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Sat Apr 11, 2020, 06:31 PM

Are Puerto Rico's COVID-19 Restrictions "Dictatorial"?

Puerto Rico has seen 24 deaths from the coronavirus, as of this writing, and 620 confirmed cases. This is fewer than many states with similar populations. For example, Arkansas has 1,000 cases, Iowa has 1049, Utah has 1738, and Nevada has 2216.

One reason that Puerto Rico has fewer cases of COVID-19 than states with similar populations is that Governor Wanda Velazquez Garced implemented strong restrictions early in the epidemic: nonessential businesses closed and residents — including tourists – subject to curfews. People arriving in Puerto Rico must go into quarantine immediately, and visitors are being turned away. People must wear face masks when entering a business.

It is difficult to make decisions like these, especially when people are already worried about the economy. Of the states with similar populations listed above, three — Arkansas, Iowa, and Utah — are among the handful of states which have refused to issue stay-at-home orders.

New rulings are shutting down even more venues over the Easter holiday, and also laying out penalties for spreading “false information with the intention of creating confusion, panic, or public hysteria, with regards to any proclamation or executive order declaring an emergency, disaster or curfew.”

Read more: https://www.puertoricoreport.com/are-puerto-ricos-covid-19-restrictions-dictatorial/#.XpJEwWHPzIU

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Sat Apr 11, 2020, 06:35 PM

1. Dictatorial, Sir, Is Not Always A Bad Thing

The original Roman usage was a chief official elected to a term of one hundred days to deal with a specific emergency, during which a great many laws were suspended to enable him to act with quick decision for the common good.

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