Puerto Rico stated this week that residents 16 or older will grow to be eligible for Covid-19 vaccination on Monday. And after a latest improve in new coronavirus instances, the island will put in place an extended in a single day curfew beginning Friday.
The begin of the curfew, which can run till May 9, will transfer up to 10 p.m., from midnight, and can proceed to finish at 5 a.m., Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi stated in an announcement on Wednesday.
Restaurants and companies can proceed to function at 50 % capability, whereas bars and golf equipment stay closed, he stated.
“We are seeing a dangerous spike in Covid cases that has led to a jump in hospitalizations and deaths,” Mr. Pierluisi stated. “I have been very prudent when it comes to reopening and have always been willing to make the necessary adjustments to prevent cases from rising.”
The common variety of new coronavirus instances reported day by day in Puerto Rico has jumped 98 % prior to now two weeks, in accordance to a New York Times database.
Already struggling due to a debt disaster and the aftermath of hurricanes which have ravaged the island in recent times, Puerto Rico has solely seen 23 % of its complete inhabitants obtain a minimum of one vaccine dose up to now, rating it close to the underside amongst U.S. states and territories.
The Centers for Disease (*16*) and Prevention stated on Wednesday that nationwide, about 110 million folks, or roughly one-third of the U.S. inhabitants, have acquired a minimum of one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. Earlier this week Hawaii grew to become the final of the 50 states to speed up its timeline for making all adults eligible for vaccination, heeding President Biden’s requires states, territories and tribes to accomplish that.
While the tempo of vaccinations throughout the nation has reached a median of about three million doses a day, outbreaks of the virus within the Midwest and Northeast have federal well being officers anxious.