Delgado to governor: Activate team of health experts, re-energize COVID-19 prevention efforts

By John McPhaul

Faced with figures that point to 70 percent hospital occupancy and 708 new cases in a single day, Popular Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor Carlos “Charlie” Delgado Altieri asked Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced to activate a team of health experts to establish new strategies for stopping the spread of COVID-19 on the island.

“I insist that the government has collapsed and has given up on the fight against COVID-19,” Delgado said. “The figures that have been offered in recent hours raise all the alarms in terms of the number of cases and also about hospital occupation. We cannot wait any longer to activate health experts and develop specific strategies to address this scenario that we are facing.”

The PDP candidate said it is important to reach a balance between health and economic activity.

“As long as we are effective with a comprehensive action plan, we can contain the spread of the virus and gradually re-establish various activities,” he said. “What we cannot do is handle the matter irresponsibly. We need measures that are in tune with the scenario we are living in and not with hypothetical pictures that are not related to the reality that the country is experiencing.”

Delgado added that the appropriate response to the spread of the coronavirus must include experts in mental health and domestic and family violence.

“My vision as governor is to have an advisory team in the areas of health and the economy to establish a balance,” Delgado said. “We have to remember that there is not yet a vaccine for this disease and we must continue with prevention campaigns, access to tests and adequate health services for all citizens, contact tracing and strengthening the hospital sector. In addition, it is necessary to provide economic aid to the sectors, to the workers who have seen their income affected as a result of the confinement measures that, although necessary, have had an adverse effect for many.”

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