Extension of Puerto Rico Curfew Still Undecided
COVID-19 Task Force Says Distancing Measures Slowing Spread
SAN JUAN – The Medical Task Force has not yet made the determination to recommend to Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced another extension of the curfew, or whether it should be made stricter.
Dr. Juan Carlos Reyes explained that, according to his projections, cases “are increasing, but we are increasing slower.”
He insisted that the curve can be flattened if citizens remain at home.
“At the end of the week they will recommend to the governor if the lock down is extended or if it will be stricter,” warned Dr. Juan Luis Salgado, who recommended that people cover their faces if leaving their homes for reasons covered by the executive orde.
Regarding a lack of health equipment, Dr. Segundo Rodríguez said, “We know that the people who are going to die will be due to a lack of ventilators,” 500 of which he said were arriving—of the 3,000 that will be needed according to the Task Force.
Health Secretary Lorenzo González Feliciano insisted that the peak of the pandemic on the island will occur between April 15 and the second week of May.
Fifteen deaths were reported from COVID-19 as of Friday in Puerto Rico, where there are 378 positive cases.