear store open in the Plaza which is great because it’s by far my favorite place in town to shop. Besides my favorite place for lomo saltado in the world, Restaurant Solevan on Calle Recoleta, my favorite chifa, Chifa Taypa, is now open just above Iglesia de la Merced.
- A group of 17 health professionals, including doctors, nurses, dentists and biologists, left this morning for Jaén, in the Cajamarca region,
- The Ministry of Health (Minsa) sent a total of 47,270 units of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to Huánuco and Arequipa, which will be distributed to health personnel. Among the PPE delivered are N-95 masks, three-fold disposable surgical masks, gloves, caps, and disposable boots. Also, polycarbonate masks, jackets, trousers and protective glasses.
- The Ministry of Transportation estimates that more than 7 million citizens in 26 provinces of the country who use the mass transport systems daily will benefit from the economic subsidy that the Government approved to guarantee the continuity of the service and to promote the effective compliance with the health measures against COVID-19.
- July 31st is the deadline for taxpayers in Lima to pay the second installment of the vehicle, property and excise tax, corresponding to the year 2020, reported the Tax Administration Service (SAT) of Lima.
- The National Institute of Health received a new batch of essential inputs for 250,000 molecular tests, which the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) donated to the Ministry of Health with the aim of strengthening the Government’s response to COVID-19.
- President Vizcarra announced that the government will issue an emergency decree to make available 1,500 more beds for COVID-19 patients in the southern regions of the country, where the lowest rates of infection are reported but with a slow growth of cases in recent weeks. He indicated that together with the 5,000 beds delivered in June in several regions of the country, this will bring the total number of beds in the Peruvian health system to 20,000.
- More than 40 doctors in the Cusco region were infected with the new coronavirus during the quarantine, reported the dean of the Cusco Regional Council Medical Association, Fernando Gamio Vega Centeno.
- Researcher Marco Loret de Mola, manager of Matlab, highlighted a continuous reduction in the numbers of active cases in COVID-19 in recent weeks. “We can say that we have three consecutive weeks where more cases have been identified than new infections, and that also gives us a lot of encouragement. We have reached a plateau, that’s for sure, but our plateau has two conditions: not all of the country is on a plateau and it’s leveled off (the number of infected vs. tested) at a high level.”
- The six museums of the Lambayeque region will reopen their doors in August, complying with all health protocols to avoid contagion from COVID-19. The director of the Ministry of Culture’s Naylamp Executive Unit, archaeologist Alfredo Narvaez, reported that only 50% of the museums’ capacity will be used, and they received one million soles to implement the biosecurity protocols.
- In Piura, 40 mechanical ventilators for patients with COVID-19 arrived this Friday as part of a shipment sent by the national government, which also includes personal protection equipment, food and medical equipment, including 40 ICU beds, with the same number of monitors, 8 parameters, 10 secretion aspirators and 4 transport ventilators.
- In Puno, more than fifty teenagers were taken by the military and national police when they were participating in a party at a discotheque in the city of Ilave, province of El Collao. The minors were celebrating the birthday of one of the minors without respecting the preventive measures to avoid contagion.
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