Puerto Rico postpones classes due to COVID-19 surge

The governor of Puerto Rico stated that he will postpone the start of public schools by two weeks as the U.S. territories are struggling to cope with the 36% positive rate.

San Juan, Puerto Rico-The governor of Puerto Rico announced on Wednesday that he would postpone the start of public schools by two weeks and recommended that private schools do the same, as the US territories are struggling to cope with a 36% positive rate.

The public school year is scheduled to resume on January 24, and Governor Pedro Pierluisi emphasized that all people working in the education sector must receive the booster vaccine before January 15. In addition, schoolchildren 5 years and older must get their first dose at least before January 10.

Approximately 97% of teachers were vaccinated, but only 40% of teachers received booster doses. At the same time, more than 40% of children aged 5 to 11 were vaccinated.

Pierluisi said that special education therapy is scheduled to start on January 18.

This island of 3.3 million people has reported more than 201,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 3,300 deaths. Nearly 85% of people received the first dose and about 70% received the second dose, although officials urged people to get the booster dose, noting that less than 40% did so.