More than two months after the emergency began, the Health Secretary, Lorenzo González, anticipated this Thursday that the agency is evaluating proceeding legally against COVID-19 patients who violate the quarantine.
The determination comes after the agency learned of several people positive for the virus who attended activities that crowd large numbers of people knowing that they are carriers of the disease.
“That tells you a situation in terms of social responsibility, that is the part that we are talking about with the legal aspects here in the Department of Health to see the course of action to take. It is definitely not acceptable, ”he said.RELATED
Asked if the government really has the legal capacity to go against positive cases that break the quarantine, González said that “of course it is.”
The executive order signed by Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced on May 21 to contain the spread of COVID-19 orders anyone who has tested positive or suspected of being exposed to the virus to remain in isolation for 14 days.
“The foregoing implies that the person must remain strictly in his residence and restrict his movements outside it to avoid the risk of contagion within the community,” reads the order.
The document establishes that in the event of noncompliance with some of the provisions of the order, a person could face up to six months in prison or a fine of up to $ 5,000.
González acknowledged that some of the activities that the agency recently identified as sources of common infections are funerals and birthday celebrations.
“Any crowded area without the necessary precautions is a focus of contagion and it has been said categorically that we have not stopped the situation of physical and social distancing and the use of masks is mandatory,” he stressed.
The executive order also prohibits home gatherings “to conduct gatherings, gatherings, parties, or any activity not permitted” in the document.
On the other hand, with the current order, funerals can be carried out with a minimum of 10 people gathered in a funeral home from a maximum of two hours before the funeral.