STRENGTH – Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced said Monday that, although she does not want to implement a total closure in Puerto Rico, there is a possibility that this will be done if “Puerto Ricans” continue to ignore the executive order.
“There may be more restrictive measures that we do not want to reach that. In this we are not foreseeing that possibility, but we cannot rule it out because it is an effort by all Puerto Ricans. If there is that effort, we will not see the ‘lock down’. If there is no effort and there is no response, it will also be within those considerations, “said Vázquez Garced at a press conference.
He explained that on Tuesday he will call a meeting with the mayors to avoid crowds in the municipalities, the opening of hammocks and establishments that crowd people, among others.
“We are going to see what the results of this meeting are. This is a consensus decision. On this occasion, the mayors and mayors must assume a more active role because there are hammocks that are opening around the island and it is a little more difficult and we need that the mayors and mayors have to help, “said the president.
“We are not going to wait until December 11, so we want to hold that meeting as soon as possible. If we can call it for tomorrow, we will do it tomorrow to have all the elements of judgment and to be able to do it with data. That we can tell the press and the people of Puerto Rico why we are going to vary that order or why we are not going to change it. If it is necessary to amend the current order, we will undoubtedly do so, we would not want to get there but I want to have all the elements before deciding ”, he added.
“I am concerned about the increase in positives. My concern is how the COVID situation is being handled.
I want to keep the hospital system healthy, so that we don’t have to do what we did in March ”he declared. The president’s expressions came after a meeting she held with the Secretary of Health, Dr. Lorenzo González Feliciano, the Undersecretary of Health, Dr. Iris Cardona, the Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC), Manuel Laboy Rivera and the special assistant of the Puerto Rico National Guard, General José Reyes.
For his part, Cardona mentioned that in the first phase of the vaccination process it will be 100,000 doses.
“The first phase of vaccination is not detailed at the end. This changes weekly. It is guaranteed that there will be a vaccine for those who qualify according to the established phases, ”said Cardona, who mentioned that it will be free of charge.
Asked the governor about why she does not make the decision now to close the country due to the increase in infections, she said that “it is not my responsibility, it belongs to the citizens.”
According to data from the Department of Health, confirmed cases in Puerto Rico amounted to 50,988, probable cases to 1,557, suspected cases 40,897 and 1,106 deaths from COVID-19. Hospitalizations totaled 622 with 84 ventilators occupied by COVID-19.