Senator blames governor for spike in COVID cases

By John McPhaul

Senate Health Committee Chairman Rubén Soto blamed Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Monday for the rise in positive cases of COVID-19 in Puerto Rico by making prevention measures more flexible and ignoring the recommendations of the scientific community.

“The rise that we are seeing in recent days, where 2,473 new positive cases for COVID-19 were reported last Saturday and today 2,006 among confirmed, probable and suspected cases, is due to the irresponsibility of the governor by ignoring the medical recommendations to be more rigorous in the protection measures to stop coronavirus infections,” Soto said.

The senator insisted that if the governor had followed the recommendations of the Scientific Coalition at the beginning of March, infections would not be so high today. He added that more rigorous measures should be put in place to prevent more infections given the rise in recent days.

“The governor has to take action and that’s it,” Soto said. “We have days with very high numbers in infections and hospitalizations. If the government’s message is that anything can be done, people will lower their guard and the infections will continue. The governor must put irresponsibility aside and work for the life and health of Puerto Ricans.”

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