Wednesday, April 22, 2020
The biggest news today is that there won’t be any real news on the quarantine. I think most of Peru was expecting an announcement today, but around 12:40 this afternoon it was announced that there would be no Presidential briefing and press conference. The President is currently meeting with the Council of Ministers this afternoon.
I think this caught most people by surprise. As for the reason, any ideas are pure speculation right now. I can’t hep but wonder if this morning’s request by the Peruvian Medical College to extend the quarantine is playing a role. (more below)
I guess about all we can say right now is “Stay tuned…”
Daily COVID Update from the Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health announced that the total number of cases in Peru has risen to 19,250. After 4 days of rising, there was a significant decrease in the percentage of positive test reported despite a large increase in the number of tests results.
To date, there are 2,434 hospitalized patients with Covid-19, of whom 396 are in the ICU with mechanical ventilation. 7,027 people have completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility. Unfortunately the number of COVID-related deaths has risen to 530.
Lima continues to be the region with the highest number of infected with Covid-19 to date with 13,224 followed by teh regions of Callao (1,416), Lambayeque (864), Loreto (653), Piura (514), Ancash (365), La Libertad (318), Arequipa (276), Ica (213), Junín (207), Tumbes (205), Ucayali (172), Cusco (147), Huánuco (114) , San Martín (107), Cajamarca (78), Madre de Dios (71), Amazonas (60), Moquegua (48), Pasco (46), Apurímac (46), Tacna (44), Ayacucho (38), Huancavelica (19) and Puno (15).
Minsa now has a great resource for seeing more detail in each of Peru’s regions here:
Land Travel After the Quarantine
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) is preparing protocols for land travel when the current restrictions end.
MTC met representatives from the Association of Owners of Interprovincial Buses of Peru, the Confederation of Land Transporters of Peru (Cotrap) and the guilds of Northern Transporters to discuss the procedures that will be required of anyone who transports people. Future protocols will implemented throughout the system of transport and will involve drivers, employees, and passengers.
Social distancing will continue to be required by passengers from arrival at the terminal until they reach their final destination. It ill involve the ticket purchasing process, boarding, and riding on buses, trains, etc.
Peruvian Medical College Recommends Quarantine Extension
In a statement this morning, the Peruvian Medical College asked the government to extend the current quarantine two more weeks due to the increase in COVID cases and related deaths over the past week.
They warned that the removal of the quarantine “in full increase of cases” of new coronavirus in the country “can bring with it a great social cost.”
There was no further information provided on the College’s website.
Six Cusco Police Officers Test Positive
Rapid tests for COVID-19 were given to 200 police officers in Cusco and six tested positive. All six are currently asymptomatic, isolated, and being monitored by the Regional Health Directorate (Diresa).
Aguas Calientes: Ghost Town Video
If you’ve been to Machu Picchu, then it’s almost certain that you at last passed through the little town of Aguas Calientes. While gathering news this afternoon, I came upon this little video showing what it looks like now that everything is closed. The accompanying article is in Spanish, but the video is still eerily quiet. Anyone who’s been to AC will recognize the location as the busiest street in town.
You can see it here:
Leaving You With a Video of Better Days…
I shot this video three years along the Amazon in Iquitos and Tamshiyacu and up in the Andes around Caraz. It’s got nothing to do with the day’s news, but I thought you might like to see something different.
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