Puerto Rico mentioned this week that residents 16 or older will turn into eligible for Covid-19 vaccination on Monday. And after a current 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 is able to 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 press release on Wednesday. Eating places and companies can proceed to function at 50 p.c capability, whereas bars and golf equipment stay closed, he mentioned.
Puerto Rico grew to become the newest U.S. territory to open vaccinations to all adults, becoming a member of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“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 common variety of new coronavirus circumstances reported every day in Puerto Rico has jumped 98 p.c prior to now two weeks, in line with a New York Occasions 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 no less than one vaccine dose thus far, rating it close to the underside amongst U.S. states and territories.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned on Wednesday that nationwide, about 110 million individuals, or roughly one-third of the U.S. inhabitants, have obtained no less than 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 take action.
Whereas the tempo of vaccinations throughout the nation has reached a mean of about three million doses a day, outbreaks of the virus within the Midwest and Northeast have federal well being officers fearful.