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The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #243 reports 494 new PCR confirmed cases. The 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases is now at 509 tests.

3,221 first PCR tests were carried out in time for the 16 November report deadline. The 14-day average is 3,569 tests. President Abinader announced on 16 November that the country has the capacity to process 10,000 PCR tests a day and is not doing so because the demand has not been there.

The 4-week positivity rate is up slightly to 10.19%, while the 24-hour positivity is 15.34%. The number of reported active cases has risen slightly to 21,646.

Regardless, the Ministry of Public Health Covid-19 team has been reporting a marked decline in demand for tests for the past month. The government has made available more fixed stations for testing and expanded services at public hospitals...

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