AIBONITE – The governor, Pedro Rafael Pierluisi Urrutia, said on Thursday that he does not consider introducing more restrictions in the face of a new executive order to counteract the effects of COVID-19 and before the confirmation of the arrival on the island of the new British strain of the virus .
“No. I do not foresee that, but, of course, if we must continue to monitor infections, the use of hospitals. This new strain the information that has reached me, which reflects is that it is easier to get it when the person has that type, that modality or that mutation of the virus is more contagious, but not the symptoms, nor the disease as such. It’s not like the disease is more intense, ”Pierluisi Urrutia said to questions from the press.
“There are like three confirmed cases, there are like 16 or 17 suspects, they are under investigation. Sure, we are an island in which there are approximately 3.82 million people. So you have to monitor it. But to the question if I see new restrictions, the answer is no, “he added.
Pierluisi Urruia, on the other hand, asserted that his determination is to “loosen the restrictions a little.”
“If everything remains stable … and the vaccines continue to arrive, they informed me that the federal Department of Health is going to increase vaccination by 10 percent,” he said.
He said the goal is that “by the end of the summer we have herd immunity,” he said.
Scientists from INNO Diagnostics and Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) from Ponce Research Institute, the scientific research center of Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU), detected a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 disease in tests carried out on the Island.
The strain identified by the PHSU scientists contains the 69-70 deletion, which is the one present in the variant that was recently detected in the United Kingdom, UK B.1.1.7. According to data recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 315 cases of this variant have been detected in the United States, said Dr. Vanessa Rivera-Amill, Scientific Director of INNO Diagnostics.
The governor’s expressions were given during a visit to Aibonito in which he delivered new ambulances to the Department of Public Security (DSP).