The Health Department reported today, Saturday, that the number of deaths from coronavirus (COVID-19) rose to 18, while infections now total 452 cases.

The three fatalities were women between the ages of 66, 61 and 75, and who were kept in their respective hospitals receiving after having tested positive for the disease. However, his health conditions worsened until he died.

The first two women perished in hospitals in the metropolitan region, while the third was in the Caguas region at the time of his death.

“The rapid increase in both deaths and positive results from COVID-19 gives us a clear signal of the seriousness of the matter and the certainty that we still have work to do to stop the spread of the virus. In this situation, the message must be reiterated: stay at home and take preventive hygiene measures, social distancing and comply with the curfew ”, stated the health secretary, Lorenzo González, through written statements.

Of the new positive cases, nine were obtained in the Public Health Laboratory of the Department of Health, four in the Veterans Hospital and 61 in private laboratories.

According to the agency, 4,190 COVID-19 tests have been carried out so far in Puerto Rico, of which 2,605 have been negative and about 1,129 are still awaiting the results.

During a special show yesterday, The medical task force and the Health Secretary indicated that the contagion curve on the island will continue to increase for the next two weeks.

At the same time, they warned that the majority of positive cases are from people with no travel history, so the spread of the virus on the island is carried out through community contagion.

According to the figures of the Department of Health, until now 51 infected people had a travel history, 75 did not have it and 326 cases did not have the information available.

Likewise, it was reported that 164 people were asymptomatic at the time of the test and 275 did not have that information available. Only 13 people, according to Salud, had symptoms at the time of the COVID-19 test.

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