Young Canadians confined to Peru for several months

A dream trip has just turned into a nightmare for three young travelers from the region. Confined for ten days in a youth hostel in Cuzco, Peru, they may well be trapped for several weeks, even months, while some local residents have tested positive for COVID-19
The e 16 March, Voice of East reported the mishap Raphaëlle Daigle, a student from Shefford, confined in the youth hostel where she was after the Peruvian authorities have closed the country’s borders. William Fafard and Raphaël Prud’homme, two Granbyens who were in a hotel nearby, came to join her. They were all already in Peru before the start of containment measures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In total, a dozen Canadians are currently at the Pariwana Hostel.

The 150 local customers learned early Wednesday afternoon that they could be forced to stay there for another one to three months since at least two people tested positive there. at COVID-19.

Raphaëlle Daigle, a student from Shefford, confined to the youth hostel where she was after the Peruvian authorities closed the country’s borders.
Raphaëlle Daigle, a student from Shefford, confined to the youth hostel where she was after the Peruvian authorities closed the country’s borders.
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“It’s panic here,” reports William Fafard. The police barricaded us as soon as we learned that the two people had tested positive. ”

The two patients received a doctor’s visit earlier this week. Given their positive diagnosis, the entire hotel is placed in quarantine for a period of one to three months, depending on the evolution of the situation. “Even if Canada comes to pick us up, the government of Peru will not let us out,” said William.

Peruvian military authorities have also blocked access to the establishment’s street, he said.

“I’m mad. The government has been too slow for the people caught in Cuzco, ”says Raphaëlle, who recalls that Canadians in the capital, Lima, were among the first to be repatriated from Peru. A total of 4,000 nationals were there at the start of the operation.

William Fafard, from Granby, is also at the Hostel Pariwana with his friend Raphaël Prud’homme, also from Granby.

Residents will now have to choose between two dishes at each meal. At all times, they must wear a mask.

All are confined to their room, some of which have 14 beds and no windows, and will only be allowed out of it for one hour per day each, and this, always at the same time of day, explains the young woman. “If you don’t follow their rules, you can go to jail for 5 to 10 years!”, She claims.

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On Facebook pages dedicated to Canadian and Quebec travelers in Peru, the promiscuity observed between the various residents of the place was criticized.

It indicates in particular that despite the epidemic, guests of the hostel could indulge in dance, yoga and Spanish classes in groups, activities that increased the risk of spread. Few social distancing measures, apart from retiring to one’s room, were put in place.

It also appears that one of the two infected persons is a teacher who teaches Spanish to travelers.

Other people also appear to have symptoms of COVID-19, it has been reported.

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