Economy Minister Juan Ariel Jiménez: R number is 1.2 to 1.4 in DR


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Feb 20, 2019

The crucial number that measures Covid-19 spread in a country has dropped to around half the global average. In the Dominican Republic the R number is 1.2 to 1.4, compared to global standard of 2.5, says Economy Minister Juan Ariel Jiménez. The R number measures the number of people that one infected person is likely to pass the virus on to, on average. It is calculated using the number of people dying, admitted to hospitals or testing positive and allows experts to estimate how easily the virus is spreading.

In an interview with Nuria Piera on Channel 9 on Saturday, 23 May 2020, Jimenez explained the plateauing of the R number was one of the main reasons the High Commission for Prevention of Coronavirus in the Dominican Republic ordered on 20 May 2020 the start of phases to reopen the economy. He explained health considerations prevailed before economic reasons for the...
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