The Secretary of the Department of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano, was surprised by the comments of religious leaders who assure that they would not comply with the executive order that will take effect on Saturday if it includes the closure of the churches.
“Me It is surprising that from the religious group there is talk of indiscipline in the context of what we are talking about. We have religious leaders who are going to promote indiscipline against life. This type of argument surprises me, ”said the head of Health in an interview on Radio Isla 1320.
Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced will present this afternoon the new executive order that seeks to contain the accelerated increase in infections and deaths from Covid-19 in Puerto Rico. The order is expected to include the closure of the churches.
"Of course," the official replied when asked if there are cases of Covid-19 in the churches de la Isla. “In church you sing, in church you share, in church you shake hands. So we have an area of greater contact. ”
González Feliciano invited the religious leaders to come to the Department of Health, to discuss the data that was presented to the governor to support the closure of the churches. “This is not capricious, this is based on refined information.”
The official was emphatic that the people who are dying the most from the coronavirus on the Island are those of the 60-year-old or older group. He pointed out that these are the ones who traditionally go to churches in person.
“What is being said to people is, we have a group of people who are dying, over 60 years of age, 75% of the people who has died is over 60 years old. At this time we should protect life over anything else … What is being asked of it is sanity, conscience. ”
Health reported 10 deaths today, nine of which were confirmed. Although one death was that of a 19-year-old girl, the others ranged from 65 to 91 years. The death classified as probable was that of a 97-year-old man.
"I cannot think that a leader of a church or of a religious movement would impose the presence of the church at the cost of life," said González Feliciano, at the ensure that it does have the power to order the closure of churches during the pandemic emergency.
So far in August, Health has reported 105 deaths associated with Covid-19. The Health Minister pointed out that in June one person died from the virus every certain day, while in July about three people died per day. Now, in August, he estimates that between seven and eight people are dying a day from the disease.