A 68-year-old man who began to have symptoms associated with coronavirus after traveling to New York she is the sixth victim of the disease in Puerto Rico, confirmed the Health Department.
The agency also reported that the number of infections was 174, representing 47 new positive cases compared to the data provided until yesterday. According to Health, 27 of these cases are men and 20 are women.
It was reported that the man who died from the virus was hospitalized in the Bayamón region, where the coronavirus test was performed, which yielded positive. According to the agency, the man’s clinical picture was complicated, so he died.
This death joins that of two men, 68 and 42, respectively, to that of a Puerto Rican, 48, followed by a tourist from New York, 73, and an Italian tourist, 68.
The Secretary of Health, Lorenzo González Feliciano, acknowledged that the numbers of infections and deaths “keep increasing”, so citizens must be kept at home.
“This should serve as an alert for all, that we are facing a serious situation in which each one must assume active responsibility. You must abide by the instructions of social distancing given by the government and avoid leaving the houses. This will be the only way to stop the spread of this virus, ”the official stated in a press release.
He also explained that of the 47 new positive cases, 14 were processed in the Public Health Laboratory, two in the Veterans Hospital and 31 in private laboratories.
The towns that have reported the most cases are San Juan and Caguas, however, Salud does not yet have complete data by municipality.
Gonzalez Feliciano He noted that so far 1,898 coronavirus tests have been carried out, of which 930 have yielded negative, while still due to the result of another 794.
For his part, the director of the coronavirus medical task force, Dr. Segundo Rodríguez Quilichini, Puerto Rico is entering “a decisive week” of the spread of the disease on the island, so cases are expected to continue increasing.
“Epidemiological data indicates that positive cases will continue to increase. However, we all want to control the spread of this virus and prevent as many cases as possible. We all have a duty to collaborate in this effort, the responsibility is collective and the message is one: Stay at home, “said the doctor.