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Sunday (August 23) – JUNIN – Ninety-four people died from COVID-19 in the Junín region in just 24 hours, the highest death toll since the beginning of the health emergency, according to an official report from the Regional Health Directorate.
According to authorities, deaths were recorded in seven provinces of Junín in a single day. The province of Huancayo leads the statistics with 67 deaths, followed by Chanchamayo with 9. Likewise, the provinces of Chupaca and Satipo report 5 victims each.
Meanwhile, four people died in Tarma province and two citizens died in Yauli and Junín provinces, adding up to 858 victims of the new coronavirus. In addition, according to Diresa there are 24,592 positive cases of COVID-19. The province of Huancayo accounts for 57% of the infections.
For the director of epidemiology, Luis Zuñiga Villacresis, the plateau has not yet been reached and the rapid increase is due to the fact that citizens do not respect the provisions of the state of emergency.
Zuñiga Villacresis said the number of cases is increasing daily by 400 to 500, 15% of which require hospitalization due to complications of the disease.
For this reason, he called on the citizens of Junín to put into practice the recommendations that are already known to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as hand washing, the correct use of masks and social distancing.
Sunday (August 23) – LAMBAYEQUE – RPP Noticias reports that police arrested 40 young people who were in a discotheque in the district of José Leonardo Ortiz, province of Chiclayo, region of Lambayeque.
The head of the Second Macro Police Region, General Luis Vera Llerena, said that this place was operating behind closed doors and it was necessary to break into the establishment to stop this party that was being held at full volume and with the consumption of alcoholic beverages without respecting the state of emergency.
“We had to break into the nightclub that was behind closed doors. There were 16 minors here. Most of them were not wearing masks and were drinking liquor. The place worked as a lodging that on the third floor had set up a disco behind closed doors. They were all taken to the police station,” he said.
The police authority said the minors were taken to the police station and the parents were called to fine them for not controlling their children.
“Again, we call on the parents. We have applied to them the infraction and the corresponding ticket,” he added.
The police chief also regretted what happened at the Los Olivos discotheque in the city of Lima, which left 13 people dead and asked the municipal authorities and the Public Prosecutor’s Office to be more operative in controlling this problem.
“This kind of dangerous event cannot be accepted in closed places. All the owners are responsible,” he concluded.
Vera Llerena said the police will continue to intensify operations in all districts of the Lambayeque region.
Sunday (August 23) – LIMA – This afternoon the Ministry of Health reported 9,090 more cases of COVID-19 along with 210 deaths.
The amount of testing continues to be very high and the positivity rate dropped again to 25.8% — the lowest in three weeks.
There are 13,363 patients hospitalized by COVID-19, of which 1,515 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 399,357 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
Sunday (August 23) – CUSCO – I shot this little video yesterday morning while wandering around parts of town to see what it’s like. San Blas was pretty empty early in the morning. The San Pedro market was closed, but the streets surrounding were beginning to get crowded with the usual Saturday morning activity.
Sunday (August 23) – UCAYALI – The Ministry of Culture delivered 5,000 masks for the indigenous citizens of the Puerto Belén native community, located in the district of Iparia, province of Coronel Portillo in the Ucayali region, as part of a comprehensive health campaign carried out by the Regional Health Directorate (Diresa).
Sunday (August 23) – JUNIN – Two medical oxygen plants, which will be donated to the Daniel Alcides Carrión Hospital in Huancayo and the Domingo Olavegoya Hospital in Jauja, were received today at the Francisco Carle Airport in Jauja.
Sunday (August 23) – LIMA – At least 13 people died and three others were injured this Saturday night in a discotheque in the Los Olivos district, during an operation carried out by the National Police to enforce the order of social immobility decreed by the government to confront COVID-19.
The incident was recorded at the Thomas Restobar establishment, located at 223 El Zinc Avenue, despite the curfew imposed by the authorities.
In statements to RPP Noticias, National Police General Orlando Velasco said at least 20 police officers intervened in the premises at the request of local residents. Initially, they thought there were 20 or 30 people inside the club, but when they arrived at the place they saw that there were more than 100 in a very small space.
Velasco Mujica also indicated that the premises are located on a second floor and that despite the fact that the agents tried to get the assistants to collaborate with the intervention, they ran towards the exit door and generated a crowd that blocked the access.
“In these circumstances, people get nervous and start to fight to get out. They go over the top of the police, some start to leave, there is a riot, a crowd of people and, unfortunately, they close the door. That’s when the crowd starts and everyone goes against each other,” she said.
The general said that, after the intervention, a team of the green squad arrived with more than 50 police officers who had to tear down the door with a truck and ropes in order to rescue the people. He also said that the wounded were taken to local clinics, but that 12 died on the way, while one woman died on the spot.
Relatives of the people who were inside the party reported that the police threw tear gas and that is why there was a crowd to try to leave the place.
“It seems that the police entered and threw tear gas bombs at them and locked them up, and it seems that these people died of asphyxiation,” said a neighbor from the area.
The Interior Ministry issued a statement in which they said that no weapon or tear gas was used during the intervention. General Velasco himself dismissed the fact and said that it was disinformation.
In the document they also maintained that there are 23 people detained in the Los Olivos Criminal Investigation Department and that the proceedings are being carried out to identify the owners of the premises and promoters of the event.
Sunday (August 23) – LIMA – Last night the Ministry of Health reported 9,169 more cases of COVID-19 along with 208 more deaths.
While this number is very high, the positivity rate of testing dropped to 26.0%. This is the lowest percentage reported in nearly 3 weeks.
There are 13,661 patients hospitalized by COVID-19, of which 1,506 are in ICUs with mechanical ventilation.
So far 391,144 people have completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility. That means there are currently 194,092 actives cases in Peru.
Sunday (August 23) – LIMA – The Ministry of Health (Minsa) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) signed an inter-institutional cooperation agreement that will allow the improvement of 137 health establishments and the strengthening of primary care for the benefit of indigenous populations in San Martin and Ucayali regions.
“Peru owes a debt to indigenous or native peoples in the face of this huge threat such as COVID-19, which is affecting our most vulnerable population. Thanks to this contribution, we are going to strengthen our work and optimize the care of our communities,” Deputy Health Minister Luis Suarez expressed.
Suarez said that thanks to this agreement —whose budget amounts to €1 million— the health establishments serving the indigenous population, as well as rural population centers (64 in San Martin and 73 in Ucayali), will be strengthened with basic equipment, rapid COVID-19 tests, medicine kits, oxygen concentrators, digital thermometers, pulse oximeters and personal protective equipment (PPE).
GIZ Resident Director in Peru, Ulrich Krammenschneider, mentioned the importance of expanding cooperation between the two institutions to a very special field, such as the health sector.
“I am very grateful to be present at the signing of this important agreement, as it will allow us to work in a coordinated manner with the Ministry of Health in the fight against this pandemic,” he stated.
With this agreement, staff and community health agents will be trained in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and referral of COVID-19 patients.
Sunday (August 23) – CUSCO – Cusco’s Regional Health Directorate reported 1,807 more COVID-19 cases yesterday and 40 more deaths. The positivity rate shot up to 36.9%.
It’s good to know that Diresa continues to update with a much more detailed online report available.
The problem is that yesterday’s link gives higher numbers than today’s link despite being marked as updated at exactly the time! I’m not even sure if the date on the reports are accurate so I’m going to go with the latest numbers I found at 8:00 am this morning.
There is also no information explaining if this is a dynamic report that is constantly being updated as new information is reported or if it updated once a day (i.e., at midnight). It’s possible the number reported above are actually for a 2-day period and the date was not changed.
Here are the most recent totals for different provinces. “Migrantres” is a new category and is obviously not a province the Cusco region. There is no explanation, but it likely refers to cases of people who are not residents in the region as there have been cases from other regions sent to Cusco for care.
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Here are the reported cases for the main districts in the central part of the city of Cusco:
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Here are reported cases in some other districts where I think there are a number of readers living as of now:
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This is detailed information that appears to be updated frequently, but the frequency of the updates is not being reported correctly so far. Hopefully a correct pattern of updates will become clear over time if they continue to make these reports.
Also, it’s important to remember that these numbers are total cases since the start of the pandemic in March. No data has been reported about recovered individuals so there is no current data on how many active cases exist across the region.
Saturday (August 22) – LIMA – More than 12 000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in prisons, which is 44% of the more than 27 000 tests carried out so far in prisons, announced the Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Ana Neyra.
Saturday (August 22) – LIMA – In order to avoid the concentration of people during Election Day, Minister Ana Neyra announced that the first thing that has been done is to extend voting hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., in addition to the possibility of having more voting places and the elimination of fines for people over 75, overweight or with some comorbidity who do not wish to vote so as not to expose their health.
Saturday (August 22) – LIMA – Dr. Carlos Castillo, immunization advisor to the Ministry of Health, reported that among the eight laboratories worldwide that have presented their intention to test in Peru are the potential vaccines developed by the University of Oxford and the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson.
Castillo explained in Enfoque de los Sábados that, for the moment, both are not among the four laboratories that, to date, have presented their protocols, of which two have been approved. He explained that in order for the Ministry of Health to approve them, they must present “complete information” and the safety and efficacy results of phases 1 and 2.
“I think that in the next few weeks it should be approved and then they set their own schedule. Many of them hope that, if they are doing these clinical trials in other countries, they will start on the same date. We have four in perspective and four that we know should be presenting their protocols next week,” he said.
Similarly, the doctor recalled that, as announced by President Martin Vizcarra in his Message to the Nation on July 28, “the entire population will receive their vaccine free of charge” because it is a public good. “Vaccines will not be sold here, they will not be charged. The vaccines against COVID-19 and those of the National Scheme are totally free, they are not going to have any cost. Next week the Directorate of Immunization is going to present the country with what the vaccination strategy is going to be,” he explained.
Castillo said that since April the government has made contact with 20 laboratories worldwide that are developing a potential vaccine against COVID-19. In this regard, he highlighted the work of the Foreign Ministry to identify the countries that are carrying out this work in advanced stages.
He highlighted the work of the Foreign Ministry to identify the countries that are carrying out this work in advanced stages. The doctor said that in a second stage, the Government has held meetings with these laboratories to learn about the type of technology they are using. The next step, he added, was the signing of confidential agreements to know the laboratories that would be willing to carry out clinical trials in Peru or to supply them directly.
At the same time, he noted, attention was given to global multilateral coalitions, such as the Covax Facility initiative promoted by the World Health Organization, in which several countries are going to make a “joint purchase, so that there is an equitable distribution of vaccines for the whole world.
Despite these negotiations, Castillo acknowledged that the level of efficacy of these vaccines is not yet known, and therefore stressed the importance of maintaining prevention measures against COVID-19, such as social distancing, use of masks, hand washing and prompt reporting; that is, seeking early medical help.
“This is fundamental: if we want to decrease mortality, it has to be early reporting and seeking medical help. That’s why we are strengthening health facilities at the first level of care, so that people can come to make the immediate notification so that these rapid intervention teams can come,” he said.
After clarifying that the negotiations to access a vaccine are being carried out in parallel to the prevention and care strategies, the specialist clarified that, although at the global level work is being done, currently “there is promise of a vaccine, there is not yet a vaccine. In this regard, he estimated to have a list at the end of the first quarter of 2021.
“If we had a vaccine available, it would be at the end of the first quarter and during the second quarter. If we want to give some information so far, without a specific figure, we’re talking about the first half of next year. What we need to do now is maintain surveillance, rapid notification and rapid response,” he said.
He highlighted the importance of conducting clinical examinations on the potential vaccine in Peru to know “how these will respond in our population because we know that the context and genetics are different in the world.”
Saturday (August 22) – LIMA – Peru’s Congress overwhelmingly approved a law that sanctions hoarding, speculation and adulteration of products and services during the state of emergency with 106 votes in favor, 18 abstentions and 0 votes against.
The replacement text of the bill, which would amend the Criminal Code and the Code of Consumer Protection and Defense, was initially approved on June 5, with 94 votes in favor, 0 against and 33 abstentions.
However, at the beginning of July, the Executive decided to comply with the project and not to promulgate the norm, indicating that it violated the principles that govern the classification of illicit conduct.
According to the Government, there is no empirical or real evidence to show that the Law for the Repression of Anti-competitive Conduct and the administrative measures that protect the free market have failed.
In the debate, legislators insisted that, in the current crisis scenario, many companies had taken advantage of the high demand for certain basic products and services to increase their prices excessively.
This law will prohibit hoarding and speculation of essential goods and services during an emergency. Depending on the type of offence, the penalty will be between two and eight years in prison and between 180 and 365 days of disqualification and a fine.
The document states that those who cause shortages or shortages of essential goods and/or services in order to alter their prices could receive between four and six years in prison and 365 days of fine.
If a company takes advantage of its position in the market to restrict or distort free competition, it could face a penalty of between two and six years in prison.
Altering prices of goods essential to people’s life or health could be punished by imprisonment of at least two years and not more than six years.
If the offence occurs during a state of emergency, the penalty shall be up to eight years’ imprisonment.
Saturday (August 22) – LIMA – The Faculty of Medicine of San Marcos National Major University (UNMSM) will conduct the phase 3 clinical trial of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from the Sinopharm laboratory of the People’s Republic of China, in order to evaluate its safety and protective efficacy.
In a statement, UNMSM said that, in view of the news of trials to test the efficacy of different vaccines against covid-19 in the country, the study will be conducted by the research group ‘Clinical Research Units of the Tropical and Infectious Disease Service’ of the Dean of America.
The research group is coordinated by Eduardo Ticona Chávez, an infectious disease doctor and senior professor at the UNMSM, who will conduct the phase 3 clinical trial in mid-September with the participation of 3,000 healthy people over the age of 18, he says.
The UNMSM added that the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), in parallel, will also conduct the same trial with 3,000 people and with them a total of 6,000 participants.
The Center of Excellence Center for Biomedical and Environmental Technology Research of the UNMSM (CITBM), led by Jorge Alarcón Villaverde, coordinator of the research group ‘Reproductive Health and Sexually Transmitted Infections’, implemented a clinical trials unit at the Institute of Tropical Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine that is qualified to conduct trials to test vaccines against COVID-19.
The ICBL is part of the Global Covid-19 Prevention Network, formed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the United States National Institutes of Health (US-NIH).
This network will launch four major global research projects to study vaccine efficacy by 2020 with approximately 30,000 participants per study, some of which will be implemented in Peru.
In view of this, the CITBM and the Institute of Tropical Medicine are adapting their work teams and facilities to be in a position to participate in some of these investigations as soon as they are approved.
Saturday (August 22) – Huánuco – The Ministry of Health (Minsa) activated rapid temporary care centers (CRAT) in six educational institutions in the districts of Pillco Marca and Amarilis, in the Huánuco region, where people who require timely diagnosis and treatment for COVID-19 can go.
People who have a cough, fever, sore throat, difficulty breathing or are suspected of having the virus are attended to by health professionals at the Juan Velazco Alvarado and Gran Maestro de Pitumama schools in Pillco Marca, as well as Mariano Dámaso Beraún, René Guardián Ramírez, Alejandro Sánchez Arteaga and César Vallejo in Amarilis.
In this intervention, the Minsa has great allies and the commitment of the Regional Directorate of Health (Diresa), which makes available human resources; local governments contribute with the call and logistics that this great effort demands.
The Ministry of Education (Minedu) provides the infrastructure of the educational institutions, while the Peruvian Armed Forces and National Police guarantee security measures.
“The CRAT is a good measure. The priority is to anticipate that the suspicious cases do not get worse and therefore we bring medicines to bring the treatment closer in a timely manner,” said Dr. Henry Rebaza, representative of the Minsa.
For her part, the regional prefect of Huánuco, Herly Cabrera, highlighted the intervention of the government and all the institutions. “In this pandemic no institution can work in isolation; in recent days, the participation of mayors has been of great help and thanks to them we can influence health measures, such as distancing, hand washing and use of masks,” she said.
People who come to the CRATs must wear a mask, water and a national identity card (DNI). They must also respect the dispositions of the Army personnel, who are in charge of guaranteeing social distancing and order for fast and effective health care.
Saturday (August 22) – LIMA – Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti said that division will implement a total of 65 medical oxygen plants in health facilities throughout the country in the coming months, which together will produce approximately 43 additional tons per day.
The Health Minister highlighted that the process of installing the plants responds to a strategy developed by her portfolio, where priority is given to hospitals and centers where a greater demand has been detected, regardless of the subsystem to which they belong. “We have mapped out the need for oxygen throughout the country in order to distribute resources equitably,” said Mazzetti.
The minister said that Peru requires 320 tons of oxygen to meet the existing need. Therefore, in a first stage, 24 oxygen plants will be installed through IOARR investment projects (Optimization, Marginal Expansion, Rehabilitation and Replacement Investments), of which 20 have already been approved and 4 are on the way to being approved.
Mazzetti stressed that Minsa is using all the mechanisms available to it to attend to the population. She said that the 1,290 concentrators acquired by her sector and the 4,591 oxygen bottles distributed nationwide are of great help, but the goal is to have the plants that offer a permanent solution.
Mazzetti said that the only way to meet the existing demand is by joining forces. “The state, private enterprise, academia and our population must participate in health care,” said the health authority during the delivery of an oxygen plant donated by Respira Peru for the city of Arequipa.
“The efforts of this organization show that it is possible to unite the technical capacity of the state with the executive capacity of private institutions to obtain immediate results,” added the Health Minister.
Minister Mazzetti concluded by reminding the population that the pandemic continues to change and that this is why the first level of care with fixed and mobile diagnosis points is being promoted.
Saturday (August 22) – CUSCO – The spread of misinformation across social media is extremely dangerous around the world and Peru and Cusco are certainly not immune from it. What is especially difficult to watch is when it causes serious harm and endangers people’s lives.
In Cusco, doctor Víctor Manchego, director of the Adolfo Guevara Hospital – EsSalud, told Correo that at least a third of his patients with COVID-19 have consumed chlorine dioxide, causing serious damage to their health and a false sense of protection, which finally led to their infection.
The specialist said that in addition to the organic damage produced by the substance, it makes people believe that they are already immune to the coronavirus, causing them to stop taking care of themselves as they used to, to go out more and to stop using the biosecurity elements.
“In Peru, the production of chlorine dioxide to treat COVID-19 is not recognized or guaranteed, and people are desperate and are consuming everything in their power to falsely avoid infection,” he said.
The director of the Cusco hospital says that in the country the formulation of chlorine dioxide is illegal and is not protected by law, so the denunciation and prosecution of laboratories and businesses that sell this substance is a necessity of the state.
“It is up to the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the health sector to take action to eradicate this bad practice. The harm caused by chlorine dioxide complicates the situation of patients and reduces their defenses when they need them most,” he said.
According to the World Health Organization, there are no medical reports or projections that guarantee positive results from the consumption of chlorine dioxide before or during convalescence from coronavirus, but rather damage to the esophagus and stomach was evident, as well as complications in the liver and kidneys after its dosage.
For her part, the executive president of EsSalud Nacional, Fiorela Molinelli, said from Cusco that children die every day from complications arising from the intake of chlorine dioxide, calling on the Office of the Attorney General for Crime Prevention to take action to stop the indiscriminate consumption of this product.
“No authority can say that it recommends them to take the substance, these authorities must be intervened by the Prosecutor’s Office for endangering the population, they must denounce them for inciting to ingest substances that have not been approved by the Minsa and that are causing serious consequences in our country,” he said.
Saturday (August 22) – CUSCO – Yesterday the Fundación Comparte Salud and Inkafarma donated one thousand medicine kits composed of Paracetamol, Azitromicina and Ivermectina to fight COVID-19 in the city of Cusco. The aim is to stop the rate of infection, which is around 9,000 cases, and to prevent patients from becoming intoxicated by consuming non-prescribed drugs.
“Due to the increase in positive cases of COVID-19 in Cusco, people are self-medicating; however, this brings even more negative consequences, the region faces a high rate of intoxication as a result of the consumption of non-prescribed drugs,” said Carlos Milla, president of the Cusco Chamber of Tourism.
To avoid this situation, Hernán Malpartida, director of Corporate Affairs of InRetail Pharma said: “we are present to support the brothers from the south with medicine kits to treat the coronavirus. We also call for more companies to join the effort of the Cusco Chamber of Tourism that seeks attention and early detection of COVID-19”.
For their part, Intercorp and Casa Andina have donated S/ 100,000 to the Cusco Chamber of Tourism. “Part of this monetary aid will be directed to improve the logistics for the transfer of oxygen from the Cachimayo plant to the Cusco hospitals,” said Milla.
A similar donation was made last week in Arequipa, where they called for more companies to join the COVID-19 prevention campaigns to reduce the high rate of infection in Peru and save more lives.
Saturday (August 22) – LIMA – Late last night the Ministry of Health reported 9,008 more cases of COVID-19 and 211 more deaths. The positivity rate jumped 1.5 points to 28.6%.
There are 13,773 patients hospitalized by COVID-19, of whom 1,530 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 384,908 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility — 4,830 more than yesterday.
Friday (August 21) – CUSCO – Cusco’s Regional Directorate reported 1,086 more cases of COVID-19 along with 31 more deaths. The positivity rate for the day’s testing to 23.6%.
Interestingly, they provided a link to a new interactive data page that prives quite a bit of data. Diresa has changed formats for reporting many times in the previous 5 months, but this one is pretty good. I haven’t had time to delve into the statistics, but if they update this daily it will be very useful.
Friday (August 21) – ANCASH – EsSalud’s Hospital III Chimbote increased its capacity to care for critical patients affected by the new coronavirus with nine additional beds in the intensive care unit (ICU), representing a growth of 100 %.
Friday (August 21) – LIMA – Andina News wrote a really good summary (in English) of the government’s Tayta Program at this link: https://andina.pe/ingles/noticia-get-to-know-perus-anticovid19-tayta-operation-810824.aspx.
Friday (August 21) – LIMA – The US Embassy just released this information on voting from abroad for US citizens in Peru:
Message for U.S. Citizens: Election 2020 Voter Registration and Ballot Return, Peru (August 21, 2020) –
The U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru modified its ballot collection procedures to assist overseas voters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning Monday, August 24, U.S. citizens may bring their voter registration forms, absentee ballot requests, and completed ballots to the U.S. Embassy to be mailed to the United States. Embassy officials will collect election materials on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. This service will be available until Monday, November 2 (except U.S. federal holidays).
Please read the following information carefully. If you have additional questions or need voting assistance, please email VoteLima@state.gov. Remember that YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
STEP ONE: REGISTER TO VOTE! Registering to vote is fast, easy, and can be done from anywhere in the world! Start by confirming your voter registration with your state. Some states require absentee voters to register annually so you may need to re-register. Go to FVAP.gov to connect to your state’s voter portal to register to vote, request a ballot, and more.
STEP TWO: REQUEST YOUR BALLOT! Once you are registered to vote, request your ballot! Most states provide the option to request ballots through their state election portals, which you can access via FVAP.gov. You can also choose to complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The completion of the FPCA allows you to request absentee ballots for all elections for federal offices (President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. House of Representatives) including primaries and special elections during the calendar year in which it is submitted. FPCA forms that are correctly filled out and include a signature and date are accepted by all local election officials in every U.S. state and territory. FVAP’s online assistant can assist you in completing the FPCA.
Whether you request your ballot through your state’s portal or the FPCA, we encourage you to select the option for receiving your ballot electronically (by email, internet download, or fax) when available. This is the fastest way to get your ballot and ensures you have it in time to return a completed form before your state’s deadline.
STEP THREE: COMPLETE AND RETURN! Receive and complete your ballot: States are required to send out ballots 45 days before a regular election for federal office, and states generally send out ballots at least 30 days before primary elections. Most states allow you to confirm your ballot delivery online.
Return your completed and signed ballot: Some states allow you to return your completed ballot electronically and others do not. If your state requires you to return paper voting forms or ballots to local election officials by mail, you can do so through international mail, professional courier service, or through the U.S. Embassy Lima’s diplomatic pouch.
Postage: The diplomatic pouch provides mail service for ballots and voter registration forms between embassies and consulates and a U.S. sorting facility. You will need to place your ballots in postage-paid return envelopes (printed from FVAP.gov) or in envelopes bearing sufficient U.S. postage for them to be delivered to local election authorities. The U.S. Embassy DOES NOT provide or sell postage. U.S. postage may be purchased online at https://www.usps.com. Click here for the latest updates and information on U.S.-Peru postal services.
Diplomatic Pouch: If using the diplomatic pouch, ballots and voter registration cards can be dropped off at the U.S. Embassy (Avenida La Encalada 1615, Santiago de Surco, Lima 15023) between 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. You do not need an appointment to submit voting materials. Place your materials in a postage-paid return envelope (available under “Downloadable Election Materials” on the FVAP homepage) or in an envelope bearing sufficient domestic U.S. postage, and address it to the relevant local election officials. Please note it can take up to four weeks for mail to reach its destination if sent by an embassy or consulate via diplomatic pouch.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Researching candidates and issues: Go to the FVAP links page for helpful resources to aid your research of candidates and issues. Non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues are widely available and easy to obtain online. You can also read national and hometown newspapers online or search the internet to locate articles and information. For information about election dates and deadlines, subscribe to FVAP’s Voting Alerts (firstname.lastname@example.org). FVAP also shares Voting Alerts via Facebook (@DODFVAP), Twitter (@FVAP), and Instagram (@fvapgov).
Learn more at the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) website, FVAP.gov. If you have any questions about registering to vote overseas, please contact U.S. Embassy Lima’s Voting Assistance Officer at VoteLima@state.gov.
Friday (August 21) – LIMA – Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti reported that eight groups working on potential COVID-19 vaccines have expressed interest in working with Peru on the vaccine development strategy.
She mentioned that two clinical trials have already been approved for Peru. “This will allow us to be part of the whole search for the vaccine and allow us to be one step ahead by the time the vaccine is available. But that’s not just what needs to be done, there are many more things that need to be done. To start with, the budgetary part: we have to foresee budgetary aspects that MEF is already starting to organize”, he said.
Mazzetti also explained that Peru will participate in the Covax Facility initiative, promoted by the World Health Organization, in order to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine for 20% of the countries’ population “in the first instance”, an initiative that joins other independent initiatives that could sell vaccines to the country.
Mazzetti added that the Ministry of Economy has already advanced with the payment of 20 million that should have been made before September 15.
“In addition, we have to prepare,” she said. “We have already done all the research and organization to see how we would vaccinate ourselves, in what order, how many groups. We are organizing the vaccination strategy and preparing the vaccinators to participate. We’re also putting together all the material we need, particularly the cold chain, so that everything is in place so that by the time any vaccine is approved we can get it easily and it will flow and we won’t be delayed.”
Friday (August 21) – GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic will last “less than two years” and will be less long-lasting than the Spanish flu of 1918, which caused tens of millions of deaths in two years.
“We hope to end this pandemic in less than two years. Above all, if we manage to unite our efforts (…) and make maximum use of the resources available and hope that we can have supplementary tools such as vaccines, I think we can end it in a shorter time than the 1918 flu,” he said at a press conference.
The WHO director said the arrival of an eventual vaccine against COVID-19 “is not going to end the pandemic by itself,” although he noted that “there is no guarantee that we are going to have it (the vaccine).
“No country will be able to solve this problem alone until we have the vaccine, which would be a vital tool, and we hope to have it as soon as possible,” he said.
The doctor urged all countries to “learn how to control and manage this virus using the current tools,” and to “make the adjustments in daily life that are necessary to stay safe.
In that sense, he reiterated that it is necessary to learn to live with the virus, since confinements “are not a long-term solution for any country.
“We should not choose between health and economy, it is a false choice. On the contrary, the COVID-19 pandemic reminds us that health and the economy are inseparable,” he said.
At another point, Tedros Adhanom referred to the COVID-19 outbreaks that some countries are experiencing: “Several countries are now facing new outbreaks after a long period with almost no transmission. These countries draw attention to others that are now experiencing a reduction in the number of cases. Progress does not mean victory. Early detection of outbreaks is vital to prevent community transmission.”
Friday (August 21) – CUSCO – The health of the provincial mayor of Cusco, Ricardo Valderrama, is in a critical situation and continues to fight, for over 20 days, against the COVID-19 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Adolfo Guevara hospital, reported the manager of the EsSalud Cusco Healthcare Network, Victor Manchego.
Friday (August 21) – LIMA – Between April and May, Peru lost nearly 6.72 million jobs due to the pandemic, according to calculations by the National Institute of Statistics and Information (INEI).
Now there would be about 10,272,000 Peruvians forming part of the working population, and of that total only 1,866,000 would have adequate employment, and more than 8 million would be underemployed at the national level.
According to the INEI, which calculated income between July 2019 and June 2020, the average salary of a Peruvian is S/1,552.8. This figure is similar to the one registered only in Metropolitan Lima, which is S/ 1,519.5.
Employees under 24 years of age earn an average of S/965 per month. While workers between 25 and 44 years old have salaries of S/1,664.7, and those over 45 earn about S/1,612.
The sector that records the highest average wage is the service sector, which includes transportation and communications companies, financial intervention, real estate activities, education, and social and health service activities.
In the last 12 months, the average salary in the service sector was S/1,759, only 0.7% more than last year.
In activities related to construction, the average salary is S/1,746. While in manufacturing and commerce, the approximate monthly income is S/1,489.9 and S/1,290.5, respectively.
The income that decreased the most between July 2019 and June 2020 corresponds to agriculture, fishing and mining activities. The average salary recorded by the INEI is S/1,138, 9.4% less than in the same period of the previous year.
INEI figures indicate that educational level makes a big difference in workers’ income.
Those employees who have only studied up to primary school earn about S/872.9 and those who studied up to secondary school earn S/1,274 per month.
Employees with non-university education earn about S/1,636.6. Meanwhile, workers with complete university studies have average salaries of S/ 2,572.1 per month.
Friday (August 21) – LIMA – The Peruvian economy dropped 30.2% in the second quarter of the year, that is, between April and June, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics and Information (INEI).
During the first quarter of the year the fall was 3.5%, which put the country officially in recession.
This collapse of the GDP was generated by the stoppage of work and the subsequent closure of businesses that has left more than 6 million 720 thousand people without work.
According to Bloomberg this is the worst fall among the main Latin American economies. Meanwhile, the World Bank projects that this would be one of the deepest recessions of this year.
Despite the flexibilities imposed for the country’s economic recovery, the service and retail sectors continue to lag behind and many small businesses have had to close.
“It’s not so easy to get back into economic activity when you’ve had such a brutal fall. Many companies have gone bankrupt and will continue to do so. It’s optimistic to think we’ve hit bottom,” Miguel Jaramillo, a Grade researcher, told Bloomberg.
In June alone, the economy contracted by 18% due to unfavorable behavior of the main components of domestic demand such as household consumption and the drop in construction investment.
Friday (August 21) – LIMA – RPP Noticias is reporting this morning that more than 50,000 health professionals, including dentists, obstetricians, pharmaceutical chemists, nutritionists, medical technologists, biologists, social workers and veterinarians, announced that they would join the medical strike on Aug. 26 “in view of the failure of the authorities to improve the health sector.”
Dr. José Rojas Rueda, spokesman for the health professionals, said the health budget must be increased to guarantee adequate personal protection equipment for all health professionals and to carry out screening for all workers in the various health facilities nationwide.
“Currently we have health professionals who are infected and many have even died. We cannot allow these outrages and if the Ministry of Health does not want to listen to us, then we are going on a national strike. Currently, more than 400 health professionals have died,” said the union’s spokesperson.
On Wednesday 26th, health professionals will hold a national protest in order to complain about the working conditions in which all health personnel in our country are working. On the same day, the Peruvian Medical Federation will also comply with this measure for “not evidencing concrete solutions” to their demands.
In the case of the FMP, this measure was agreed upon by the Board of Directors of the institution that groups doctors who work for institutions of the Ministry of Health, public agencies and regional health directorates. In their communiqué, however, they reported that during the days of the strike, the services in critical areas and triage “will function normally.
Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti regretted the decision of the Peruvian Medical Federation to announce a national strike of 48 hours for Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 August for “not showing concrete solutions through the dialogue table to the points of our union platform.”
“We all know that we are going through a very difficult time,” said Dr. Mazzetti, “and I am very sorry that colleagues want to take such pressure measures. We understand all the circumstances. We are all in trouble, and financial trouble. The debt with the health workers is quite important. I am sorry that they are taking these kinds of measures and I do not think that this is the best time for us to have difficulties with care. What we need most is all our health workers who are sacrificing. I think we can take that moment forward,” he said. think that this is the best time for us to have difficulties with care. What we need most is all our health workers who are sacrificing. I think we can take that moment forward.”
Friday (August 21) – LIMA – Alicia Abanto, assistant to the state ombudsman’s office, told RPP Noticias that nationwide there are only 118 ICU beds left with mechanical ventilators for patients with COVID-19. She indicated that Lima and Callao only have 17 of them available.
Abanto said that according to data obtained up to August 15, only 101 ICU beds remain in the other regions, and departments such as Cajamarca, Piura, Huancavelica, Moquegua and Lima provinces no longer have any. The regions of Lambayeque, Cusco and Tacna each have only one mechanically ventilated bed with Amazonas, Tumbes and Ancash have two ICU beds per department, according to the same report.
Abanto reiterated the request of the Ombudsman’s Office that information on the arrangement and location of beds in hospitals and intensive care units, as well as information on medical oxygen, be included on the Minsa’s COVID-19 situation room page.
Friday (August 21) – LIMA – This morning Peru’s Ministry of Health post a new report correcting some errors in yesterday’s post regarding testing numbers. (If you read the section I’ve already posted, it’s not deleted and this is the most current and accurate information.)
Minsa reported 8,639 more cases of COVID-19 along with 200 more deaths. In this new report, the positivity rate dropped slightly to 27.1% — the lowest since August 2.
There are 13,779 patients hospitalized by COVID-19, of whom 1,519 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 380,730 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
Friday (August 21) – CUSCO – Diario Correa reports that the Regional Hospital of Cusco has recently acquired 50 medical oxygen bottles according to Dr. Germán Vizcarra, executive director of the Cusco hospital.
This purchase demanded an investment of approximately 170 thousand nuevos soles, which was made possible thanks to the work of the Administration Department, the Logistics Unit and the Pharmacy Service. As soon as they were delivered by the supplier, the bottles were made available to hospitalized patients who needed them very urgently.
Vizcarra Loayza said that this acquisition is in addition to the 46 balls that were delivered a few weeks ago by the Ministry of Health, which at the moment allows to supply the demand of patients whose state of health has been complicated by the coronavirus.
Currently, the Cusco Regional Hospital has about 230 oxygen bottles, and is awaiting the receipt of a new batch of bottles whose purchase is still in process.
“We have obtained studies from the Ministry of Health in order to make viable a project to equip our hospital with an oxygen production plant, which would require an investment of approximately two and a half million soles,” said the director.
Pharmaceutical chemist Vladimir Lizárraga, head of the Pharmacy Service, said that in the last 45 days the use of oxygen has quadrupled, which may even continue to grow since it is not known when the pandemic will peak in our region.
The bottles are used to get the oxygen from two suppliers and from the oxygen plant in Cachimayo. The hospital’s maintenance service personnel work 24 hours a day, bringing the bottles from the supplier plants in Saylla and Cachimayo.
Friday (August 21) – LIMA – Peru’s National Health Institute (INS) received from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) a donation of 300,000 supplies to carry out molecular tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19.
The contribution is composed of 3 sets containing 300,000 E-gene primers and probes used in molecular diagnostic procedures.
INS Chief Cesar Cabezas thanked PAHO representative Ruben Mayorga for the donation and highlighted the organization’s support in delivering COVID-19 diagnoses.
The contribution is part of the laboratory supply packages allocated for the INS to strengthen capacities in the processing of samples by the national network of public laboratories.
Mayorga indicated that PAHO will continue to support Peru in the provision of diagnostic tools.
The event was held at the INS headquarters in Lima on Thursday.
Friday (August 21) – CUSCO – La Republica reports that yesterday, in the town of Potrero, the body of Ciprian Loayza Condori (61) was found. According to the police report, the man was grazing cattle in the Provincial Municipality of La Convención when the fire caught up with him.
The number of deaths from forest fires in the region now stands at 10. A few days earlier, a woman died while burning brush on her farm in Canchis province.
In the last hours, according to the Police, another incident was reported, this time in the hill Sihuina of the district of Accha, province of Paruro. The fire has been spreading for 24 hours. The authorities of the zone request the intervention of brigadistas and firemen.
Friday (August 21) – CUSCO – The Adolfo Guevara Velasco National Hospital of EsSalud, in the city of Cusco, received validation from the National Institute of Health (INS) to process molecular tests and detect cases of the new coronavirus in just sixty minutes.
Proof of compliance with the requirements for these examinations will allow the hospital to take tests on a larger scale and to know exactly how many people are infected.
“With the validation we have received from the INS, we will be able to process many more molecular tests and the results will be available in just one hour. In this way, the tests, which are much more accurate, will allow us to know how many people we have infected with the new coronavirus,” said Fiorella Molinelli, executive president of Social Security Health.
The molecular biology laboratory at the Adolfo Guevara Velasco Hospital is in charge of carrying out the sampling. Initially, there were 200 tests to detect the virus, which were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the health registry of the Ministry of Health (Minsa). The first test that was done was on a male policyholder, and the result was negative.
“With this scope, in times of pandemic, EsSalud Cusco becomes the first establishment nationwide that has this technology. The molecular tests are administered and used according to medical protocol,” he said.
Molinelli highlighted the work of the team made up of medical technologists from the Department of Diagnostic Support and Treatment of the Aldolfo Guevara Velasco Hospital of EsSalud, stating that they are prepared and accredited to apply the molecular tests on a larger scale.
Before leaving the Cusco facility, Molinelli discussed what was done during her visit to the region and highlighted the mega operations “EsSalud Te Cuida”.
“We have carried out more than 1,500 rapid tests in the megaoperatives that we execute in the College of Engineers, San Francisco de Asís, Diego Quispe Tito and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega schools. On our last day we added a new point, located in the plaza of Ccaccaccollo. We also delivered COVID-19 kits containing ivermectin, azithromycin and paracetamol,” he said.
Molinelli was also in charge of welcoming the 250 professionals, including doctors, nurses and technicians, who from today join the actions that EsSalud is deploying against the new coronavirus.
“You are going to contribute with your youth, your enthusiasm, but, above all, with your vocation of service, and you must understand that teamwork is the only thing that will help us defeat this invisible enemy that is COVID-19,” she emphasized.
He highlighted the coordinated work between the public and private sectors in the fight against the pandemic and announced the upcoming installation of a 20-ton isotank at the Adolfo Guevara Velasco Hospital, which will allow the supply, not only of this establishment, but also of the EsSalud Cusco Village that will soon be launched.
“In these two days in Cusco we have made joint actions with the regional governor, Jean Paul Benavente, the provincial mayor, Romi Infantas, and Archbishop Richard Alarcon, with whom we are establishing strategies to mitigate the spread of the virus, but especially how to benefit more patients with oxygen. The message that with united authorities we can confront the pandemic should reach the population,” she concluded.
Friday (August 21) – HUARAZ – Andina News reports that the Regional Directorate of Health (Diresa) Áncash received yesterday eight tons of medicines, 10,000 rapid tests and 136 oxygen bottles to enhance the attention and response to the advance of COVID-19.
The delivery of medicines and supplies was made by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Luis Incháustegui Zevallos, who arrived yesterday morning in Huaraz to hold meetings with local authorities in order to articulate actions to fight COVID-19.
Among the medicines received are 15,000 tablets of azithromycin and 8,000 doses of ivermectin. Among the medicines received were 15,000 azithromycin tablets and 8,000 doses of ivermectin. This delivery also included personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses of the Ancash hospitals, such as: 20,000 three-fold masks, 10,000 N95 type respirators, surgical gloves, aprons, boots, glasses and others.
He also announced the early installation of a medical oxygen plant in coordination with the regional government in order to ensure supplies to hospitals.
Incháustegui also said that they will strengthen Tayta operations to attend to the vulnerable population and detect positive cases of the new coronavirus in the Ancashina population in a timely manner.
As of yesterday, the COVID-19 Situation Room in Diresa Áncash reported 26,118 confirmed cases and 1,270 deaths; with a fatality rate of 4.9%.
Friday (August 21) – LIMA – A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) says that they have approved the “Sectorial Sanitary Protocol before the COVID-19 for adventure tourism, canoeing and trekking”. Now these activities will be able to operate again within the framework of the third phase of economic reactivation approved by the Government.
Thanks to this document, around 1,000 travel agencies, which provide this type of service, will be able to operate again from today. To do so, they must have registered the “Plan for surveillance, prevention and control of COVID-19 at work”, in accordance with the provisions of the R.M. N° 448-2020/MINSA and send it to the e-mail email@example.com.
It is important to remember that, in addition to complying with the protocol, the agencies must abide by the Safety Regulations for the Provision of Adventure Tourism Services and the Regulations for Tourist Rafting, as appropriate.
The “Sectorial Sanitary Protocol before the COVID-19 for adventure tourism, canoeing and trekking” establishes a series of measures to safeguard the health of workers and users.
The document includes preventive health measures for the use and disinfection of equipment and the development of the service when it involves spending the night in the field, among others.
It should be noted that the draft protocol was prepared by Cenfotur, in coordination with representatives of the private sector, and reviewed by the Ministry of Health.
Mincetur calls on regional and local governments to monitor compliance with the provisions contained in the protocol. As recalled, both regional and local governments, according to their competencies, are responsible for making verifications and inspections. The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, through its “Safe Tourism” initiative, will provide support to the inspection efforts.
The “Sectorial Sanitary Protocol before the COVID-19 for adventure tourism, canoeing and trekking” can be downloaded through the following link: https://www.gob.pe/institucion/mincetur/normas-legales/1110079-171-2020-mincetur
The national vacationer has been increasing adventure tourism activities in a sustained way in the last three years. From 6% in 2017 to 15% in 2019.
It is noted that the urban areas of Arequipa, Ica, Junín, Huánuco, San Martín, Madre de Dios and Áncash are excluded from participating in the third phase of economic reactivation.
Thursday (August 20) – LIMA – President Vizcarra gave an address to the nation this afternoon. Here is a summary and some highlights of what was said:
He opened by mentioning that the Ministers of State travel constantly to the regions of the country to attend to the most urgent demands.
He pointed out that he was accompanied today only by the Prime Minister, Walter Martos, the Foreign Minister, Mario López, and the Ministers of Health, Pilar Mazzetti, and Social Inclusion, Patricia Donayre because others were out visiting various regions.
“Every week, every day, the ministers are in the countryside, they are in the regions, throughout the territory because our government’s policy is a national vision and we articulate national policies from the ministries but we implement them in the regions, coordinating with the three levels: national, regional and local,” he said.
“We are seeing and adjusting the strategies in each of the regions,” he said, but he also warned, “The serious thing is that children and adolescents are bringing the virus home, and that’s where the danger lies.”
He then discussed Peru’s efforts to acquire a vaccine for COVID when one becomes available.
“There are several phases to achieve the vaccine,” he said. “We have more than 135 laboratories that are starting pre-clinical testing, which has not been tested on humans”
He noted that eight laboratories are currently in the last phase of development which involves human trials. “The WHO [World Health Organization] is promoting a vaccine to be applied to 20% of the world population. We have until the end of the month to confirm our participation as a country [to the WHO]. We will confirm our participation.”
Vizcarra reported that there will be clinical trials in Peru of vaccines from China, the UK, the US and Germany.
“We are in talks with laboratories for the acquisition of 30 million vaccines,” he noted. “There is a procedure to be done in the country for the approval of the vaccine. It is a six-month procedure. We can’t allow that time.”
Vizcarra informed that the coordination is being done so that the national process for the approval of the vaccine has a maximum term of 15 days. “Be confident that we are putting in the effort to immediately make the application (of the vaccine),” he said.
He then discussed the recent rise in COVID infections. “”In May we reached a level of contagion that stabilized, in June we saw that the level of contagion began to drop. In the month of July, the contagion started again,” Vizcarra said.
“I need the support and responsibility of all Peruvians…We have been failing in the last month when we have generated an excess of confidence in meetings with people around us. I’m not saying that, studies by experts are saying that.”
“Maybe the person you love most in this life is the one who will infect you,” he said. “”The enemy can come from the person you love most, who with a kiss full of love is infecting you with the virus.”
“Let’s be responsible for these additional months,” asked Vizcarra, referring to the arrival of the vaccine against COVID-19.
At the conclusion of his address, the President and various ministers responded to questions from the media.
In response to a question about the situation in Arequipa, Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti reported that there are currently 124 beds available for hospitalization in Arequipa. She said there are between three and four free ICU beds per day, adding that “Arequipa is stabilizing.”
She also referred to the direct requests from Arequipa’s governor, Elmer Cáceres Llica, to Russia to acquire vaccines from that country in saying that all purchases will be done through the Ministry of Health.
President Vizcarra interjected that a purchased vaccine must be proven safe — something that is not certain with the Russian vaccine as proper research procedures are apparently not being followed in an effort to make it available very quickly.
“The numbers of violence against women have not only not decreased, but have increased, in some areas of the country,” Vizcarra acknowledged, in response to a question from the press. “These are unfortunate figures.”
RPP Noticias asked if they considered that the administrations’s strategy to face the pandemic has failed.
As part of her response, Health Minister Mazetti, said “The presence of gaps in the number of deaths is a product of analysis,” said Minister Mazzetti. “There is not a country in the world that is doing a death toll check in parallel with the pandemic. We are trying to act with the greatest transparency.”
Vizcarra reminded that “At the beginning of the pandemic we only had 2,000 hospital beds, but now we are approaching 20,000. In the ICU, from just over 100 beds, we now have 1,650 ICU beds.”
With regard to questions about the Universal Family Bonuses being paid to needy families, Vizcarra responded “We have reached 8.6 million homes. Consequently, to say that it is a failure, we do not share that criterion. There have been shortcomings in the delivery of it, but if you make an objective analysis, you can see that it is a government with feeling and that it has a commitment to the vulnerable population.”
The Minister of Development and Social Inclusion, Patricia Donayre, said that the National Registry of Homes now exists. She also said that the communication campaign will be expanded so that the scope of the bond is better known.
The President of the Council of Ministers, Walter Martos, noted that “The strategy against the pandemic has many lines of action. It’s a comprehensive strategy, with support for the neediest families.”
Martos continued by reminded that “Operation Tayta is about early detection and treatment…We’ve talked to the minister about replacing rapid test with molecular tests…Containment is being sought.”
President Vizcarra closed by saying, “This is an ongoing effort that we must all make, and in the forefront is the government…We have reached the population with powerful communication campaigns.”
“There are always irresponsible ones,” he continued. “We used to report people we arrested for not respecting the timetables…Now the campaign is about the aspect that you’re catching it in the places you thought were safest.”
“We [the administration] think in the moment, but also, responsibly, in the medium term [about a vaccine]…We’re going to keep working. Once again we call on everyone, don’t let your guard down, but we’re going to get ahead…We will be prepared for when the vaccine arrives, but until it arrives we have to keep fighting.”
Thursday (August 20) – LIMA – Andina News reports that, so far, 92 universities in the country (64.82%), both public and private, and two graduate schools have obtained their operating license from the National Superintendence of Higher University Education (Sunedu), having met the basic conditions of quality (CBC).
However 47 higher education institutions (33.79%) and two postgraduate schools have been denied a license.
Sunedu also reported that one university (0.69 %) has failed to demonstrate compliance with the CBCs and has been required to submit a plan to close the basic quality gaps in providing university higher education service. Similarly, one university (0.69 %) is in the process of a documentary review.
In total, 141 universities and 4 graduate schools have applied to Sunedu for their operating licenses.
Two public universities with a founding law that were considered among the 143 universities that had to submit their application for institutional licensing (SLI) failed to submit their documentation (Universidad Nacional Tecnológica de San Juan de Lurigancho and Universidad Autónoma Municipal de Los Olivos).
Sunedu recalled that in November 2015, after the corresponding socialization with the most relevant actors that are part of the university higher education system, the licensing model and its implementation in the university system was published. This document established, for the first time, the CBCs that universities had to comply with in order to provide the educational service.
In December of the same year, Sunedu received the first application for licensure from a university (University of Engineering and Technology, UTEC).
Also, on March 25, 2016, the first resolution to grant an institutional license to a university was published and on March 20, 2017, the institutional license was granted to La Molina Agrarian University, becoming the first to be licensed.
Thursday (August 20) – LA LIBERTAD – La Libertad Governor Manuel Llenpén said Wednesday that his region is experiencing a second wave “of resurgence of contagion” of the new coronavirus. He said that as of June 30, 13,500 cases had been confirmed with COVID-19 in the department, and in July alone the figure rose to 27,500 infections, more than double the number registered in the first months of the pandemic.
Governor Llenpén said that to date almost 100,000 tests have been done to rule out COVID-19 in La Libertad, and more than 35,000 were positive, a third of the total. He indicated that the level of lethality of the disease in the region exceeds 8%. In addition, he reported that 90% of the infections are concentrated in the five provinces of the department’s coast.
Thursday (August 20) – LIMA – The reopening of international flights in Peru will only be for cases of extreme necessity, as announced by the head of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Carlos Estremadoyro.
With the upcoming start of phase 4 of the economic revival, only travel for health, work or study purposes would be allowed.
“We may open international flights in a short period of time, but only the small percentage that has to travel because of extreme need will be moved,” the minister said.
For the time being, the government does not plan to reopen commercial flights.
The flights that would be allowed would be managed and organized through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, coordinating with the Peruvian embassies and their counterparts in the countries where they are located.
After going through a stage with only flights of extreme need, there would be flights with greater controls, which would increase the requirements for those leaving the country as well as those arriving.
The minister explained that these restrictions would be relaxed once the number of infections decreases and the country’s health capacity is more comfortable to attend to patients.
[NOTE: Please do not assume that any of this will happen. It is simply speculation.]
Thursday (August 20) – CUSCO – This morning Cusco’s Regional Health Directorate reported 978 more cases of COVID-19 and 25 deaths in the region.
Testing dropped a little as did the positivity rate which was 27.4% in the daily report.
Thursday (August 20) – CUSCO – According to the latest report from the National Forest and Wildlife Service (Serfor), Cusco is in second place in terms of the number of forest fires in 2020 with 141 incidents so far, only three emergencies below Puno, which has 144 fires in 2020.
This figure is really worrying, and is much higher than that recorded in previous years. It should be noted that in the Cusco Region nine people have already died as a result of these forest fires — eight community members in the province of Quispicanchi and one resident in La Convención.
Currently, the Satellite Monitoring Unit of the Serfor identified that the number of forest fires increased by 121% this year, compared to the same period (January-August) of 2019, when 379 incidents were reported.
In addition to the irreparable damage to flora and fauna, as well as significant losses to crops and private property, the smoke from forest fires significantly affects health at the lung level and makes people more vulnerable to contracting diseases, such as the coronavirus.
“Smoke from forest fires can trigger a long list of health problems, such as asthma attacks, headaches, damage to the airways, among others. And it makes people more vulnerable to catching other diseases,” said the Serfor.
Currently, the authorities are carrying out campaigns to prevent the burning of agricultural waste and natural grasses, because due to the intense winds, any use of fire will produce a forest fire, which puts the lives and health of people at risk, and will generate losses of forest resources and wildlife, as well as, plantations and agricultural crops, among other economic and environmental effects.
The regional manager of Natural Resources and Management of the Environment of Cusco, Maria Cazorla, affirmed that, of 112 municipalities, only 17 fulfilled the formulation of these plans, revealing a great level of negligence and disinterest by the authorities in the prevention of forest fires.
“According to the laws in force the municipalities are called to attend as entities of first response this type of emergencies, but we see that they do not worry in doing his plans of work, which are the base for the work opposite to these disasters, ” indicated
It is worth mentioning that causing forest fires and burning forest resources, which are part of the heritage, are very serious offences according to Law No. 29763, the Forestry and Wildlife Law. The administrative penalty (fine) for this type of offence ranges from 10 to 5000 Tax Units (UIT). The Criminal Code provides for a prison sentence of four to six years.
During the year 2020, the following number of accidents by region have been registered so far: Puno 144, Cusco 141, Huánuco 73, Junín 73, Ayacucho 67, Áncash 64, Apurímac 60, Huancavelica 56, La Libertad 34, Arequipa 31, Cajamarca 28, Pasco 20, Amazonas 15, Lima 14, Piura 5, San Martín 5, Madre de Dios 3, Lambayeque 2, Moquegua 2, Tumbes 1.
Thursday (August 20) – CUSCO – Andina News reported that Peruvian health authorities will intensify their actions this week with the aim of mitigating the COVID-19 contagion in Cusco, and the Social Health Insurance System (EsSalud) will participate in the mega-operations set to take place in the Imperial City.
EsSalud Executive-President Fiorella Molinelli arrived in Cusco on Wednesday to lead the corresponding actions.
“We know that positive cases of the novel coronavirus have exponentially increased in Cusco. That is why we are going to carry out the EsSalud Te Cuida (EsSalud Takes Care of You) operations, which are intended to detect those citizens who are infected with the virus,” Molinelli said.
“They (operations) also serve to provide timely attention to them (…) by giving them our bags consisting of COVID-19 kits, which contain azithromycin, ivermectin and paracetamol,” she added.
Along with the EsSalud head, a technical team made up of specialists in health issues, doctors, nurses, laboratory workers and other medical professionals travelled to Cusco. They will be in charge of the actions carried out in the southern region.
The delegation also took four mechanical ventilators which will serve to increase the Intensive Care Units (ICU) in the area to 22 as well as 5 tons of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE), medicines and rapid tests, thus leading to 38 tons of medical supplies brought to the region during the health emergency.
Molinelli will stay in Cusco for two days. There, she will also meet with regional and local authorities, as well as with private sector and civil society representatives.
“We must understand that sectors must be committed to this fight, thus becoming a single force; that is the only way to win this battle,” she said.
During the health emergency, the number of hospital beds destined for COVID-19 care in Cusco increased from 8 to more than 252. The same happened with the amount of those at ICUs which climbed from 2 to 22.
Thursday (August 20) – LIMA – The Ministry of Health (Minsa), sent more than forty tons of medical supplies to 16 regions of the country, with the purpose of counteracting the coronavirus pandemic (covid-19), and as part of the actions that this sector carries out to maintain an adequate supply in health facilities throughout the country.
The regions of Amazonas, Áncash, Apurímac, Cajamarca, Callao, Cusco, Huánuco, Ica, Lima Region, Madre de Dios, Moquegua, Piura, Puno, San Martín, Tacna and Tumbes have benefited.
Minsa mentioned that part of the shipment – by land – was sent to Amazonas, with 54,020 PPE, 75 medical supplies and 25,840 medicines; to Ancash, 59,060 PPE and 37,450 medicines; to Apurimac, 600 PPE, 50 medical supplies and 10,750 medicines; to Cajamarca, 222,000 PPE; to Callao, 28,820 PPE and 8,100 medicines.
Also 10,000 medical supplies, 21,000 drugs and 10,000 rapid tests were sent to Huánuco; 23,550 PPE, 30,000 medical supplies, 59,580 drugs and 30,000 rapid tests to Ica; 3,900 drugs to Lima Region; and 37,210 PPE to Madre de Dios.
Moquegua was allocated 29,000 PPE and 68,000 medicines; Piura, 8,000 medicines; Puno, 5,000 medical supplies, 12,000 medicines and 5,000 rapid tests; San Martin, 39,813 PPE and 6,000 medicines; Tacna, 43,150 PPE and 22,800 medicines; and Tumbes, 40,118 PPE and 14,400 medicines.
Air shipments were made -through Air Group No. 8- to the regions of Cusco, where 12,224 PPE and 72,210 medicines arrived; while to Huánuco, 38,508 PPE and 25,990 medicines.
A total of 28,273 PPE units, 50 medical supplies and 111,750 medicines were distributed to hospitals dependent on the Ministry of Health in Metropolitan Lima.
Thursday (August 20) – LIMA – The National Institute of Health (INS) on behalf of the Ministry of Health (Minsa), received from the Russian Federation the donation of 50,000 tests for molecular detection of COVID-19, valued at more than $216,000.
“These gestures of solidarity are the ones we should always have to get out of the pandemic,” said César Cabezas Sánchez, head of the INS, who received the kits and thanked them for the important support on behalf of the Peruvian State and all citizens who will have more access to timely diagnosis of the disease.
The delivery was made by the ambassador in Peru of the Russian Federation, Igor V. Romanchenko, who highlighted that his country is in the final phase in the production of the COVID-19 vaccine and hopes that Peru will benefit from it when it is ready.
Thursday (August 20) – LIMA – The Canadian Embassy to Peru and Bolivia posted this last night:
Two repatriation flights to Canada are currently planned, and have been authorized by Peruvian authorities. As these are private charters, you must send all questions directly to the companies organizing these flights:
HELITE AVIATION: Lima to Montreal on Tuesday 25 AugustEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone/WhatsApp: +1 514 979 1463
TOUR PERU 3G: Lima to Mexico City on Thursday 27 August with onward connections to Toronto, Montreal, and VancouverEmail: email@example.com Phone/WhatsApp: +51 951 306 859 or +51 940 083 169.
Thursday (August 20) – MIRAFLORES – I’d forgotten about this video I shot four years ago in Miraflores, but was reminded of it when I was telling a friend of some cool things to see and do in Lima.
So this morning I searched through all my backup hard drives to find it then uploaded it to YouTube to share. Hope you like it. I think in this difficult time it’ll make you smile.
I haven’t been there in awhile now and hope the cats are still there as they had become a wonderful part of the park.
Wednesday (August 19) – LIMA – Peru’s Ministry of Health reported 9,099 more cases of COVID-19 along with 176 deaths. The positivity rate dropped to 27.5%.
There are 13,888 patients hospitalized by COVID-19, of which 1,516 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 377,453 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
Wednesday (August 19) – JUNIN – Supporting the campaign “Quiero vivir, me falta oxígeno”, promoted by the Archbishop of Huancayo and Mirapaz, Caja Huancayo handed over a check for 885,000 soles for the implementation of a medicinal oxygen plant for the Junin region.
The Archbishop of Huancayo and the Interinstitutional Table of Reflection for Peace (MIRAPAZ) launched a solidarity campaign to raise money to implement two plants producing medicinal oxygen.
The initiative was created due to the scarce production of oxygen and the increase of patients infected by COVID 19 in the Junín region, which currently has a mortality rate of 4.8% due to the pandemic, placing it in sixth place among the regions with the highest percentage of dead patients.
Cardinal Pedro Barreto thanked Caja Huancayo and indicated that this medical oxygen plant that will be acquired, with the collaboration of the population and the private sector, will provide free oxygen to all COVID-19 patients.
Wednesday (August 19) – URUGUAY – RPP Noticias reports that Uruguay will reopen its borders for the entry of tourists from the European Union (EU), although a date has not yet been set, reported Tourism Minister Germán Cardoso.
“We are in a position to move forward and for our country to reopen the tourism sector to Europe,” Cardoso said at a media conference after meeting with President Luis Lacalle Pou.
The minister said that this is a decision taken in conjunction with the president, after analyzing “in detail” the current income panorama from Europe.
Uruguay has kept its borders closed since March, when it detected its first cases of the coronavirus.
Currently, only nationals, resident foreigners or members of the diplomatic corps, among other exceptions, can enter the country. It also allows entry, on a case-by-case basis, for humanitarian reasons, family reunification or labor reasons.
The minister said that so far “there has been practically no line of contagion” between those arriving via Iberia and AirEuropa, the airlines that have resumed commercial flights between Montevideo and Madrid, since the EU included Uruguay on the list of countries from which it allows entry.
The decision is a reciprocal measure with the bloc. “Uruguay is the only country in Latin America with which the EU has reconnected, so we believe” to be “in a position to have a significant growth of tourists from Europe,” said Cardoso.
The requirements for European tourists will be the same as for anyone currently entering Uruguay: prove a negative result of COVID-19, performed a maximum of 72 hours earlier, and maintain a quarantine of seven days, until a second test is performed.
The minister clarified that there is still no date for this reopening, which must be established through a decree.
Uruguay, which has a population of 3.4 million and is praised for its control of the coronavirus epidemic, has so far registered 1,457 people infected with COVID-19, of whom 1,205 have recovered and 40 have died. (AFP)
Wednesday (August 19) – CUSCO – I went out to do a little filming to show how things are in Cusco and was shocked to come across scenes of thousands of people waiting in line at the two largest banks to get the latest round of government bonuses being given out. Because a huge percentage of the population doesn’t have a bank account, they must go to specific major banks with their identification to get their money.
The first part of this are the lines along Av el Sol followed by one pan shot up and down Calle Tres Cruces del Oro. Surprisingly, I saw only a handful of police and no military at either location.
This might help explain the COVID data that was just released below.
Wednesday (August 19) – LIMA – The Council of Ministers is meeting this afternoon to evaluate actions dealing with the COVID pandemic and Peru’s economic recovery. It should be interesting to see if there are any important announcements coming from today’s meeting.
Wednesday (August 19) – CUSCO – This afternoon Cusco’s Regional Health Directorate reported horrific numbers: 1,628 more COVID cases, a 33.3% positivity rate, and 17 deaths in one day.
I hope this is a mistake or a correction in totals using previously missed cases or deaths instead of actually a single day. It happened once before when the numbers were really out of proportion, but the next day the normal trend continued.
Wednesday (August 19) – AREQUIPA – Hundreds of users of the Banco de la Nacion in the city of Arequipa, who came to collect their bonds and make deposits were left unattended due to the closure of the main agency because some of the staff was infected with COVID-19, reported its administrator, Agustín Alegría Gómez.
Wednesday (August 19) – LAMBAYEQUE – The head of the Second Macro Police Region, General Luis Vera Llerena, revealed that 1,303 police officers, who were infected during the state of emergency, defeated the disease and returned to the front line to continue ensuring that the population respects the prevention measures.
The police chief explained that these troops were infected during operations carried out in markets, financial institutions and other areas of the city, where people did not respect health measures.
Vera Llerena also said that 70 police officers are being held in isolation under the care of specialists and doctors from the Police Health Service.
“Currently more than 2,000 police officers are working throughout the region to ensure compliance with health standards,” she said.
He also said that in the last few days, 85% of the region’s troops were tested for COVID-19 and most of them tested negative.
Finally, in response to several agents’ complaints about the lack of oxygen and medicines at the Chiclayo Health Department, Vera said that they are buying oxygen bottles and that agents who present serious symptoms are transferred to the Lambayeque Regional Hospital, since the Health Department does not have an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Wednesday (August 19) – LIMA – Peruvian Economy and Finance Minister Maria Antonieta Alva reported that economic activity indicators have been showing a positive recovery trend since last May.
The high-ranking official specified that one of these indicators is electricity production, which is highly correlated with GDP and continues showing recovery signs.
According to Alva, electricity production had hit the bottom last April (-29.5%). However, the recovery started in May; that month, it fell 25.1%, followed by -12.4% (June), -5.7% (July), and -4.0% (August).
Furthermore, cement consumption declined by 99.4% in April. Yet it fell 70.1% in May, followed by -26.3% (June), and only -5.7% (July).
Meanwhile, the total sale of cars contracted 100% in April, -97.5% (May), -57.9% (June) and -17.0% (July).
Along these lines, she added that sales in non-primary sectors show a recovery in the months of July and August, mainly in the sectors of commerce, services and manufacturing.
Wednesday (August 19) – LIMA – The Ministry of Education just released a press release “Aprendo en Casa” (Learn at Home) program:
The “I learn at home” strategy of the Ministry of Education (Minedu) could not work without the dedicated and constant work of the teachers and the accompaniment that they give to their students. In this sense, 85.9% of families who have children in the public education system have contact with teachers and tutors.
Likewise, 97% of the families assure that their children carry portfolios with the work they are asked to do as part of the distance education strategy, and 98.4% indicate that the teachers have asked them to send them the work.
This data come from the monthly survey conducted by the Minedu’s Office of Strategic Monitoring and Evaluation, which takes a sample of 10,065 families throughout the country.
In Metropolitan Lima, the figures for teacher accompaniment are similar: in the July survey, 84.8% of families reported that they had had contact with the teacher or tutor at least once in the week prior to the consultation. 96.3% of the students carry portfolios and 98.7% send their work to the teachers. Whatsapp is by far the most used communication channel for these submissions (96.4 % of the total at national level).
Solutions in areas with poor coverage
In the urban areas of the country, “I learn at home” reaches 96% of schoolchildren, while in the rural areas this percentage is 90%. However, there is still a percentage of students who cannot connect or are not being served by educational institutions due to various exogenous factors (connectivity, health, family transfer to another region due to the pandemic, among others)
In Lima, the Regional Directorate of Education of Metropolitan Lima (DRELM) reports that the districts reporting a non-participation percentage of 10 % or more are La Victoria (13 %), Punta Hermosa (10 %) and Punta Negra (10 %). In Comas the lack of access to distance education reaches 8%; in San Juan de Lurigancho, 6%; in San Juan de Miraflores, 5%, and in Villa María del Triunfo, 6%.
The DRELM states that the directors of educational institutions in Metropolitan Lima report the participation of students according to the means of communication they have access to (radio, TV or web). Based on this report, the percentages of students who cannot connect or who are not receiving educational services are obtained, from which it is concluded that 7% of students in Regular Basic Education would be left unattended.
The DRELM is unifying criteria with the directors of the seven UGELs in the capital to see how best to serve this group of students. It is also preparing a contingency plan with a multi-sectoral vision that will make it possible to address the various aspects of this complex problem.
This plan consists, among other things, of activating alerts when students are identified as being at risk of dropping out of school and of evaluating mechanisms to generate access conditions for those families or students who are limited in their ability to do so due to a lack of tools or Internet service.
Wednesday (August 19) – LIMA – Families have become the new transmission route for COVID-19 in Peru, which is why people must avoid attending social gatherings or having visits from people outside their household, Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti warned on Tuesday in Andina News.
“Where is the virus now? It is moving from the street to our homes, our families. We are going out to work, which is a human necessity because we need to live, but if we are not careful, we will bring the virus home. Families are the new transmission route,” she said.
The top health authority said that —unfortunately— people are being infected not only when going to work but when attending family gatherings or even parties, putting at great risk the people who live with them.
“If we are going to meet with two or three people in a house, we must remain apart from one another, wear a face mask, and we will be fine,” she explained.
“But if more people get together, if we have a party and have fun for a few hours (…), it would be very interesting to see what happens to the partygoers 15 days later, given that, during the party, we remove our face masks, we keep in touch with other people and, right after that, we bring the virus to our home and family,” she added.
According to the minister, these behaviors put the elderly people at risk and cause children to be infected with COVID-19.
Mazzetti also affirmed that the mandatory social immobilization on Sunday has shown the great importance of reducing the movement of people.
Wednesday (August 19) – LIMA – RPP Noticias this morning reports that the Ombudsman’s Office in Peru questioned the return to the complete nationwide curfew on Sundays ordered by the government and asked President Martín Vizcarra to “refocus the strategy of the fight against the pandemic and its side effects.”
In an extensive letter addressed to the President, the Ombudsman, Walter Gutiérrez, said it is worrying that the recent government decision “to restore the restrictions on rights that had already been lifted” such as “the total quarantine on Sundays” has been taken “without a proper motivation to evaluate its suitability, necessity and proportionality in reducing the spread of the virus.
Wednesday (August 19) – MY APARTMENT – Once again, the questions of international travel opening are popping up in greater numbers. (Actually, I don’t really think they ever subside.)
This morning someone asked again with a very emotional need to get back to Peru. It’s always hard to read questions that are about wanting to return to family (as opposed to the people who whine because they just want to leave so they don’t have to wear a mask), because their need to travel is real and often heart-breaking.
I want so much to have a better answer for them, but honesty and reality just make it impossible right now. Here’s the response I wrote:
“This question is coming up FAR too often and there’s still no change. No one knows. There are people on social media who, for whatever, reason, spread rumors and false information seemingly daily lately. (I think it’s because foreigners here have become extremely stressed over the lack of control over the situation.)
“Right now COVID is in control and it’s not getting better in Peru or many places around the world. The government is not going to open up for incoming flights from many countries (like the US) and I doubt many countries are going to open up to allow flights coming in from Peru, either.
“As hard as it is — and I can’t imagine how tough this must be for you — there simply is nothing nothing coming or planned. There are no government officials who know what the next few months are going to bring right now.
I think it’s safe to say that it’s not going to be before October at the earliest, but past that no one knows.
(I know someone’s going to post something about the MTC Minister here saying a couple of days ago that there won’t be anything until mid-2021. It’s being shared across expat social media, but it’s is already being shot down by both government officials and news agencies as a misinterpretation so please don’t believe it.)”
As difficult as it is to accept, the reality is that no one knows what is coming right now with regard to borders and international flights. There simply is nothing we can do except be patient and wait.
Tuesday (August 18) – CUSCO – The acting mayor, Romi Infantas, said it has the budget for the purchase of an oxygen plant for Cusco pending a council session to approve the direct purchase of such plant, ie without prior bidding.
She said the direct purchase would save a the lengthy procedure that would delay the acquisition of the oxygen plant at least two months and because of the need for the oxygen plant, the purchase should be expedited as quickly as possible.
Tuesday (August 18) – LIMA – EsSalud will acquire twelve new oxygen plants to ensure resources during the pandemic. These will be in addition to the nine that EsSalud has been administering nationally.
Tuesday (August 18) – LIMA – This evening Peru’s Ministry of Health (Minsa) reported 7,828 more cases of COVID-19. That’s a rise from yesterday, but because the testing didn’t rise much the positivity rate for the country hit a staggering 30.9% — the highest in eight days.
Fortunately, this is just a one day report so hopefully it’ll not signal a trend.
Their report also noted 177 deaths which is a significant drop. While it is also only a single day’s total, let’s hope this does indicate a trend as this is lowest since July 14.
There are 14,092 patients hospitalized by COVID-19, of which 1,527 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 374,019 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
Tuesday (August 18) – LIMA – Education Minister Martin Benavides reported that in a new acquisition process his portfolio has already awarded the company Lenovo the purchase of 50 percent of the tablets required for school children in rural areas of the country.
Presenting himself at a joint virtual session of Congress, Benavides explained that as soon as the purchase was cancelled due to Topsale’s non-compliance, the ministry made a new market inquiry and began a second tablet purchase process.
“On August 1, a few days after the cancellation, we made a new investigation of the market. On August 4 we started the second process, on August 14 we submitted proposals and evaluated them, and on August 17 we have already awarded 50% of the tablets to one company; that is, 498,000 pieces of equipment,” explained Benavides.
He said that the Ministry of Education will make a second call for manufacturers that did not submit their proposals on August 14, and thus expects to award the missing tablets (the remaining 50%).
The Minister of Education mentioned that, unlike the past strategy, which was integrative, now the purchase strategy has been completely changed, since direct contact was made with the brands, parallel processes are carried out and the distribution of the equipment will be divided.
He explained that the act of reviewing quotations for the direct hiring of the company, held on August 14, was attended by representatives of the Comptroller General’s Office and Proética, as well as the anti-corruption office of the Minedu.
It should be noted that more than one million tables are required to close the digital gap for students in rural areas of the country. They will be given to students from 4th to 5th grade of primary school, as well as to more than 90 thousand teachers.
Tuesday (August 18) – BRAZIL – Peru’s top striker, Paolo Guerrero, is out for the rest of the year according to the Brazilian Sport Club Internacional of Porto Alegre. Peru’s all-time leading goal scorer suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in the Sunday match against Fluminense for the Brasileirão.
The results provided by the Brazilian club indicate that the Peruvian forward will undergo a surgery and will miss the rest of the 2020 season.
Tuesday (August 18) – LIMA – Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti announced that 800,000 molecular tests to detect cases of COVID-19 will arrive in the country this week. She explained that with these, it is expected to complete the million of molecular tests and be “at a similar level with other countries”.
During the inauguration of the first anti-COVID polyclinic in Independencia district, the head of the Minsa assured that the rapid and molecular tests will each have their own usefulness: while the former will allow for a rapid diagnosis, the latter will help in the counting of cases.
“The molecular tests are the ones we are going to use in certain conditions for people who are going to access a diagnosis in which the 25 laboratories that have been implemented,” she explained.
At another time, she said her sector had a meeting with six researchers from the Cayetano Heredia University who have designed a rapid molecular test developed in Peru. As he explained, they have received all the necessary documentation to review the proposal.
“We are waiting for them to complete their files. All the tests that have been developed in our country that pass the quality evaluations will obviously also be implemented,” he said.
The minister recalled that the country has 16 Minsa laboratories and 9 more private laboratories in universities, which makes a total of 25 that will allow, when implementing the molecular tests, all citizens can have access “a little faster”.
“All the researchers have been told that as soon as they submit all the required information, they will be able to receive the authorization within 48 hours,” he added.
Tuesday (August 18) – LIMA – The president of the Peruvian Medical Federation (FMP), Godofredo Talavera, said that no member of his union will fail to treat patients with COVID-19 during the national strike announced for Aug. 26-27.
In a dialogue with Ampliación de Noticias of RPP, he said that during the strike, doctors will stop “attending in doctor’s offices” but not in emergency situations. “We are not going to harm the attention at all [?] it is guaranteed, we are not going to withdraw a doctor to attend that day,” he said.
Godofredo Talavera said the medical association is willing to talk with the executive branch, as it did in July, when they suspended the national strike they had planned for the 15th and 16th of that month. The leader said that the federation felt mocked by the government, after the change in the cabinet headed by Vicente Zeballos, with whom they reached agreements.
He said the measure of force is to demand more budget for the health sector and the regularization of payments and contracts of doctors. “Health is going to be bad or worse if the budget is not increased substantially,” he said.
Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti said Tuesday that she is “very sorry” that the Peruvian Medical Federation (FMP) announced a strike at a time of health crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We all know that we are going through a very difficult time, I am very sorry that colleagues want to take such a step. It’s not exactly the best time for us to have difficulties in care,” she said.
Mazzetti stressed that the country is experiencing a time when it needs “all our health personnel” to be ready to face the pandemic.
She stated that the Administration is already taking actions in favor of health professionals, such as the bonds that are in the process of being delivered. She indicated that Minsa has requested a budget for the payment of the July bonus to 165 thousand workers in the sector who perform daily work with COVID-19 patients. “We are also waiting to regularize the contracts of third parties, the CAS and outstanding debts. We are also waiting to regularize third party contracts, CAS and pending debts.”
Tuesday (August 18) – LIMA – A molecular test produced by Peruvian scientists for the better detection of the population infected with COVID-19 at less cost and time than conventional tests coming from abroad is closer to readiness according to Andina News.
Peruvian neurobiologist Edward Malaga-Trillo —who leads the team dedicated to the project at Lima-based Cayetano Heredia University— reported that the test successfully passed phase 1 last Sunday, referring to its analytical validation. The scientist added that they are getting ready to start phase 2, meaning the clinical validation.
“Yesterday [Sunday] at dawn, we successfully passed phase 1. The complete data and analysis will be presented shortly to the National Health Institute (INS). Along with phase 2 data, they will be included in a preprint that we will submit to peer review in an indexed international journal,” he wrote on social media on Monday.
“Concerning the clinical validation (phase 2), we are still waiting to obtain a roadmap from Digemid and the INS. After many setbacks, finally —on Friday— we had a meeting with fellow researchers and with both institutions. They showed great willingness and promised to solve the issue as soon as possible,” said Malaga-Trillo.
Both phase 1 and phase 2 are carried out using clinical samples from patients, in order to obtain quantitatively the detection limit of the method and how efficiently it recognizes viral genetic material.
The Peruvian scientific community is waiting for the approval of the national molecular test project by Cayetano Heredia University, because it will allow the implementation of epidemiological fences for the control of infections and will offer a series of advantages compared to conventional tests.
Its cost will not be higher than S/70 (about US$20) per test, almost five times less than the S/300 (about US$100) for a conventional one. Also, the uncomfortable swabbing may no longer be necessary as only a little saliva should be needed thus avoiding contagion to health personnel. The result will be obtained in 40 minutes instead of 48 hours as in the case of conventional tests.
Tuesday (August 18) – LIMA – Transport Minister Carlos Estremadoyro ruled out authorizing international flights and reopening the borders, which have been closed for the past five months due to the upsurge in COVID-19 infections.
“This is not the time to open international flights, because we have not managed to contain the spread of the pandemic,” he said in an interview with Canal N. “When we manage to lower the rates (of COVID-19) and have part of our hospital capacity vacated, we can only open international flights.
Estremadoyro also played down the impact that tourist arrivals could have on Peru’s economy. “It’s not that this will benefit us economically. It’s not that it’s a big contribution. Nobody anywhere in the world wants to travel for leisure. That will only happen in the middle of next year,” the minister estimated.
Borders are closed and international flights have been banned since March 16. Only repatriation flights of foreign and Peruvian citizens stranded by the pandemic are allowed.
Tuesday (August 18) – LIMA – A vaccine against COVID-19 will likely arrive in Peru between the first and second quarter of next year, reported tonight the Deputy Minister of Public Health, Luis Suarez Ognio.
He said that at the moment none of the eight most advanced vaccines in the world have completed phase 3 and it is estimated that this phase should end between October and December of this year. He said that before mass production, they must obtain approval from regulatory agencies such as the FDA.
“Peru is working under three different mechanisms to obtain the vaccine,” he explained. “The first is through direct purchase from the producing laboratories. For this purpose, a multi-sector commission has been set up, which, based on confidentiality agreements, will receive detailed information on the development of each of the vaccines.”
The second mechanism is through the Covax Facility — an international partnership between WHO, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc. — which seeks to make the process of vaccine procurement and distribution more equitable among low- and middle-income countries. “So far, this modality has guaranteed 6.5 million vaccines,” he said.
These doses, he said, will be for the most vulnerable people such as the elderly, those who suffer from co-morbidities, but also for those who are exposed to greater risk such as health personnel, the army, police, cleaning and surveillance workers.
Finally, the Vice Minister said the third mechanism is to obtain doses of vaccines at a special price or the donation of lots because clinical trials will be carried out in Peru to test them. “The laboratories, as a reciprocity, will give us a certain amount of them,” he said.
Tuesday (August 18) – CUSCO – The Regional Directorate of Health (Diresa) Cusco reported that from starting today they will begin the delivery of free medical oxygen for patients diagnosed with coronavirus that are recovering in their homes.
Diresa said that distribution will comply with a protocol and schedule. To do so, people must go to the collection point at the door of the old Jardín de la Cerveza, located on Calle Huáscar, in the Wanchaq district starting at 8 am today.
[Diresa did not provide an exact address. If you’re like me and don’t know where the old Jardín de la Cerveza was located, then it’s not so clear. Calle Huáscar runs beside the Mercado Wanchaq and crosses Av Garcilaso. It’s only a couple of blocks long so finding it shouldn’t be that difficult. I’m going to try to find an address this morning and maybe get a picture so help if anyone needs oxygen from there.]
Users of medical oxygen at home must have a prescription or a doctor’s note which will be approved. In addition to the patient’s identification and a database in which the treating physician appears.
Igor Elorrieta, advisor to the regional government of Cusco, said that will support this work the Chamber of Commerce of Cusco and the Chamber of Tourism of Cusco (Cartuc), and is expected to involve the National Police and the Public Ministry.
Tuesday (August 18) – CUSCO – La Republica reports that the Antapaccay mining company that operates in the province of Espinar in Cusco will deliver a medical oxygen plant for the hospital there.
The plant will produce 432 cubic meters of oxygen per day and will require an investment of nearly 1.4 million soles. The technical details were coordinated with the Regional Health Directorate of Cusco. It will be operational in the first half of December this year.
Monday (August 17) – LIMA – Peru’s Ministry of Health reported 5,547 more cases of COVID-19 and 200 more deaths.
This low number is the results of the usual drop in testing done on Sundays, but the positivity rate also dropped 1.3 points to 27.5%. While this rate is still extremely high, it’s the lowest reported in 15 days.
There are 14,181 patients hospitalized by COVID-19, of whom 1,524 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 370,717 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
A positive point is that 1,803 more people were discharged as no longer infected than were reported as newly infected. This is the first time this has happened in 30 days.
Monday (August 17) – CUSCO – Cusco’s Regional Health Directorate reported 1,096 more cases of COVID-19 over the previous two days since the last report.
The average of 548 cases a day over this period is the lowest in about a week and represented a drop in the positivity rate to 20.7%.
Even better, Cusco’s Diresa reported only 1 death over the previous 2 days.
Monday (August 17) – CUSCO – Use of drugs such as ivermectin and chlorine dioxide has become common among some patients seeking to combat COVID-19.
Cusco’s Adolfo Guevara Velasco Hospital (EsSalud), which is one of the hospitals with the highest number of patients with coronavirus, receives an average of 80 people per day, 20% of whom require hospitalization.
The manager of EsSalud’s healthcare network, Víctor Manchego, reported that 30% of the people hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit had been poisoned by the use of medicines not approved by the health authorities.
“The patients showed symptoms of toxicity, many took chlorine dioxide as a background. They came in with yellow eyes because of poisoning from the use of non-prescription products,” he said.
Manchego said that many people resort to self-medication on the recommendation of the family environment and the bad information that invades social networks, which ultimately aggravates the situation of patients.
“The consumption of this product,” he said, “aggravates the health in greater risk so we will have to resort to a much more profound treatment.”
Monday (August 17) – LIMA – In an interview with RPP Noticias, PNP Lieutenant General and Deputy Commander General Jorge Lam discussed the nationwide return to all day Sunday curfew.
Lam said that the police’s assessment is positive, as he believes that the population has responsibly complied with the social immobilization. “There have not been more people or vehicles in transit, except those that were authorized.”
Lam also explained that approximately 3,000 people have been intervened nationwide since the social immobilization began on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. A total of 106 people were detained in police stations.
There were 971 who where ticketed including 95 type M41 tickets for 6,400 soles and imply the retention of the driving license. (Verification of the payment of these fines will be done through a follow-up with the Banco de la Nación, so that administrative measures can be taken for those who do not pay.)
Lam stressed that companies must issue to workers who have to work on Sunday a photocheck or a certificate stating that they work in that company, in addition to the work and vehicle pass.
Monday (August 17) – LIMA – The US Embassy in Lima said this morning that all regular appointments are suspended until further notice, including appointments for passports, consular reports of birth abroad, notarial services, as well as immigrant and non-immigrant visas.
U.S. citizens in need of emergency services should email LimaACS@state.gov for assistance. For updates and more information visit: https://pe.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/.
Monday (August 17) – PUNO – Elizabeth Villafuerte, dean of the Puno College of Nurses, said that the health system in the region is in a complete state of abandonment and that to date, 250 nurses have been infected by COVID-19.
In an interview with La Rotativa del Aire, Villafuerte said that many of her colleagues died from lack of oxygen and because they were not given proper care when they were in a serious condition. She also said that of the 100 nurses she cares for, all of them are over 60 years old.
“In Puno, 80% of the workers are over 60,” she said. “All the efforts made by managers of regional directorates like their presidents have not had a policy of increasing human resources. We have been with the same nurses for almost 15 years and they are still facing the emergency of COVID-19. During the quarantine, the doctors were sent to do teleworking by teleconsultation, but later they had to return to work despite being over 65 and at risk.
Villafuerte said the statements made by Puno Mayor Martín Ticona, who requested preventive detention for doctors, nurses and health personnel who abandon patients with COVID-19, are “unjust.”
“He thinks he should force the worker to leave, but there is no equipment. We don’t have standardized times or quick tests,” she added.
Sunday (August 16) – The Peruvian Ministry of Health reported 10,143 more cases of COVID-19 yesterday. That’s easily the highest one day report and the first time it’s gone over 10,000 for a single day.
They also reported 206 deaths. That’s a slight drop, but deaths are a lagging indicator and the number of cases may signal a coming rise in deaths. Let’s hope not.
Testing remained really high in the latest report which kept the positivity rate from rising more than a tenth of a point to 28.2%.
This was actually yesterday’s report. For a couple of weeks they’ve been reporting cases very late at night, but yesterday they returned to an afternoon post. Hopefully they’ll continue that.
Sunday (August 16) – Yesterday Cusco’s Regional Health Directorate reported 999 more cases of COVID-19 in the region along with 21 deaths.
While testing remained relatively high, the positivity rate shot up to 28.8% which is frighteningly high.
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