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 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 Could 9, will transfer as much as 10 p.m., from midnight, and can proceed to finish at 5 a.m., Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi stated 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 stated.
“We’re seeing a harmful spike in Covid circumstances that has led to a bounce in hospitalizations and deaths,” Mr. Pierluisi stated. “I’ve been very prudent on the subject of reopening and have all the time been keen to make the mandatory changes to forestall circumstances from rising.”
The typical variety of new coronavirus circumstances reported every day in Puerto Rico has jumped 98 p.c prior to now 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 in recent times, Puerto Rico has solely seen 23 p.c of its whole inhabitants obtain at the least one vaccine dose up to now, rating it close to the underside amongst U.S. states and territories.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated on Wednesday that nationwide, about 110 million individuals, or roughly one-third of the U.S. inhabitants, have acquired at the least 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 calls for states, territories and tribes to do so.
Whereas the pace of vaccinations across the country has reached a median of about three million doses a day, outbreaks of the virus in the Midwest and Northeast have federal well being officers nervous.