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Sunday (October 4) – LIMA – The Minister of Health, PIlarMazzetti, indicated that the entire health system of the country is preparing for a second wave or resurgence of the coronavirus that is estimated to occur at the end of October and beginning of November.
“We are preparing for the hardest part and that is what we are doing. We are acting at the national level, in the regional health directorates and the entire Ministry of Health as if a second wave were coming,” she said after the ceremony to receive 250 mechanical fans, donated by the U.S. government.
The head of Minsa explained that in medicine to say a date or exact figure is impossible because everything is changing, but that the scenario of greater care for the country is projected for the end of this month, which coincides with the reopening of a series of economic activities, in addition to international flights.
“We believe that we could have a second wave at the end of October, beginning of November and in a more lax scenario we could have it towards January or end of December”.
She pointed out that it is fundamental for the country to be prepared not to go back on what we have gained with so much effort in the last months.
“If a second wave arrives and we all continue to maintain the (biosecurity) measures, the number of cases will increase, but slowly and it will be less than in the first moment. But if we are negligent, we could jeopardize what has been achieved so far.
The head of the Minsa said that they are working on a rule to order visits and access to the coast, which has been flooded recently by a large number of people eager to sunbathe or enjoy the sea breeze.
“All countries have to organize themselves for this. We cannot cover the sun with a finger. Just as we are recognizing that we all need to go out for a walk, it is going to be important that in the weeks we begin to organize ourselves for a series of things, among which we must see how, in what way and how often we can go to the beach”.
She indicated that shifts and schedules will be established in order to avoid crowds like those observed on Sundays, days that are allowed to go out for a walk but close to the home where you live.
“We have to start organizing for the summer time, it is inevitable that people will go out. It is impossible for us to contain it. That doesn’t mean we do things anyway, because we’ve already seen what happens when we do things anyway,” he noted.
Mazzeti took the opportunity to indicate that in this first stage of reopening the air space, only flights of no more than four hours will be allowed, because it is the safest thing at an international level.
“It will be indicated that on these flights there will be no food intake, because when we feed ourselves we take off our masks. In addition, all persons entering the flights will be asked to have a molecular test in the three previous days.
In addition, he said, once in the country, the traveler must sign a sworn statement, offering indications where he can be found, because a trace of passengers will be made at random to see what state of health they are.
Sunday (October 4) – CUSCO – I haven’t been reporting on cases on Cusco for nearly a week now because the number that are being reported by the Regional Health Directorate have been extremely unreliable.
The number of cases reported have suddenly dropped from hundreds a day to just a handful in a region of 1.2 million people. The relatively high positivity rate that they are only reporting over the entire period since March indicates that statistical anomalies that are not being explained. Sometimes the data that is reported is simply impossible to reconcile.
The only data that seems to be relatively consistent is the number of deaths reported each day which has remained relatively consistent with any expected trends. The recent rise has at last stabilized for a few days.
I wish they were reporting more accurate data. As Cusco enters this new period free from most quarantine measures, it’s impossible to accurately evaluate the effects of the new measures without proper information.
Sunday (October 4) – LIMA – Last night Peru’s Ministry of Health reported 3,421 more cases of COVID-19 as of Friday. The positivity rate (19.8%) for the day dropped to it’s lowest number since July 25.
They also reported only 56 deaths on Friday which continues the tremendous drop in daily COVID deaths.
The number of COVID-related hospitalizations continues its rapid decrease as well. There are 7,222 patients hospitalized by COVID-19, of which 1,311 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 700,868 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
There are currently 124,117 known active cases of COVID-19 cases in Peru — a number that continues to drop each day.
Saturday (October 3) – JUNIN – The Huancayo Municipal Zoo is the first tourist destination in the Junin region that will resume its attention, but with 60% of the capacity ccording to the manager of Public Services, Carlos Cantorin.
Cantorin said that they implemented washing facilities, distance signs, alcohol gel dispensers, among other requirements established in the reopening protocol. In addition, he said that the staff has been trained and has adequate clothing to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
Cantorín told RPP Noticias that 60% of the capacity corresponds to 400 visitors who may enter upon payment of the visit ticket, which ranges from 2 soles to 5 soles.
On his part, the regional director of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Máximo Buendía, said that there are 19 tourist destinations in the Junín region that are preparing their biosecurity protocols to reopen them.
Among them are the Bayoz waterfall in Chanchamayo, the Señor de Muruguay cave in Tarma and the “El Ingenio” Fish Farm in Concepción.
He indicated that this sector lost more than 400 million soles during the pandemic by COVID-19.
Saturday (October 3) – LIMA – Peru already participates in two international circuits for the acquisition of vaccines against COVID-19, which are expected to arrive in the country in the first quarter of 2021 to immunize as many people as possible prior to the general elections scheduled for April 11, Deputy Public Health Minister Luis Suarez announced on Friday.
“The goal is that we can have the population vaccinated before the elections are held,” he expressed.
According to Suarez, one of the criteria to make agreements with pharmaceutical companies involve those companies offering Peru their vaccines earlier —for the first months of next year— in such a way that they enable the Health Ministry to vaccinate the population before April 11.
He indicated that this objective responds to the fact that crowds and large concentrations of people constitute a risk factor for the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Immunization Advisor at the Health Ministry (Minsa) Carlos Castillo said that, in the event that face-to-face school classes resume next year, all teaching staff will also be vaccinated.
He indicated that in the first quarter of 2021 Peru is expected to rely on vaccines to immunize the first two groups established in the COVID-19 vaccination strategy: those that contribute to the functioning of the healthcare system and services, as well as the elderly and people who suffer from any comorbidity.
Regarding the binding agreements signed for the acquisition of coronavirus vaccines, he noted that Pfizer —which will provide 9.9 million doses— has presented a preliminary delivery schedule, but talks continue with the aim of shortening times and having as many doses as possible in the first quarter of 2021.
Concerning the vaccines to be purchased through the COVAX Facility coalition (13 million doses), he stated that nine laboratories participate in this effort. However, there is not a detailed delivery schedule yet, as this will depend on the platforms used and the production capacity of pharmaceutical companies.
Saturday (October 3) – LIMA – The President of the Council of Ministers, Walter Martos Ruíz, will receive this morning a donation from the United States Government of 250 new, state-of-the-art mechanical ventilators for the treatment of patients diagnosed with covid-19.
The equipment will be delivered by the Chargé d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Peru, Denison Offutt, and was managed through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The portable venitlators, produced in the United States, will provide the Peruvian health system with the necessary flexibility for the treatment of patients affected by covid-19.
Saturday (October 3) – CUSCO – In order to provide more and better security to the population using urban transport, inspectors of the Management of Road Traffic and Transport of the Municipality of Cusco, have been intensifying the work of inspection for compliance with the rules of health protocols provided by the National Government as reported by Diario Correo.
The manager of Transit, Hebert Zevallos, pointed out that the urban transport, will provide the services to 100% of the capacity of passengers seated from 06:00 to 22:00 hours from Monday to Saturday, considering the obligatory social immobilization from 23:00 to 04:00 hours and the obligatory social immobilization on Sundays.
Inspectors have been in different parts of the city, who fulfill their duties to inform, raise awareness among users, collectors and drivers of public transport service on the measures being taken in this new phase of economic recovery. It should be noted that the urban transport vehicle units must be clean, disinfected, make available to users the alcohol gel.
“We have arranged 100% of the seats and all the itineraries but with the fulfillment of all the sanitary protocols according to the Supreme Decree 117-2020 for the use of the face protector and chin guard that is obligatory, if the users have some complaint do not hesitate to communicate with the yellow vest inspectors,” said the Cusco official.
He also mentioned that some bad carriers continue to maintain the old signage that prevented all seats from being used, this in order to continue charging more for the ticket. He urged drivers and collectors to stick to the current provisions.
Saturday (October 3) – MACHU PICCHU – Diario Correo reports that the regional governor of Cusco, Jean Paul Benavente, announced the possibility that tourism in Machu Picchu, the main tourist destination in the country, will begin operations from October 15th.
Benavente said that on Tuesday of the following week, the regional government will meet with representatives of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Health and the Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
“We understand as a priority the need to consolidate the health containment and also the need to protect the population,” he said during the launch of the Regional Strategy ‘Cusco cares’, an activity that was attended by the provincial mayor, Romi Infantas, as well as the head of the VII Macro Police Region, Victor Patiño, the regional director of Health, Juan Alberto Spelucin, among other officials.
Benavente Garcia also said that the objective of the referred economic reactivation is to promote local tourism to benefit mainly the professionals who are in the front line of the fight against the COVID-19. “Today after all these months of fight against the pandemic, the professionals of the health, need to breathe, to be oxygenated to be prepared for an eventual resurgence of the virus,” he said.
Today, after all these months of fighting against the pandemic, health professionals need to breathe and be oxygenated to be prepared for an eventual resurgence of the virus,” he said. “These days we must provide this vehicle to that population,” he said.
He reiterated that the biosecurity protocols are ready both at the level of travel and visitors and that the only thing missing is that the Machu Picchu population also consolidates its health control.
RPP Noticias reports that Benavente has asked the mayor of Machu Picchu, Darwin Baca, to be a little patient with the request for an ambulance for his district. He pointed out that first they have to agree with the train company to provide a special car for the transfer, when required, of patients.
Benavente also said that he is coordinating with the private sector to put together attractive tourist packages to encourage local, national and inbound tourism, which will be gradual.
Among the other requests of the mayor of Machu Picchu before the resumption of tourism in the world wonder are the acquisition of tests to detect the COVID-19 and the equipment of its health center.
Saturday (October 3) – LIMA – Peru’s Ministry of Health reported 3,267 more cases of COVID-19.
While the amount of new cases reported daily is heavily promoted across the country, the fact is that Peru is testing far less than they did in previous months. The positivity rate remained extremely high at 22.6% on Thursday.
One extremely positive sign that continued was that Minsa reported 74 deaths. That number has remained below 100 for eight of the previous ten days which represents a major decrease.
There are currently 7,383 patients hospitalized by COVID-19 — a continuation of the precipitous decreasing trend — of which 1,331 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 695,645 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
As of Thursday, there are 125,919 known active cases of COVID-19 across Peru.
Friday (October 2) – CUSCO – La Republica is reporting this morning that — not surprisingly — most of the businesses linked to tourism in Cusco have suffered great losses. From 4,371,787 visitors received in 2019, this year only 591,900 arrived.
According to the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade Tourism (Dircetur), there are 19,187 registered providers of tourism services (guides, porters, agents, etc) of which 17,652 lost their jobs. “That represents 92%. 50% of the tourism providers developed other activities and 75% did not access any national support program,” explained Fredy Deza, head of Dircetur.
The revival of tourism will take time. The lifting of the quarantine and the resumption of air and land transport do not guarantee the arrival of visitors to Cusco.
It is not even known exactly when the Inca citadel of Machupicchu will reopen its doors again. The Machupicchu Management Unit (UGM) has not yet reached an agreement, although the archaeological park already has the approved visit protocols. The UGM was supposed to meet yesterday, but was suspended due to lack of coordination.
The mayor of Machupicchu Pueblo, Darwin Baca, said that in the best case scenario tourism would return in a month. “This month of October is important to advance in the solutions to start receiving visits,” said Baca.
Those sites managed by the Decentralized Direction of Culture are suitable for reopening. They have protocols and personnel who are in charge of their maintenance and care. The list includes, besides Machu Picchu, the archaeological sites of Pisaq, Chinchero, Tipón, Moray, Ollantaytambo, Pikillaqta, Raqchi and Sacsayhuaman.
However, it is not certain whether the 16 tourist sites and museums managed by the Committee of Integrated Cultural Tourist Services of Cusco (Cosituc) are ready to open their doors. Even this entity has run out of money to pay for services and staff that are on perfect suspension.
Cosituc manages and collects the money generated by the sale of the Tourist Ticket which involves the sites Q’enqo, Puca Pucara, Tambomachay, Chinchero, Pikillaqta and Tipon, as well as five museums. The manager of Cosituc, Walter Oblitas, said that guaranteeing the suitability of the sites and protocols is the responsibility of the municipalities that benefit from the money collected from the sale of the Tourist Ticket.
Cosituc is without employees to attend the ticket sales booths. Of the 80 servers, 56 are perfectly suspended and the rest are licensed because they are people at risk. “There is still no provision in Cosituc’s board of directors for the staff to be reinstated,” he said.
Cusco has tourist sites in 47 districts of the region (more than 40%). Dircetur will launch a competitive fund of more than one million nuevos soles and training courses in formalization, business plans, biosecurity protocols and surveillance plans in these locations.
Also, Dircetur has projects to promote and diversify new tourist destinations. The list includes the Phause Waterfall, the Rainbow Mountain Range and the Q’eswachaka Bridge. There are also projects for the creation of public tourist services in the Yucay Andenes and the pilgrimage route to Qoyllurit’i.
Friday (October 2) – CUSCO/TACNA/PUNO/MOQUEGUA – The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) coordinated the reopening of the air routes that connect Lima with eleven cities in the country. Since yesterday, the airports of these cities are open to travelers.
Flights have been resumed in Juliaca, Tacna, Puerto Maldonado, Chachapoyas, Cajamarca, Cusco, Jaén, Jauja, Ilo, Pisco and Tingo María. These destinations are added to those that were already available, such as Trujillo, Talara, Tumbes, Chiclayo, Piura, Iquitos, Tarapoto, Pucallpa, Yurimaguas and Arequipa.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications expects that with the increase of air routes the number of flights will also increase. They have projected 461 trips per week, a figure that surpasses the 281 that were being made up to last week.
Travelers must wear a mask and face shield during the trip, maintain social distance during their stay at the airport and prefer virtual check-in instead of face-to-face.
In Cusco, at 9:30 am, on the day of the lifting of the quarantine focused on the new coronavirus pandemic, the first flight from Lima arrived at Alejandro Velasco Astete airport with 180 passengers on board.
At the gate of the Cusco air terminal, a large number of users approached to board their respective planes. Keeping the distance and the sanitary indications, they waited their turn. Many had their tickets booked more than two months ago.
As reported from the airport, there were four flights arriving from the capital and an equal number of departures to the same destination were registered with 180 passengers each, which made a traffic of 1 440 travelers. Today the number is expected to be repeated.
Land travel has also resumed in these cities, although the reactivation of this means of transport is slow due to low demand. In Cusco, at the land terminal, only four buses left the port, two to Lima and the others to Puerto Maldonado and Arequipa, respectively. There were no interprovincial arrivals.
“Let’s hope that by next Tuesday at the latest the departures and arrivals will increase, for which we implemented our protocols. The passengers will board the buses with their respective protection implements and we will also facilitate fast and molecular tests in case of suspicions”, said the director of the terminal, Ronal Caballero.
The tickets remain at the same price that was consigned before the pandemic and the state of emergency. For example, traveling to Puno demands an investment between 40 and 60 soles and to Lima between 120 and 180 soles, depending on the company.
In Tacna, at the Manuel A. Odría and El Collasuyo terminals, the most requested trips were to Lima and Puno. For the first destination, the cost of the ticket ranged from 80 to 140 soles, while for the highlands, tickets ranged from 25 to 50 soles.
Friday (October 2) – LIMA – Last night Peru’s Ministry of Health reported 3,468 more cases of COVID-19. They also reported 72 more deaths which continues the dramatic trend of fewer deaths reported each day compared to past weeks and months.
The positivity rate rose very slightly to 22.0% which is still extremely high.
There are currently 7,511 patients hospitalized by COVID-19, of which 1,353 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation. The number of hospitalized with COVID continues its rapid decrease, too.
So far 690,528 people have completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
There are 127,769 known active cases of COVID-19 in Peru right now. This number has gone down by over 34% in just the past 38 days.
Thursday (October 1) – PUNO – Paulino Coila, president of the association of boatmen of the Uros Islands in the city of Puno, confirmed that yesterday they restarted the river transport service on Lake Titicaca, but only for local tourists.
The association did not obtain authorization or response from the Navy or the municipality to their requests to restart activities to the islands of the Uros, Amantani and Taquile, Coila said; however, they decided to leave for work today because their economy is no longer holding up.
The more than 190 boatmen dedicated themselves to handicrafts and repairing their units during the quarantine in the region. They also pointed out that they were not benefited by the government bonds.
“We would like to reactivate our services to the Uros Island, because many of us no longer have support, nor bonds or anything else and our families need it,” said the leader.
Coila also said that many students, not having the economic means to recharge their cell phones and communicate with teachers, stopped studying at the college and university.
The tickets will be maintained at the same cost as before the pandemic, 10 soles, and covers round trip to the tourist islands of the Uros.
On its first day, only six of the more than 190 boats carried six passengers, said the boatmen’s secretary, Willy Pacompia.
Thursday (October 1) – AREQUIPA – Until October 15, the free entry of tourists to the Colca Valley, located in Arequipa, is postponed in order to finish the adaptation of the biosecurity protocols against covid-19 in the establishments of the tourism sector such as hotels, restaurants, transportation, guides and others.
The resumption of tourist activities in the Colca Valley was planned for today with free admission for local and national tourists for two months.
The measure was adopted by the Autonomous Authority of Colca (Autocolca), in coordination with the representatives of the tourist operators, in a recent meeting held in the city of Chivay, capital of the province of Caylloma.
The postponement of the resumption of tourism activities in Colca is intended to provide optimal service to tourists, as well as to ensure the health of vulnerable citizens in the 20 districts of the province of Caylloma.
Also from the districts of the province of Castilla such as Ayo, Chachas and Andagua, which make up the Valley of the Volcanoes; and from those that now form part of the geopark (Orcopampa, Chilcaymarca and Choco), and the districts of Arequipa and Moquegua that make up the National Reserve of Salinas and Aguada Blanca.
Autocolca implemented the biosecurity protocols under the guidelines of the different sectors of the State such as the Ministry of Health (Minsa), Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) and others.
Autocolca adapted 18 protocols that are implemented in travel and tourism agencies, campsites, thermal complexes, purchase and registration of tourist tickets, the tour of the various tourist routes, religious temples and plazas.
As well as tourist guides and drivers of tourist units, lodging establishments, entrance to museums and the Colca Valley, viewpoints, restaurants, bars, snacks. In the area will be offered community tourism, adventure tourism, sale of handicrafts and the procedure of attention in case of suspicion of a tourist with covid-19.
Among the protocols to consider are the washing and disinfection of hands, proper use of masks, social distancing, signage, use of footbaths at the entrance of the establishments, cleaning and disinfection of environments, avoid crowds, etc.
In 2019, 287,407 tourists entered the Colca Valley; until March 15, 2020, 41,535 visitors arrived, which seriously affected the tourism sector. By September 2019, 174,817 had already arrived.
Thursday (October 1) – LIMA – Yesterday President Martín Vizcarra announced that as of Monday, October 5th, the quarantine will be lifted in the provinces of Abancay (Apurímac), Huamanga (Ayacucho) and Huánuco (Huánuco). However, he pointed out that the immobilization of Sundays will continue.
“In these three provinces of Abancay, Huamanga and Huánuco, we are lifting, as of Monday 5, the targeted quarantine,” he announced.
The president said that this decision was taken after an evaluation of the level of advance of the COVID-19 infection in the regions of the country.
“We have analyzed in more detail with specialists from the Ministry of Health and they have informed us that the growth curve is also occurring in those provinces, it was maintained because the final effort is still missing; however, their authorities and their population are committed in this effort to control the contagion,” he said.
He asked the population and authorities to act with responsibility to fight COVID-19, and he assured that they will immediately have the vaccine to attend the population of our country.
According to the last report of the Apurímac Health Department, the province of Abancay has 4,442 positive cases of COVID-19.
Meanwhile in Ayacucho, the province of Huamanga has 12,187 positive cases of the new coronavirus. In Huánuco, the province of the same name has 16,431 cases.
(Last September 25, the President announced that these three provinces would continue with the targeted quarantine until the end of October. However, with today’s announcement, it is dismissed.)
Thursday (October 1) – LIMA – President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday announced that the Executive Branch has approved the resumption of international air travel starting October 5, as part of Economic Reactivation’s Phase 4.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) passed Ministerial Resolution No. 0642-2020-MTC/01, which makes official the measure that authorizes international flights to 11 destinations in 7 countries within the region.
The approved destinations are Guayaquil and Quito (Ecuador); La Paz and Santa Cruz (Bolivia); Bogota, Cali, and Medellin (Colombia); Panama (Panama); Asuncion (Paraguay); Montevideo (Uruguay); as well as Santiago (Chile).
It has been established that said flights will be no longer than 4 hours.
The restart of passenger transportation —through international flights to safe destinations— was approved in accordance with the provisions of Supreme Decree No. 157-2020-PCM.
Such decree approved Phase 4 of the Economic Reactivation within the framework of the declaration of the State of National Emergency due to the severe circumstances affecting the lives of Peruvians as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thursday (October 1) – LIMA – President Martin Vizcarra on Wednesday reiterated that Phase 4 of the Economic Reactivation begins today, which includes the resumption of activities and the expansion of capacity for already-authorized activities.
“A new month begins tomorrow. October starts and the Economic Reactivation’s Phase 4 kicks off. As we announced last week, there will be some changes so that productivity, the economy, and job creation for Peruvians can be streamlined,” he said.
Vizcarra explained that the capacity of some businesses will be expanded, but in a fairly responsible manner.
“The stores, which used to be allowed to host 50% of the total amount of people, for which they had been built, can now welcome 60%. Restaurants’ capacity is rising from 40% to 50%,” he indicated.
“That means we are increasingly enhancing the conditions so that the economy improves, but being responsible towards the health of all Peruvians,” he added.
The top official clarified that there are some activities that have not started yet, because bars, discos, casinos, and slot machines are still prohibited.
“Those activities will resume in due course, but this decision has not been made yet; please, respect the restrictions that are still in force for the sake of the health of all Peruvians,” he said.
“We are going to intensify the inspections because we see that even after having had tragedies for not respecting these restrictions, some bars or discos continue to operate clandestinely,” he added.
The President affirmed that the Peruvian National Police and the Armed Forces will respond drastically to those who violate the regulations “because we are in a state of emergency.”
Thursday (October 1) – LIMA – President Martin Vizcarra on Thursday announced that there are six laboratories which will begin the testing phase of their candidate vaccines in Peru this October.
Vizcarra affirmed that agreements are already in force to test these vaccines, as is being done at Lima-based Cayetano Heredia and San Marcos Universities by the Sinopharm company in its last phase for commercialization-related approval.
“There are six laboratories that want to test their (candidate) vaccines in Peru, and they are starting to perform the clinical trials this October,” he expressed.
Among them are AstraZeneca-University of Oxford, Johnson & Johnson, and CureVac.
The President also assured that the vaccine will be guaranteed to Peru as soon as it is marketed.
“It is convenient for our own scientists to witness the reactions in order to serve the population when they are massively vaccinated, which we hope will be done in the coming months,” he stated.
Thursday (October 1) – CUSCO – The Regional Government of Cusco, through the Regional Management of Economic Development, has signed an agreement for the extraction and transfer of wild South American camelids for repopulation purposes, between the Association of Producers San Isidro Cusibamba Yanahuara – Suttoc Pacchac, of Urubamba and the Association of Alpaca and Llama Breeders Cerro Azul of the province of Canchis.
The Urubamba association has a management declaration in which it has a declared area of 1000 hectares for the management and conservation of the vicuña. This community is a beneficiary of the project “Improvement of the Capacities for the Sustainable Management of the Vicuña in the Conservationist Communities of the Cusco Region” of the regional entity of Cusco.
It is also announced that there is a commitment to receive and transfer 70 females and 30 males with the respective care from the Association of Producers of Alpacas and Llamas Cerro Azul – Canchis to the module of sustainable use of vicuña of the Association of Producers San Isidro de Urubamba, in order to make sustainable use of the resource of South American camelids and increase family economic income of the community by harvesting and marketing of the fiber.
Finally, this agreement will be in force until November 2021, when the authorizations for the extraction and transportation of wild South American camelids will be terminated, according to the norms stipulated by the Serfor and Minagri.
Thursday (October 1) – CCORCA – Authorities of the Regional Direction of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco inspected the different districts and provinces of the region, with the objective of making known the main tourist centers and attractions they have.
At the invitation of the mayor of the district of Ccorca, the head of Dircetur, Fredy Deza, was established in this sector in order to inspect their main attractions with which they have for an eventual economic recovery, first with the local tourism.
“We are in this district thanks to the invitation of the mayor, we will make an inspection to its attractions and according to that we will promote an economic recovery for the population” said De la Vega.
During the visit, the main attractions of this district were visited, such as the Inca Trail or Qhapaq Ñan, the Tecsecocha Faralloenses, the cave paintings of the Man of Ccorca and their communities for experiential tourism, this community would be ready to be declared cultural heritage of the Nation through the Ministry of Culture “we have a great variety of tourist attractions that must be disseminated to have tourism in Ccorca, which will help in the economy of the vast majority of people,” said Lucio Huamán, local mayor.
In addition, the district of Ccorca has a variety of cuisine and trout farming in the community of Totora which makes this place more attractive, which with the support of the Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism could become a safe tourist destination in the province of Cusco.
The mayor Lucio Huamán welcomed this initiative of wanting to revalue and show Cusco and the whole world, the richness that this population has and that obviously with a technical work it will be possible to start with the economic reactivation in favor of the population, turning this district into a place for everyone.
[You can read about one of my visits to Ccorca here: Find Yourself Alone in Ccorca’s Tecsecocha Canyon. It’s a really cool place to visit — highly recommended.]
Thursday (October 1) – CHINCHERO – The second phase of the earthwork for the Chinchero International Airport project should be completed this year, estimated the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC), Carlos Estremadoyro.
“This is how we are fulfilling our commitment to leave this project on track so that it can be completed within the established timeframe and start operating in the first months of 2025,” said the head of the MTC in a dialogue with Radio Salkantay in Cusco.
The represents a slight delay in opening as previously it had been indicated that this project would begin operations in October 2024.
Thursday (October 1) – CUSCO – The Management of Transit, Road and Transport of the Provincial Municipality of Cusco reported that the units of urban and intercity transport services will operate with the use of 100% of their seats starting today.
By means of a communiqué, they specified that the vehicles can fill the number of seats indicated in their vehicle identification card (category M2 and M3), and in no case they can travel standing passengers.
Buses should be cleaned and disinfected to avoid possible infection with coronavirus. In addition, they will make available to users the antibacterial gel or alcohol.
Passengers will only enter through the front door with a mask and face shield, and will get off at the back of the vehicle.
With reference to the hours of service will be in accordance with the provisions of Municipal Ordinance No. 033-2012-MPC, Monday through Saturday from 6 am to 10 pm, taking into account that the curfew is from q1 pm to 4 am and continues to apply social immobilization on Sundays.
The Management of Transit, Feasibility and Transportation in coordination with the Police and the Public Ministry will permanently develop the control and supervision. In case the carrier does not respect the regulations in force, it will be sanctioned according to Supreme Decree 016-2020-MTC and Municipal Ordinance N°07-2020-MPC, the press release states.
Likewise, the commune urged the population to take into account the recommendations for the use of the service and to avoid agglomerations at authorized stops.
Thursday (October 1) – LIMA – Last night Peru’s Ministry of Health reported 3,061 more cases of COVID-19 and 67 deaths. The positivity rate for Monday’s testing dropped to 21.8%.
In the last three days Minsa has reported a total of 201 deaths. In August, they reported an average of 193 deaths every day! September’s average dropped to 117 deaths a day.
Currently there are 7,609 patients hospitalized by COVID-19 — a huge drop — of which 1 358 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 683,815 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
The number of known active cases continues it’s steady decrease by dropping to 131,014 through Monday — a decrease of nearly 56,000 during September!
Wednesday (September 30) – MACHU PICCHU – This morning Diario Correo is reporting that the mayor of Machu Picchu, Darwin Baca, emphatically stated that Machu Picchu is not ready to be reopened, since the authorities have failed to fulfill many commitments that would ensure a safe and COVID-19 free visit.
Baca mentioned that, although he appreciates the regional and national initiative to revive tourism and the transit of visitors which will reactivate the ailing economy of Cusco, he has not yet decided on the reopening of attractions such as Machu Picchu, since it must pass through an endless number of filters before opening to the general public.
“What must be clear is that, one thing is the reactivation plan and another is the reopening of some archaeological site, which is pending. In the case of Machu Picchu that is seen by the Management Unit of Machu Picchu at the ministerial and vice-ministerial level, they are two different things, sometimes the media understand that the archaeological sites are being reopened, which is not happening,” he said.
He noted that in the case of Machu Picchu, many commitments are not being met in terms of health and tourism supply, and pointed out that if the virus is not guaranteed to be contained, they cannot provide the security needed by national or foreign tourists “it is not open for open,” he said.
The mayor even mentioned that to date the Ministry of Health has not sent them any tests to discard COVID-19 and the only ones they handle are those that they could manage with their own resources. He added that they have not even given them the much talked about ambulance to transport sick or injured locals and tourists.
“We do not have the quick tests delivered by the Minsa. We do not have the triage topics at the train stations nor the famous ambulance. How do we transfer a patient with severe symptoms? This is the risk we have before the visit of national and foreign tourists. If we do not have this there are no guarantees,” he said.
Wednesday (September 30) – CUSCO – Yesterday I quoted multiple local media sources as saying that the reopening of Machu Picchu and other tourist sites in the Cusco region would occur on October 5, but that La Republica said it would not be until October 15.
Last night La Republica also reported that the opening of these sites would be Monday, October 5.
Now all that’s left is figuring how to get to Machu Picchu, how to get tickets (if required) to the site, and if any lodging will be open.
As of yesterday morning, all Machu Picchu ticket offices and all PeruRail and IncaRail ticket offices in Cusco were closed.
This morning online ticket sales to Machu Picchu are still not available. PeruRail’s website shows all trains to Machu Picchu are sold out for the rest of the month. (That likely means they are still not offering online ticket sales.)
Wednesday (September 30) – LIMA – Last night Peru’s Ministry of health reported 3,054 more cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The usual low testing numbers of that day of the week resulted in a 23.6% positivity rate which is is still extremely high.
Minsa reported 72 deaths on that day. The average number was September so far is 113 — a number that continues to drop drastically as the end of the month nears.
There are currently 7,911 patients hospitalized by COVID-19 — a number that has dropped significantly in September — of which 1,362 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 676,925 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
The number of known active cases also continues it’s massive reduction to 131,843 at the end of Sunday.
Tuesday (September 29) – LIMA – RPP Noticias did an interesting article today about prices for flight in the first week of availability.
International flights will be able to operate from next Monday, October 5th and RPP says that both the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have said that international flights will go to Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil (only with Sao Paulo).
The Association of International Air Transport Companies (AETAI) expects a high demand in the first week of restart.
According to Latam’s website, flights are scheduled for Chile during the first week of the recovery.
For the first day of flight start, the ticket to Santiago de Chile costs between US$77 and US$282.
The following days the prices are also at least US$77 per ticket. The highest price on the mentioned airline is US$1,611.
Sky Airlines indicates on its website that they have flights scheduled with prices from US$50 to US$121 for the first week. The highest price corresponds to the first day of travel, October 5th.
Latam has scheduled flights to Quito for next Thursday 08 and Saturday 10 October. The price per one-way ticket, as set out on the website, varies from US$ 213 to US$347.
Flights to Mexico City on Wednesday, October 7, cost US$2,791 (one way), according to the Latam website.
For Friday, October 09, they cost US$ 1,315 (one way). On Sunday, October 11, the price is also US$ 1,315 one way.
Brazil (Sao Paulo)
For Brazil, specifically Sao Paulo, the flights with Latin America would be scheduled from next Monday 05. One-way ticket prices range from US$ 338 to US$ 1,658 in the first week. These rates are one way.
There are still no flights scheduled for next week. Latam indicates that they will have trips to Bogota, capital of Colombia, from next Thursday, October 15. Prices will be between US$ 652 and US$ 1,215.
Viva Air has flights to Bogota from that same date at about S/774.
Tuesday (September 29) – LIMA – The rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in Peruvian regions decreased by an average of 12% in the third week of September if compared to the previous one, the Social Health Insurance System (EsSalud) reported on Tuesday.
EsSalud’s Intelligence and Data Analysis Unit Chief Dante Cersso specified that 30,000 new cases were reported in the third week of September.
The specialist stressed that in this new EsSalud Heat Map report four regions —which until a few weeks ago had recorded high numbers of COVID-19 cases— now register a sharp decline.
“This is the case of Loreto, Moquegua, Huanuco, and Pasco. For example, cases in Loreto have decreased considerably. Of the 500 cases reported two weeks ago, it now records 300 cases per week. Likewise, Moquegua went from 1,400 cases per week to 900,” Cersso said in remarks to RPP radio and TV station.
This same trend is registered in cities with large populations such as Lima, Lambayeque, and Piura.
He stressed that the participation of the population —which has become aware of the severity of the disease— is vital in reducing new coronavirus cases. In this sense, the official requested citizens not to be overconfident and to comply with the established biosecurity measures.
Yet Cersso warned that the number of infections in the south of the country is still high, especially in the regions: Madre de Dios, Puno, Cusco, and Arequipa; in addition to Amazonas in the north.
Tuesday (September 29) – CUSCO – The Cusco region will begin the economic and tourist reactivation with free visits for Cusqueños to the 47 registered tourist districts, among them Machu Picchu, to then allow the entrance to the national tourists and, finally, to the foreigners, as announced yesterday by regional governor Jean Paul Benavente Garcia.
He specified that the visits will be from October 5 and will include Machu Picchu, the 16 attractions offered by the Tourist Ticket and others, with strict compliance with health protocols to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
[NOTE: La Republica just reported this morning that Machu Picchu will open on October 15 according to regional director of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur), Fredy Deza. Obviously there is a difference in opening dates. I’ll update as more information is released.]
The priority will be to benefit the citizens who live directly and indirectly from tourism in Cusco, such as artisans, tour guides, travel agencies, micro entrepreneurs and businessmen. “This is the only way to return to what tourism was for the people of Cusco, which generated employment and income,” he said to Agencia Andina.
For his part, the regional director of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco, Fredy Deza de la Vega, expressed his confidence that they will overcome the crisis that tourism is going through in three phases: containment, strengthening and recovery.
The first one, he explained, consists “in taking care of all of us to come back soon”, a time in which 4,480 people are trained in a virtual way in surveillance, prevention and first aid in case of possible cases covid-19, promote tourism regulations, surveillance plans, tourism culture and biosecurity protocols.
In this sector, 1,100 artisans will also benefit, 700 of them from the business sector with whom they address business plans. In addition, another 600 artisans will be formalized in a first stage.
The second phase consists of “preparing for tomorrow” by seeking to make the programs of the Business Support Fund (FAE) Tourism, Entrepreneurial Tourism and Reactive Peru more flexible, said the official.
During this period, the “tourist associations” will also be promoted, in a first stage, in the provinces of Calca and Urubamba, and will try to reach La Convención. The objective will be to form a corridor between the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Amazon.
Through technology, the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur) will make a diagnosis of recovery of destinations before the covid-19. In addition, Deza de la Vega said that they will have a portfolio of investments and projects to be executed, to enter the recovery phase.
The free visits will be from October 5 and will include Machu Picchu, the 16 attractions offered by the Tourist Ticket and others.
During this period, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) international seal and the Cusco Safe Destination label will be obtained.
Benavente Garcia, the head of Dircetur and some mayors – others in a virtual way – met yesterday afternoon in the auditorium of the Regional Government of Cusco, where they showed their willingness to promote responsible tourism that encourages the growth of this sector.
Monday (September 28) – LIMA – This afternoon Peru’s Ministry of Health reported 3,412 more cases of COVID-19 for Sunday. The positivity rate dropped slightly to 22.4%.
The number of deaths reported was only 62 — the lowest in about 4 months.
There are currently 8,054 patients hospitalized by COVID-19, of which 1,354 are in ICU with mechanical ventilation.
So far 670,989 people completed their period of home isolation or were discharged from a health facility.
The number of known active cases (137,725) in Peru continues to drop for the 29th day out of the last 30 days. (The one day of a rise was an increase of only 32.)
Monday (September 28) – AREQUIPA/CUSCO – La Republica reports that the president of the Association of Travel Agencies and Tourism of Arequipa (AVIT), Jorge Valderrama, reported that they are coordinating with the authorities of the Colca Valley, the activation of health protocols in hotels and restaurants. In October, this tourist destination will reopen to the public, without charging admission to national and foreign tourists.
Valderrama said that 18 establishments adapted to the sanitary norms against COVID-19. Now comes the field verification, to later offer the enclosures in the tourist packages.
The representative of the agencies pointed out that the reactivation is gradual. In September, 30% of the agencies associated with AVIT reopened, and by October it is expected to be 60%. This will go hand in hand with the reopening of attractions, such as museums or restaurants.
For example, today the Santa Catalina Monastery reopens, where admission will be under protocol and with prior appointment.
Valderrama has information that the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries, where the Mummy Juanita is housed, is also preparing to reopen. He stressed that local and national tourists will have an important role in the first stage of reactivation of the sector.
The head of the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Dircetur) of Cusco, Fredy Deza, reported that in the fortnight of October, will begin with the first stage of the revival of tourism, with activities aimed at the local level, which will serve as a thermometer for the implementation of health protocols.
In the coming days, Dircetur will present the plans for the reactivation, where the social programs of local tourism will be resumed. To this end, they will invite citizen organizations, such as milk producers, educational institutions, and housing associations, to participate in small tours of the attractions of the city of Cusco. “We are preparing the protocols, these tours will be directed to the local public, in which we will require tour guides, the qualification of restaurants among other services,” quoted Deza.
Monday (September 28) – CUSCO – Follosing the approval of the “Sanitary Guidelines before the COVID-19 for Tourist Destinations,” by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism, which conceives the gradual return of visitors to the different national attractions, in Cusco, the main tourist destination of Peru, local authorities are preparing for the return of local, national and foreign tourists through a plan that seeks to offer a tourism free of COVID-19.
The regional governor of Cusco, Jean Paul Benavente, said today that although fear and dread of traveling has been generated among tourists around the world, this will be fought through a proposal that will recognize Cusco as a safe destination.
“In the proposal ‘Cusco Safe Destination’, the health and tourism sectors, municipalities and business associations are promoting health certification policies for the different actors in the sector, from travel agencies to restaurants, for which we are generating incentives for everyone to adhere to this policy,” he said.
Benavente said that the economy must be reactivated through tourism in Cusco, by means of strict health care that helps to promote tourism activity and at the same time allows for the coexistence with COVID-19.
“The coronavirus overflow is already controlled. We have one of the lowest mortality rates in Peru. Before making a dichotomy between Health and Tourism, we have to strengthen the health policy. All economic policy must be linked to the health issue, hence health control is very important in this phase of economic recovery,” he said.
Fredy Deza, from the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco, indicated that receptive tourism decreased by 86.5% due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that from 4,371,000 visitors per year this year only 591,000 arrived.
Out of 19,187 tourist providers registered in Cusco, 17,652 lost their jobs this year, and 75% of them did not have access to any government bonds. It was also learned that 100% of the workshops and artisan centers have closed.
Monday (September 28) – LIMA – RPP Noticias reports that international flights will be able to start from October 5th, after more than six months of paralysis. However, this resumption will be progressive and will allow travel to and from certain countries in a first stage.
President Martin Vizcarra had indicated that it would begin with neighboring countries in the region, for which talks were already underway with the leaders of those nations.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mario López, the countries that will be allowed in a first stage would be Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil (only with Sao Paulo).
“As of October 5th we will be developing international flights under sanitary controls. We are reviewing the last phase of these protocols, meanwhile we have been establishing contacts with the countries,” he commented in Chancellor in Canal N.
The flights to destinations such as Europe, Asia or the United States are not be planned yet.
To travel it will be necessary that all passengers present their negative test of COVID-19. This must be a molecular test.
This must be a molecular test. “We must remember that all this goes hand in hand with the Ministry of Health. There are countries that will request the tests from us, just as we will request the tests from those who arrive in the country. At this time, (we know that) it will be requested (the test) as a condition and (here in Peru) the validity of the test will be verified. About the capacity is an issue that will define the Minsa, is not yet confirmed,” he said.
Regarding the other requirements, they will be announced soon.
Monday (September 28) – LIMA – RPP Noticias reports that the fourth phase of the economic reactivation will be able to work from October onwards, as announced by President Martin Vizcarra in his recent press conference.
Vizcarra gave details about the progressive resumption of some activities, clarifying that not all activities will be allowed, so as not to jeopardize the decrease in cases of COVID-19.
“We have to be aware that we need to generate as many jobs as possible and we need to reactivate. As of October we are starting phase 4,” he said.
For the moment these are the activities that are added to those already allowed in phases 1, 2 and 3 of reactivation:
- International flights (countries to be confirmed, from October 5th).
- Passenger transport by rail and sea.
- Travel agencies and tour operators.
- Sports activities in public or private facilities with a maximum capacity of 50% (Individuals or couples. No collective activities will be allowed, nor with public).
- Services related to art, entertainment and recreation (such as a theme park) with a capacity of 60% and protocol.
In addition, it will be allowed to increase the capacity of two activities that were already allowed since previous phases: Restaurants and related services will now be able to operate with a capacity of 50% of their facilities, while commercial stores and conglomerates will now be able to have a capacity of 60%.
It is worth remembering that phase 4 was pending since August. The government had decided to postpone the date as the country was facing a high level of coronavirus cases.
Not all commercial activities have been approved. Due to the uncertainty of a possible second wave of COVID-19 infections, the government has chosen not to initiate activities related to bars, discos, and movie theaters, as they are considered centers of high level infection.
Monday (September 28) – LIMA – The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) approved the “Sectorial Sanitary Protocol before the COVID-19 for game rooms”, as reported through El Peruano.
The guidelines confirmed in the Ministerial Resolution N° 196-2020-MINCETUR will be demanded when the resumption of this type of activities is arranged.
According to the protocol, slot machines and casinos may start their activities with a maximum capacity of 50%.
Among the main measures that must be fulfilled by the companies of the area areElaborate a vigilance and prevention plan before the Covid-19:
- Take temperature before entering the room
- Guarantee point of washing or disinfection of hands and means for disinfection of footwear at the entrance of the room
- Carry out the cleaning and disinfection program for all areas
- Disinfect slots, gaming tables, chairs and elbow rests after use.
- The gaming room will need to be kept naturally ventilated or with recirculated clean air.
- Regarding the distance, the social distance of 1 meter between people should be prioritized, and they should wear a mask at all times. Therefore, the machines and game tables must be placed in that distance.
- As for the personnel, their information must be registered to allow traceability in case of suspicion or confirmation of contagion and consent must be requested for the use of personal data.
- Likewise, the suppliers of these companies must have proof of the resumption of activities in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.
Monday (September 28) – MY APARTMENT – As we wind down the latest 2 months if quarantine in Cusco and 6 1/2 months under the State of Emergency since the pandemic first hit Peru, I’m very concerned about the data being reported from Cusco’s Diresa.
The number of cases reported each day has dropped drastically, but for awhile now they are not reporting how many tests are being performed.
Based on the overall increases in positivity since March which are published, statistically it implies that there is a massive positivity rate that has occurred in the past few days. That means that a huge percentage of people who are being testing are positive, but because there are few cases reported then the number of actual tests must be relatively small.
For many months Cusco’s Diresa published the number of tests applied each day in a very transparent number. Now they longer do that which hides the positivity rate — the most important statistic to look at when evaluating the reach of the coronavirus across the region.
Looking at their numbers, it appears that COVID spread has almost disappeared in the Cusco province. Does anyone really believe that one of the world’s most contagious diseases has suddenly almost stopped spreading in a province of nearly half a million people?
Monday (September 28) – CUSCO – This morning Cusco’s Regional Health Directorate reported 180 more cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths on Sunday.
Here are the most recent total cases reported so far for different provinces. I’m also noting the change from the previous report.
|PROVINCES IN THE CUSCO REGION||CASES|
|La Convencion||5,123 (+35)|
Here are the total cases reported so far for the main districts in the central part of the city of Cusco:
|DISTRICTS IN CENTRAL CUSCO CITY||CASES|
|San Jeronimo||3,608 (+0)|
|San Sebastian||6,252 (+5)|
Here are the total cases reported so far in some other districts where I think there are a number of readers living as of now. If you want me to start including a district, please let me know.
|MISC DISTRICTS IN THE CUSCO REGION||CASES|
|Machu Picchu||211 (+0)|
Monday (September 28) – LIMA – The second call to participate in the clinical trials of the Sinopharm vaccine against COVID-19 in Peru will increase the number of participants to ensure the recruitment of the 3,000 volunteers required for the study, reported Eduardo Ticona, coordinator of the research team at San Marcos University.
“We are going to increase the number of enrolled participants, because some people have medical concerns that prevent them from participating in the clinical trials,” Ticona told Andina news agency.
“These participants, other than the 3,000 required for the study, will be put on a waiting list,” he explained.
Volunteers wishing to participate in these clinical trials —carried out by the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm in Peru in order to test the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine— can register here starting at 6:00 p.m.
Participants cannot have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have to be 18 years old or older. There is no age limit to participate in these trials.
In this sense, Ticona called on young people to help their parents and senior citizens to register online because a greater number of people from said population is required now since they did not volunteer as part of the first group.
Monday (September 28) – LIMA – The Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (Midis), through the national school feeding program Qali Warma, has begun to deliver 300 tons of high quality and safe food products to 14,606 citizens in 97 communities belonging to Urarinas and Kukama-Kukamiria indigenous peoples living in the district of Urarinas (Loreto region).
The river boat left Jose Silfo Alvan del Castillo-Masusa Pier in Punchana district on a trip to Maypuco (Urarinas).
Before that, the delivery —of the goods aimed at vulnerable populations— was thoroughly supervised from the warehouse to the pier.
The delivered foodstuffs include noodles, rice, legumes such as beans, milk, sugar, among others, which are transported through the Amazonas and Marañon basins under COVID-19 biosafety protocols.
The foods have been produced based on technical specifications required by the country’s health authority and Qali Warma, in line with the Healthy Food Law. Thus, they do not exceed the level of recommended sugar and fat intake.
This aid is carried out within the framework of Legislative Decree No. 1472, which allows the aforementioned social program to buy and deliver food at the request of district municipalities, ministries, among others.
Thus, the decree expands Qali Warma’s coverage to exceptionally include people in situation of vulnerability in the current context of health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The distribution is carried out through municipalities and sectors that may require so.
Qali Warma explained that this delivery is made at the request of the Municipality of Urarinas.
Monday (September 28) – LIMA – Central Reserve Bank (BCR) Governor Julio Velarde has affirmed that Peru saw a rapid economic recovery in the third quarter of this year, driven by the implementation of the first three phases of the Economic Reactivation.
“We observe a rapid recovery in the third quarter of the year and the signs we are seeing suggest a more gradual revival in the fourth quarter. Perhaps, this recovery might speed up if the assumptions that we are analyzing are met,” he said.
Velarde estimated that the Peruvian economy will reach pre-pandemic levels by 2022.
“The reopening of activities —which were not allowed in the second quarter— boosted the GDP in the third quarter and, since then, the economy would recover at a slower pace,” he remarked.
Velarde projected that the contraction will be less severe than expected three months ago.
“A 30% contraction was previously expected, but now we expect a 28.5% drop and a 20% growth for next year. Despite this recovery, Peru will remain below 2019 levels in 2021,” the BCR governor estimated.
He stated that a further contraction in non-mining investment is expected for this year, exceeding the decline in mining investment, due to the strict lockdown in the second quarter. Both indicators are expected to see similar recovery levels in 2021.
Regarding public investment, he reported, it had contracted 40% in the first half of 2020. Consequently, a 19% decrease is projected for 2020 as a whole, while a 13.7% recovery is expected for next year.
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