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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico will cautiously reopen beaches, restaurants, churches, malls and hair salons next week under strict new rules as the U.S. territory emerges from a two-month lockdown that stifled business activity on an island already beset with economic woes.

Gov. Wanda Vázquez announced Thursday that most businesses will reopen on Tuesday, but a 7 p.m-to-5 a.m. curfew will remain in place until June 15. All people will be required to wear a mask when outside or inside a business, regardless of what they are doing.

“Puerto Rico is facing a new way of life,” she said. “It’s the right time … We have flattened the curve.”

Many Puerto Ricans, including business owners, cheered the highly anticipated announcement. Health experts warned that the government has not tested enough people or conducted enough contact tracing and is not prepared for a possible spike in new infections.

Puerto Rico’s Health Department has reported more than 2,900 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 126 deaths, and dozens of additional infections still emerge every day. Officials do not regularly update statistics, including how many people have been tested or how many have recovered. Until recently, the island had a lower per-capita testing rate than any U.S. state.

Mónica Feliú-Mójer, spokeswoman for CienciaPR, a nonprofit group of Puerto Rican scientists who seek widespread testing, said she was concerned that the government’s data did not show that COVID-19 is under control.

Vázquez said the restricted reopenings will protect people but also provide desperately needed economic relief on an island hit by hurricanes and earthquakes. The resumption of some normal activities also comes as the government restructures some of its more than $70 billion public debt load after declaring the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history in 2015.

Restaurants will be allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Hair salons and barber shops will welcome clients by appointment only. People doing exercise, such as surfing, jogging, swimming or kayaking, will be allowed at the beach from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Stores and malls will be allowed to reopen but under limited capacity, and people will be prohibited from trying on clothes, among other restrictions.

“You will not be allowed to stroll the halls like before,” the governor said. “There will be lanes … We have to be disciplined.”

Businesses that will remain closed for now include gyms and movie theaters, and all arriving flights are limited to Puerto Rico’s main international airport.

Economist José Caraballo said that the lockdown, one of the strictest in any U.S. jurisdiction, has caused estimated economic losses ranging from $6 billion to $12 billion. The unemployment rate has spiked to an estimated 40% on an island of 3.2 million people with a poverty rate of more than 40%, higher than any U.S. state.

Unlike in the aftermath of hurricanes Maria and Irma and a recent string of earthquakes, Puerto Ricans cannot move to the U.S. mainland because of the pandemic, Caraballo said in a phone interview.

“They are desperate,” he said. “The usual escape valve, which was migration, is closed.”

Delays in the distribution of local and federal aid have also deepened the financial struggles of many Puerto Ricans affected by the natural disasters and the government’s ongoing bankruptcy-like process, which has led to austerity measures.

“The government’s inefficiency has caused the social crisis we have right now,” Caraballo said.

Public schoolchildren and those seeking pandemic unemployment assistance have been especially hurt by the pandemic.

The government kept school cafeterias shut for almost two months, opting to offload its food to nonprofits and a local food bank, where it quickly ran out. That forced some teachers to buy food for their students with their own money.

In addition, some 90,000 people applied for pandemic unemployment assistance when the funds became available on April 28, but an online system crashed. It was not until Thursday that the government said that the first 50,000 people began receiving payments. It’s unclear when the remaining applicants will receive the money.

Some business owners did not feel like celebrating much.

Hair stylist Anabel Fuentes said she lost up to $8,000 during the lockdown and now has to look for a more affordable place to rent since she cannot accept as many clients.

“The financial problems will persist, and might even worsen and lead to bankruptcy,” she said. “Nothing will be the same.”

Puede el nuevo coronavirus sobrevivir en mi celular?

Sí. Es por eso que los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades de Estados Unidos (CDC por sus siglas en inglés) recomiendan limpiar diariamente las superficies de “contacto constante”, como teléfonos, teclados y tabletas. Una prueba científica reveló que el virus puede vivir en el plástico o el acero inoxidable hasta por dos o tres días.

Para limpiar el teléfono, primero hay que apagarlo y desconectarlo de los cables. Las compañías tecnológicas señalan que se deben evitar filtraciones de cualquier tipo de líquido en el teléfono, por lo que no recomiendan el uso de una solución limpiadora ni rociar aerosol directamente.

Se puede limpiar cuidadosamente el equipo con toallas desinfectantes, como las de la marca Clorox o cualquiera que contenga 70% de alcohol. La compañía telefónica AT&T recomienda escurrir las toallas desinfectantes antes de usarlas para limpiar el teléfono. Las toallas de papel también sirven, si son rociadas con desinfectante.

Por su parte, Google sugiere limpiar el teléfono con un trozo de tela que haya sido sumergido en agua enjabonada.

San José. Las autoridades de Costa Rica anunciaron este jueves que se ha logrado secuenciar el genoma del coronavirus SARS CoV 2, que causa el Covid-19, lo que favorecerá el estudio de su comportamiento en el país y brindará información útil para posibles tratamientos y vacunas.

El trabajo estuvo a cargo del estatal Instituto Costarricense de Investigación y Enseñanza en Nutrición y Salud (Inciensa), que por primera vez en la historia del país consigue secuenciar el genoma de un virus humano, explicó en una videoconferencia de prensa la directora del instituto, Lissette Navas.

Por su parte, el coordinador del Laboratorio de Genoma del Inciensa, Francisco Duarte, dijo que “esto nos da ventajas en cuanto a salud pública” y que “conocer la secuencia ayuda a saber si el virus presenta mutaciones o cambios en el tiempo”.

Esta información también puede ser útil para desarrollar vacunas contra el virus, para conocer la dinámica y la diversidad de la población viral, las rutas de transmisión en el país, y para robustecer las capacidades de análisis para la red nacional de laboratorios. Otras ventajas son que se puede mejorar la calidad de los diagnósticos en el país y realizar la vigilancia genómica viral sin depender del envío de muestras a otros países.

El procedimiento se realizó a partir de seis muestras de pacientes diagnosticados como positivos. Dos de los genomas obtenidos se acercan a los genomas obtenidos de muestras analizadas en Estados Unidos y los otros cuatro se ubican dentro de los conglomerados constituidos por cepas de virus encontradas en diferentes partes del mundo, indicó el Inciensa.

Los resultados fueron sometidos a la plataforma Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (Gisad), que es utilizada de manera global, para compartir este tipo de información, por lo que está disponible para la comunidad científica mundial.

Este es uno de los trabajos a nivel científico que está desarrollando Costa Rica para hacer frente a la pandemia del Covid-19. Otros trabajos son el del Instituto Clodormiro Picado de la estatal Universidad de Costa Rica, que busca crear un suero a base de plasma de pacientes recuperados para el tratamiento de pacientes graves; así como una investigación que desarrolla el Centro Nacional de Innovaciones Biotecnológicas (CENIBIOT) con el fin de elaborar pruebas propias para la detección del virus.

Los datos oficiales del Ministerio de Salud indican que en Costa Rica, desde la aparición del primer caso en el país el pasado 6 de marzo, se han confirmado 719 casos positivos, de los cuales 6 han fallecido y 338 ya han sido declarados como recuperados.

En la actualidad hay 16 personas hospitalizadas, de las cuales 9 están en unidades de cuidados intensivos.

Costa Rica no ha ordenado una cuarentena generalizada, pero sí ha cerrado parcial o totalmente diversas actividades económicas. Desde mediados de marzo Costa Rica cerró sus fronteras al ingreso de extranjeros, suspendió el curso lectivo y eventos masivos, y además mantiene cerradas las playas, los parques, los parques nacionales, los bares, las discotecas y los casinos. Está vigente una restricción para la circulación de vehículos por franjas horarias y por número de placa.

Los restaurantes, tiendas y otros negocios pequeños pueden operar a un 50% de su aforo y con estrictas medidas de salud, mientras que los supermercados y las farmacias están abiertos pero con reglas higiénicas y para evitar la aglomeración.

La curva de casos activos viene en descenso, por lo que el Gobierno ha comenzado a permitir, con limitaciones, algunas actividades que estaban prohibidas como los gimnasios, centros de entrenamiento deportivo y los salones de belleza.

Sends Cease & Desist Notices to Two Companies Fraudulently Marketing Treatments

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today ordered two companies to immediately cease and desist selling and marketing products as a treatment or cure for the coronavirus. The first notice was sent to The Silver Edge company, which claims its Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator “beats coronavirus” and that there is “clinical documentation” to prove it. The second notice was sent to Dr. Sherrill Sellman, who has been marketing colloidal silver products as a cure for coronavirus and selling them on her website and on the Jim Bakker Show. There is currently no Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved vaccine to prevent the disease or treatment to cure it, and the World Health Organization has also said that there is no specific medicine to prevent or treat this disease.

“Falsely marketing products as a treatment for a serious disease and charging steep prices is deeply unethical and unlawful,” said Attorney General James. “We will continue to go after any company that attempts to deceive the public, especially during this public health crisis.”

Attorney General James recently ordered the Jim Bakker Show to stop marketing Dr. Sellman’s Silver Solution products as a treatment for coronavirus after claiming on television that they were proven to treat strains of the virus. The Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator — which retails for $249.95 — is currently sold out, suggesting that many individuals might believe the company’s deceptive marketing.

Beyond this fraud, both companies also tout the use of colloidal silver as the main ingredient in their products. According to the National Institutes of Health, colloidal silver can actually be dangerous to a person’s health, and the FDA has warned that colloidal silver is not safe or effective for treating any disease or condition. Countless scientific studies have also determined that there is no evidence to support the use of colloidal silver as a treatment for any disease or condition.

In addition to ordering the companies to immediately cease and desist these activities, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) also ordered Dr. Sellman to immediately affix a disclaimer on her website to make clear that her products have not been evaluated by the FDA and that none of her products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Attorney General James has also issued cease and desist notifications to multiple businesses in New York for charging excessive prices for hand sanitizers, disinfectant sprays, and rubbing alcohol — a violation of New York’s price gouging statute. That statute prohibits the sale of goods and services necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of consumers at unconscionably excessive prices during any abnormal disruption of the market.

The OAG continues to surveil and monitor businesses across the state for potential scams and price gouging schemes designed to exploit public concern related to the spread of the coronavirus. Scammers commonly exploit real public health concerns and use heightened public fear to prey on consumers and profit from frauds related to those health fears. If you believe you have been the victim of a scam or have witnessed potential price gouging, please report these incidents to the OAG.

New York’s governor announced Tuesday he is sending the National Guard into a New York City suburb to help fight what is believed to be the nation’s biggest cluster of coronavirus cases — one of the most dramatic actions yet to control the outbreak in the U.S.

The move came as health authorities contended with alarming concentrations of the disease on both sides of the country and scattered cases in between.

Schools, houses of worship and large gathering places will be shuttered for two weeks in a “containment area” centered in New Rochelle, and the troops will scrub surfaces and deliver food to the zone, which extends a mile in all directions from a point near a synagogue connected to some of the cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

“It is a dramatic action, but it is the largest cluster of cases in the country,” Cuomo said. “The numbers are going up unabated, and we do need a special public health strategy.”

New Rochelle is at the center of an outbreak of 108 cases in Westchester County, out of 173 identified statewide. New York City has 36 cases, while its population is more than 100 times that of New Rochelle.

In Oakland, California, meanwhile, thousands of increasingly bored and restless passengers aboard a cruise ship struck by the coronavirus waited their turn to get off the vessel and go to U.S. military bases or back to their home countries for two weeks of quarantine. In Washington state, where at least 19 deaths have been connected to a Seattle-area nursing home, Gov. Jay Inslee announced new rules for screening health care workers and limiting visitors.

“If we assume there are 1,000 or more people who have the virus today … the number of people who are infected will double in five to eight days,” he warned.

The virus has infected over 700 people in the U.S. and killed at least 27, with one state after another recording its first infections in quick succession. New Jersey recorded its first coronavirus death.

In California, passengers from the coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess were allowed off the vessel and walked to the bottom of a ramp, where masked officials in yellow protective gear and blue plastic gloves took their temperature and led them to a tent for more screening before they lined up to board a bus.

After days of being forced to idle off the Northern California coast, the ship docked Monday at Oakland with about 3,500 passengers and crew, including at least 21 who tested positive for the new virus.

“We’re trying to stay calm and were trying to stay positive, but it’s getting harder and harder. They can’t make up their minds how to keep us safe,” said passenger Beryl Ward, 77, of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The slow evacuation of the 951-foot (290-meter) ship began Monday with several hundred people let off the ship. About two dozen people who needed acute medical care were taken off first, though it was unclear how many of them were infected, California emergency authorities said. Also, more than 200 Canadians on board were flown to a military base in their country, Canadian officials said.

On the ship, about 2,000 passengers, including hundreds of Californians, were still aboard Tuesday morning..

Authorities said foreign passengers would be flown home, while U.S. passengers would be flown or bused to military bases in California, Texas and Georgia for testing and 14-day quarantines.

The Grand Princess ship had been held off the coast since last week because of evidence that it was the breeding ground for more than 20 infections tied to a previous voyage. Passengers were mostly confined to their cabins.

But Ward’s cabin mate, Carolyn Wright, 63, also of Santa Fe, said she looked out her cabin window as passengers lined up to depart and also saw people in yellow protective clothing, gloves and hazardous materials suits.

“They were queuing up the passengers like cattle,” Wright said. “Everybody was bunched up. They were physically touching each other and they were backed up along the gangplank.”

She added: “I’m just totally freaked out by that. It’s outrageous. If that’s safe, then why were we stuck in our rooms? It’s been stressed for the past five days that we’re not to have any contact with any other passengers?”

About 1,100 crew members, 19 of whom tested positive for the virus, will be quarantined and treated aboard the ship, which will dock elsewhere after passengers are unloaded, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. He and Oakland’s mayor sought to reassure people that no passengers would be exposed to the public before completing quarantine.

Another Princess ship, the Diamond Princess, was quarantined for two weeks in Yokohama, Japan, last month because of the virus. Ultimately, about 700 of the 3,700 people aboard became infected in what experts pronounced a public health failure.

Elsewhere around the country, the United Nations said it will close its headquarters in New York to the public and suspend all guided tours. On Wall Street, stocks climbed higher during the day, recouping some of their staggering losses from the day before,

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Most people recover in a matter of weeks, as has happened with three-quarters of those infected in mainland China.

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