Puerto Rico mentioned this week that residents 16 or older will change into eligible for Covid-19 vaccination on Monday. And after a latest enhance in new coronavirus circumstances, the island will put in place an extended in a single day curfew beginning Friday.
The beginning of the curfew, which can run till Might 9, will transfer as much as 10 p.m., from midnight, and can proceed to finish at 5 a.m., Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi mentioned in a statement on Wednesday. Eating places and companies can proceed to function at 50 p.c capability, whereas bars and golf equipment stay closed, he mentioned.
“We’re seeing a harmful spike in Covid circumstances that has led to a soar in hospitalizations and deaths,” Mr. Pierluisi mentioned. “I’ve been very prudent on the subject of reopening and have at all times been keen to make the mandatory changes to forestall circumstances from rising.”
The typical variety of new coronavirus circumstances reported each day in Puerto Rico has jumped 98 p.c previously two weeks, according to a New York Times database.
Already struggling due to a debt disaster and the aftermath of hurricanes which have ravaged the island lately, Puerto Rico has solely seen 23 p.c of its complete inhabitants obtain a minimum of one vaccine dose to this point, rating it close to the underside amongst U.S. states and territories.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentioned on Wednesday that nationwide, about 110 million individuals, 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 turned the final of the 50 states to speed up its timeline for making all adults eligible for vaccination, heeding President Biden’s calls for states, territories and tribes to do so.
Whereas the pace of vaccinations across the country has reached a mean of about three million doses a day, outbreaks of the virus in the Midwest and Northeast have federal well being officers frightened.