Cusco Reports First Confirmed Omicron Case

Cusco’s Regional Government reported this last night:

GERESA provides epidemiological fence and contact tracing of affected patient in San Jeronimo district.

The Regional Health Management (GERESA) confirmed the first case of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in the Cusco region, according to information provided by the National Institute of Health (INS). This is a 22-year-old young man who lives in the district of San Jeronimo who, to date, is in the process of recovery without major complications and remains stable.

Regarding that, Javier Ramirez Escobar, Regional Manager of Health, pointed out that the health brigades immediately initiated the epidemiological circle of the infected patient in order to identify all the people he came in contact with. Also, epidemiological research with contact tracing has been carried out.

It did not rule out the presence of more cases of the omicron variant in the imperial city. The Cusco Regional Government through MANAGEMENT, demanded the population to strictly follow health measures to prevent coronavirus infection.

– Gobierno Regional Cusco – Oficial
Photo courtesy of the Center for Disease Control’s Public Health Image Library.

Unfortunately, there appears to minimal, if any, enforcement of rules and regulations. A large number of businesses continue to do whatever they want in defiance of rules. More and more people (and, of course, a large number of tourists) go maskless in public places — even in crowded places.

I was shocked that tourists were even allowed to go maskless at Machu Picchu when I visited Tuesday afternoon.

When I traveled to Aguas Calientes on Tuesday, people were prepared with documentation proof of vaccination status, but nothing was asked to enter the train station in Ollantaytambo.

When I returned on Thursday, I was asked to show proof of vaccination status to enter the station in Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu Pueblo).

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