President Abinader lifts pandemic mask mandate
The president of the Dominican Republic Luis Abinader announced to his country this Wednesday night, February 16, 2022, that all the restrictive measures imposed for the Covid-19 Pandemic are lifted, and that from now on we will all have to take care of ourselves, responsibly, but without restrictions.
“Measures such as the use of the mask, the need to present the vaccination card to access all places and restrictions in public spaces today are the individual responsibility of each and every one of us. After this long battle, we began to recover our freedom,” said the president.
He said that the country deserves and needs an emotional recovery and to leave behind the measures that had to be imposed for a time that is now passing.
The Dominican President offered this information through a speech addressed to the entire nation transmitted by different media outlets in the country, in which he also announced that he will guarantee that the population will continue to be voluntarily invited to be vaccinated and continue to guarantee full access to the vaccine for all and in all circumstances.
“We will continue to monitor and observe the situation. The country can also be sure that, unlike in the past, today our health system is prepared to deal with any eventuality,” President Abinader assured.
Abinader affirmed that the government did what it had to do to protect the people “and time has proven us right in our actions against the pandemic. We put ourselves at the forefront, we bet on contracting the widest variety of vaccines, we applied innovative treatments, and we were among the first in the world to propose a third dose, despite the little faith of a few”.
The head of state thanked the doctors, nurses, and all health personnel, the military and the police, and businessmen who provide human and economic resources for the cause.
“Thanks, above all, to the millions of Dominicans who complied with the measures and went to get vaccinated. Thanks to all this, we have overcome the worst of the pandemic: today the daily infections and those of the last four weeks are in sharp decline, we have one of the lowest mortality rates in the world and a very low hospital occupancy, ”said the Dominican president.