SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s governor introduced Thursday that he would require public faculty college students age 12 and older and all individuals within the tourism and leisure sectors to get booster pictures because the U.S. territory fights a surge in COVID-19 instances.
The deadline for acquiring the booster pictures is Feb. 15, mentioned Gov. Pedro Pierluisi, who additionally mentioned he would cap indoor capability at 75% in all private and non-private locations that serve purchasers.
“We can’t let our guard down,” he mentioned.
Pierluisi additionally prolonged present restrictions for an additional two weeks, together with demanding the closure of most companies from 12 a.m. to five a.m. and banning alcohol gross sales at these occasions. He not too long ago delayed the opening of public colleges by two weeks and required these working within the meals, well being and training sectors to get their boosters.
The island of three.3 million individuals has reported greater than 900 at present hospitalized, the best for the reason that pandemic started, and a cumulative whole of greater than 224,000 confirmed instances and greater than 3,400 deaths.
Puerto Rico had reported a take a look at positivity price of beneath 5% late final yr, but it surely shot as much as 36% this month, a change officers blame on the omicron variant.
Greater than 70% of individuals in Puerto Rico have obtained their second vaccine dose, however solely roughly 40% have obtained a booster.
The leap in instances not too long ago prompted 5 of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities to quickly shut native authorities places of work, with solely emergency providers working.