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The 4-week positivity continues to drop and is now at 4.20%, with the 24-hour positivity at 16.81% for Covid-19 Bulletin #921 dated 25 September 2022.

The number of Covid-19 cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #921 was 104. The seven-day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) is at 167. The number of active cases is now at 639 and 724 for the seven-day average.

Except in hospitals, every day less people wear facial masks in the Dominican Republic. Nevertheless, in recent days, given a known common cold that is getting around, more people have been resorting back to their face masks as a preventive measure here to stay.

As per Bulletin #921, with the deadline of 25 September 2022, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 645,628 PCR or antigen-confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020.

As of the 25 September 2022 deadline, 4,384 persons are reported to have died...

26 September 2022

The Civil Aviation Board (JAC) is giving airlines 45 days to update their computers systems and stop charging Dominican citizens and legal foreign residents in the DR the US$10 tourist card for entry into the country. At present, all travelers must pay for the US$10 tourist card. Dominicans and residents were required to request a reimbursement, but the procedure was tedious and used by very few.

The Civil Aviation Board issued Resolution 217-2022 instructing the airlines to make adjustments in their computer systems to eliminate the charge on airline tickets to Dominicans and Dominican legal foreign residents.

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As the nation celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy, the Patroness of the Dominican Republic on 24 September 2022, thousands of people were still without electricity and housing. As the numbers keep pouring in, it is evident that the government has a lot of work to do. At one point, the director of the Center for Emergency Operations (COE), retired major general Juan Mendez, reported that over 80,000 persons were without electricity and that Hurricane Fiona had heavily damaged over 8,000 houses as it passed over the eastern part of the country.

The Presidency declared eight provinces in state of emergency — La Altagracia, El Seibo, Hato Mayor, Samana, María Trinidad Sanchez, La Romana, Duarte, and Monte Plata. The declaration expedites government purchasing for damage assistance.

The Chamber of Deputies is now requesting La Vega, Santiago and San Pedro de...

The Brujuelas river flooded a large area around the town of Guerra. What is newsworthy, is that this river is mostly underground from its origin in Los Haitises in the Northeast all the way to Boca Chica in southcentral Santo Domingo province. The river waters come to the surface briefly in Bayaguana and Monte Plata, but go underground again as the river passes through Guerra and the small surrounding villages.

The freshwater from the river is pumped into tanks in Guerra, where small business people raise fish, mostly Tilapia, for sale in the markets in Santo Domingo and San Pedro de Macoris.

With the onslaught of the rains from Fiona, the river pushed to the surface and washed away millions of pesos in fish, destroying the local businesses.

With fish flowing in the streets of Guerra, the people rushed to gather them up for home cooking...

As the damage reports began to appear, several important entities have announced their monetary assistance to those persons affected by Hurricane Fiona that hit the eastern side of the Dominican Republic on Monday, 19 September 2022. The government’s Banco de Reservas announced it will disburse RD$100 million through the Banreservas Volunteers. The funds would cover donations of medicines, food, construction materials, home repairs and other necessities.

The Banreservas Volunteers were reported distributing construction materials in the Miches area, where the government commercial bank has provided millions in loans for the construction of resorts.

Businessman Juan Bautista Vicini Lluberes, possibly the wealthiest person in the country, announced a donation of RD$50 million to be purchased to Ochoa Hardware stores.

So far, newspaper reports of donations of over RD$246...

New York Senator Luis Sepulveda announced that US Mayor Eric Adams will visit the Dominican Republic on Monday, 26 September 2022 to see the damages by himself and offer his personal support to the victims of Hurricane Fiona in the Dominican Republic. It was originally said that the mayor would send a team to offer New York City assistance.

Sepulveda is the New York Senator from the 32nd Senate District, which includes parts of the Bronx.

As reported, Senator Sepulveda has been at the center of the agenda to get the New York executive involved in the hurricane relief efforts.

Adams is scheduled to first travel to Puerto Rico and then to the Dominican Republic.

Dominicans are the largest Latino group living in New York City, with upwards of 700,000 residents having direct roots in the the Dominican Republic in addition to many more in Puerto Rico.

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Central Romana Corporation, the operator of the largest sugar mill in the Caribbean and Casa de Campo residential and tourism complex, reports the power and clearing of debris to restore the La Romana activities have enabled the fast return to normalcy at the complex. Central Romana says that within 24 hours of the passing of the storm, most situations were resolved. The Central Romana Corporation says that the efforts have included repairing roofs for employees living in rural areas that were affected by the storm.

Punta Cana International Airport reports that the surveillance cameras video recently enabled the detection of passenger fraud.

Different news programs have recently carried a video of an attempted drug contraband at the airport that is likely to be the case now referred to by the official Punta Cana International Airport notice.

The Punta Cana Airport published the notice stressing that high-tech security systems at the airport follow international aviation best practices. The Airport stated in the notice that the company had released to Dominican authorities the surveillance video showing the recent scam for proceedings. Around 30 million luggage pieces pass through the Punta Cana International Airport every year, says the airport notice.

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The Hospital San Lorenzo de los Mina reported the birth of Siamese twins babies on 22 September 2022 to a 25-year old mother. The male infants were born united by the chest and abdomen. The babies share one liver, stomach, have four upper limbs and two lower limbs. They have independent brains and hearts.

The babies were identified early on by ultrasound. A team of physicians and psychologists was assigned to the case, including doctors Alexandra Pérez Medrano, Bianchi Duarte, Rosario, Aslhey Abreu and Jennifer Rosado, coordinated by Dr. Dafne Sánchez.

“Dr. Leonardo Aquino Rosario, director of the public maternity hospital, said there have been other cases of Siamese twins at the hospital.

Haitian resident in the Dominican Republic, Rony Saint-Vil is the first person to twice win the Leidsa lotto.

On 3 April 2021, he had won a prize of RD$29 million with the winning numbers 2-13-19-22-25-31.

And then on 24 August 2022, he won a second prize, this time of RD$19 million. Saint-Vil purchased the ticket for the most recent win at the Colmado Villalona Sanchez in Los Farrallones, Santo Domingo East. The winning numbers were 05-16-22-28-36-38. He received the cash prize on 21 September 2022.

Saint-Vil says he used the first cash prize to expand his sewing workshop and increase the fleet of cabs he has invested in. He currently owns four. He said he also used the first prize to purchase a home for his family.

The lotto company, Leidsa says it is the first time in the 25 years of the draws that a person repeats a prize. Leidsa has carried out 404 draws...

The Dominican Republic’s very powerful volleyball team, nicknamed the Queens of the Caribbean, won its first match at the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship taking place in the Netherlands and Poland.

In the DR senior women volleyball team’s first match, the team defeated Korea 25-19, 25-12, and 25-15, playing in Arnhem, Netherlands. Spikers Gaila Gonzalez and Yonkaira Peña both hit double figures, and Geraldine Gonzalez was a literal wall on the defense. The Dominican gals out blocked Korea 13-4, and this was a key factor in the victory.

24 teams are participating in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship from 23 September to 15 October 2022. The teams are divided in four pools of six teams each. The DR is playing in Pool B against Korea, Turkey, Poland, Thailand and Croatia.

On Tuesday, the Dominican team will next be in Gdansk...

There is probably not a single Dominican who does not know that Albert Pujols, the 42-year old slugger who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals, is now a member of the most exclusive club in Major League Baseball— the 700 home run club. In one of the last days of the season, his 22nd in MLB, Pujols entered the game just two home runs shy of that magic 700 mark in the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Righthander Phill Bickford was the last of the 455 pitchers who served up the big pitch to Pujols.

Only three other players have ever reached that level: Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.

Pujols hit two home runs in that game in Los Angeles, California on 24 September 2022 to join the club and assure his already highly likely entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Pujols and Aaron are the only two who did this feat and also had over 3,000...

Dancers from eight countries are participating in the 16th International Contemporary Dance Festival (Edanco) taking place from Sunday, 25 September to 9 October 2022. Edmundo Poy organizes the event. He is also the director of the National Contemporary Dance Company.

Every year the dance festival invites international dancers to share with local dancers their knowledge of different styles and aesthetic innovations in the rich and diverse world of contemporary dance.

This year guest performers have come from Spain, Poland, Costa Rica, the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Cuba. Dominican contemporary dance groups are also performing.

The venues are the Máximo Avilés Blonda Hall of the Palace of Fine Arts, the Manuel Rueda Hall of the National Music Conservatory, the APEC University auditorium, the National School of Dance, the National Gallery of Fine...

DR1 News is discontinuing its comprehensive updates on Covid-19 now that the 4-week positivity has dropped under 5%. The 24-hour positivity was 14.23% and the 4-week positivity rate is 4.30%, continuing on the downward trend.

The number of Covid-19 cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #920 dated Wednesday, 24 September 2022 was 104. The seven-day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) has dropped to 158. The number of active cases is now at 540 and 758 for the seven-day average.

Except in hospitals, every day less people wear facial masks in the Dominican Republic. Nevertheless, in recent days, given a known common cold that is getting around, more people have been resorting back to their face masks as a preventive measure here to stay.

As per Bulletin #920, with the deadline of 24 September 2022, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 645,473 PCR or antigen-confirmed cases...

DR1 News is discontinuing its comprehensive updates on Covid-19 now that the 4-week positivity has dropped under 5%. The Ministry of Public Health alerts to a round of influenza making the rounds in the Dominican Republic.

The Ministry is now urging people to act to prevent salmonellosis, leptospirosis, Escherichia coli, that especially may affect those who have been exposed to puddles and other sources of contaminated water brought by Hurricane Fiona. Public Health Minister is also urging people take care to avoid breeding mosquitos that bring dengue and that make sure they are drinking potable water to avoid stomach problems.

The number of Covid-19 cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #917 dated Wednesday, 21 September 2022 was 115. The seven day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) has dropped to 223, down from 260 on the previous day. The number of active cases is now at 616...

DR1 News is discontinuing its comprehensive updates on Covid-19 now that the 4-week positivity has dropped under 5%. The Ministry of Public Health alerts to a round of influenza making the rounds in the Dominican Republic. The Ministry also

The number of Covid-19 cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #917 dated Wednesday, 21 September 2022 was 115. The seven day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) has dropped to 223, down from 260 on the previous day. The number of active cases is now at 616, down from 1,032 on the previous day, and 866 for the seven-day average.

The 24-hour positivity was 20.83%, down from the day before. The 4-week positivity rate is 4.80% down from 5.06% on the day before.

Except in hospitals, every day less people wear facial masks in the Dominican Republic. Nevertheless, in recent days, given a known common cold that is getting around, more people have been...

The general manager of Empresa Distribuidora de Electricidad del Este (Edeeste), engineer Andrés Portes said that 15% of the power in Higuey, the capital of La Altagracia province had been restored 24 hours after the hard hit of the city by Hurricane Fiona on Monday, 19 September 2022. Portes had hopes the city would have 60% of its services supplying power by the end of Wednesday.

Moreso, Portes said that power had been restored 90% in Hato Mayor, 90% in El Seibo, 80% in Sabana de la Mar, 95% in San Pedro de Macorís and 60% in La Romana as of Wednesday, 21 September in the afternoon.

“We, the companies of the Dominican electrical system, the EDES, among others, are working in a unified manner with all efforts focused on the eastern provinces,” said Portes.

He appealed to the solidarity of the people, and called for understanding that the power utility...

22 September 2022

Diario Libre reports that resorts and hotels in the Bayahibe and Dominicus area closed after the passing of Hurricane Fiona. The hotels are under repair and excursions to Saona island, the main source of income to the businesses in the beach town of Bayahibe, have been temporarily discontinued. More than 5,000 tourists per day normally visit Bayahibe to take the boat excursions to Saona island.

Power service in Casa de Campo has been fully restored, but service in the city of La Romana is being gradually restored.

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Intense efforts by Ministry of Public Works crews have reopened most of the roads obstructed by trees and debris during Hurricane Fiona on Monday, 19 September 2022. Traffic was fully restored on Duarte Highway that connects the South and the North less than 24 hours after the storm.

The Ministry of Public Works says that roads affected by Hurricane Fiona in the northeastern region have been cleared so that aid can reach those in need and for restoration efforts to continue as needed.

Vehicular traffic to the touristic areas of Las Terrenas and Portillo on the northeast coast had been cut off, but was being restored on Wednesday, 21 September by the brigades using chainsaws and other heavy equipment to reopen the roads on the same Wednesday.

Roberto Herrera, deputy minister of Supervision and Control of Public Works, said that he made a supervisory tour of...

22 September 2022

After an intense two-day clean-up operation, the Samana vacation town of Las Terrenas is gradually returning to normalcy, reports Diario Libre. Debris, hundreds of downed trees and light poles are being promptly removed. Tourists on flour wheels, motorcycle taxis and walking the streets are back in the beach town, reports the newspaper. The collected debris now needs to be picked up by the town government authorities. The newspaper reporter said the people were hopeful power would be restored on Thursday, 22 September 2022 by the latest.

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A baby couldn’t wait and was born as the mother tried to make it by boat to the hospital in San Pedro de Macoris. The roads in her community in El Seibo were obstructed by debris brought by Hurricane Fiona on Monday, 19 September 2022 and she tried to get to the hospital by boat in the Ramon Santana municipality. The municipality was at the time cut off due to the flooding of the Soco River.

According to a video circulating on social networks, after the birth, the 21-year old woman arrived at the shore aboard the boat where the birth took place with the assistance of paramedics.

Media reports are that both mom and the paramedics received a warm round of applause and tokens of affection from the onlookers.

Haiti cannot wait any longer, Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez told the 77th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations on 21 September 2022 when commenting on the spiraling out of control of the multidimensional crisis in Haiti. Alvarez spoke for President Luis Abinader, when the later cancelled his participation to be present to lead the Hurricane Fiona recovery efforts in eastern Dominican Republic.

Speaking at the 77th session in New York, Alvarez advocated for a greater role of the General Assembly. Alvarez said the Dominican Republic firmly supports what UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in an interview on French television on 18 September 2022 when he remarked it was vital to deal with security in Haiti. Guterres made the point that until assistance to the Haitian National Police capacity is strengthened, there needs to be a robust...

22 September 2022

Rising stream waters due to Hurricane Fiona rains brought to the open what people in the area knew: that a family in Cenoví (El Mamey), Duarte province was keeping a pet cocodrile. The cocodrile lived in a lagoon in the back of the family home.

The cocodrile was rescued and sent to the Santo Domingo Zoo.

The Duarte provincial director of the Ministry of Environment, Carmelo Polanco told Diario Libre that the owners of the house where the crocodile lived did not have authorization to keep the crocodile.

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A 25-floor and 189 apartment complex is going up on the lot of single family home on Federico Geraldino street corner David Ben Gurion Street, a block from the Av. Abraham Lincoln in the Polígono Central, the bustling commercial and residential center of the capital city.

The Polígono Central neighborhood boards of Julieta Yolanda Morales, Piantini, Naco and Jardines del Paraiso have expressed their solidarity with the legal efforts of the neighbors of the Parkside Tower. As reported in Diario Libre on 22 September 2022, the neighborhood groups reiterate their call to the City Council of the National District to ensure that the project complies with current regulations and reconsider its density and height to conform to the laws and the reality of a very busy corner. The neighborhood groups express their concern, already submitted to the National District Council, that the Parkside...

The Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) is encouraging mothers to resume the polio vaccination schedule. Polio vaccinating had been discontinued with the eradication of the disease in the Dominican Republic, but with new cases in the Americas region, medics now again encourage mothers to retake the vaccinating of their children.

“The threat of polio reintroduction in the region is real,” said Andres de Francisco, PAHO’s director of Family, Health Promotion and Life Course. “We cannot go backwards. Avoiding cases of polio depends on having a highly vaccinated child population and strong surveillance of the disease,” he added.

Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by poliovirus. The virus, which is transmitted mainly through contact with infected feces, can affect the nervous system and cause paralysis of the legs or arms. In 1975, before widespread immunization...

26-year old Chantal Silliman from Santiago became on 10 September 2022 the first Dominican married woman to compete in a Miss Dominican Republic pageant.

She is the first Dominican to represent Santiago after the organizers of the pageant relaxedthe rules that did not allowed the participation of married women.

Silliman won the right to compete to represent the Dominican Republic in the Miss Universe pageant in 2023. She has two sons, 6 and 4 years old. Her husband and two children were the first to go up on stage to congratulate her upon her win on 10 September.

Silliman studies interior design at Infotep. She is otherwise a full time mom and wife.

Emelyn Baldera, the president of the Dominican Association of Entertainment Writers (Acroarte) says that Acroarte and the sponsor of the Premios Soberano, the Cervecería Nacional Dominicana (Presidente Beer manufacturer), are still working out how the awards ceremony should evolve. She explained the awards ceremony is 40 years old and needs to adapt to the new times. She said that this 2022 there will not be an awards ceremony and thus the 2021 and 2022 awards will be unified in the event scheduled for a date to be announced in 2023, as reported in Diario Libre.

Bethania Ortega, spokesperson for the CND said that an agreement was reached with Acroarte but that definitely there is no time to organize the awards ceremony for this year. The date is to be announced.

An editorial in Diario Libre translates the agreement differently and says the parties are still working out an...

The number of Covid-19 cases for Bulletin #916 was 250, up from 211 on the previous day. The seven day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) has dropped to 250. The number of active cases is now at 1,149, up from 1,032 on the previous day, and 883 for the seven-day average.

The 24-hour positivity was 18.87%, down from the day before. The 4-week positivity rate is 5.07%, up from the day before.

The Ministry of Public Health recommends getting the third and fourth booster vaccines. The third booster is recommended for children from 12 years now that there have been outbreaks in private and public schools.

The fourth booster is available for those 18 years and older. The fourth booster can be applied four months after the third booster. It is recommended especially for those over 50 years of age and those with depressed immune systems.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for these boosters...

Education Minister Angel Hernandez says that President Luis Abinader will be present for the symbolic start of school on Wednesday, 21 September 2022 at the Cosme Manuel Jiménez High School in La Javilla, La Victoria, Santo Domingo province.

The Ministry of Education had confirmed the start of the 2022-2023 school year was on schedule for Wednesday, 21 September 2022 where conditions permit. Minister Angel Hernandez says that 21 schools housing 462 storm evacuees will not reopen because they are being used to house persons evacuated due to Hurricane Fiona. These school-shelters are mostly located in eastern provinces.

Hernandez says for the children to start classes, the families need to wait for the emergency organizations to relocate the people.

Some of the worst off provinces are Hato Mayor with 96 evacuees in four schools, Samana with 87 evacuees in six schools, and Maria...

President Luis Abinader traveled east to visit El Seibo, Hato Mayor and La Altagracia (Higuey), the three provinces most affected by the passing of Hurricane Fiona. Several rivers flooded, and damages were compounded by intense winds and heavy rains brought by the category 1 storm that made landfall on Monday, 19 September 2022.

Government social programs are providing hot meals, materials for housing repairs and donation of appliances and furnishings for the most affected.

The President announced that the road to Miches in El Seibo was restored in 24 hours due to intense work by Ministry of Public Works crews. Miches is the site of a new touristic development; three resorts in the area (Temptation and Club Med brands) were affected by the storm and are under major clean-up operations. Around 300 mm of rain fell in the area, the most concentration of...

President Luis Abinader cancelled his participation in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly to attend to disaster relief efforts in the Dominican Republic. President Abinader was scheduled to speak on Wednesday, 21 September in the afternoon during the General Assembly.

Foreign Relations Minister Roberto Alvarez is carrying on with the Dominican commitments during the annual international conclave.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations reports on meetings of the Alliance for Development in Democracy (ADD) and the United States participants in the UN meeting in New York. ADD was created last year when the Presidents of Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic met for the 76th UN General Assembly.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations reports that the Dominican Republic participated in an important ADD meeting with US Secretary of State...

21 September 2022

The Tax Agency (DGII) is giving taxpayers through Wednesday, 21 September 2022 to pay the Transfer of Industrialized Goods and Services (ITBIS) tax due for August 2022. The taxes were due on Tuesday, 20 September 2022. The DGII announced on its Twitter feed that those paying on Wednesday will not have to pay the late penalty.

The extension is granted due to Hurricane Fiona. The Executive Branch had decreed on Sunday, 18 September 2022 that Monday, 19 September would be a non-working day due to the passage of Hurricane Fiona. Fiona would make landfall in the Dominican Republic eastern region around 3:30am on Monday and cause major damages nationwide. It left Dominican coasts around 2pm in the afternoon.

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A first day after the passing of Hurricane Fiona through Higuey on Monday, 19 September 2022, power had only been restored to 20% of the population in the largest city in the eastern provinces. President Luis Abinader shared that it could take nine days for the government distributor, EdeEste to fully restore power in the La Altagracia province capital city.

President Abinader shared that the transmission line located in La Romana was affected by the storm. He said that gradually power service would be restored in La Romana, Hato Mayor and El Seibo provinces.

President Abinader announced that the central government would be making cash injections to city governments in the eastern provinces so these could act to mitigate the effects of the hurricane.

President Abinader said he had reports that 90% of the hotels in the Punta Cana area continue offering guest...

The Ministry of Public Health has set up mobile hospitals on the grounds of the La Altagracia Basilica in Higuey. The Ministry of Public Health installed the tents to offer health services to population affected by Hurricane Fiona in La Altagracia. Doctors are attending for general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, mental health consultations. Covid-19 tests, vaccinations and more is available for free.

Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera told the population that now is the time to focus on preventing salmonellosis, leptospirosis, Escherichia coli, that especially may affect those who have been exposed to puddles and other sources of contaminated water. He urged people to seek treatment early to avoid these diseases. He also called for people to prevent dengue. He said gastroenteritis is a common disease affecting those in shelters. He urged people to be...

The Puerto Plata Aqueduct and Sewer Corporation (Coraaplata) reported that the water system was shut down as a preventive measure leaving thousands without water in the city.

“When there are breakdowns or river floods=ing, the service is suspended to avoid that sedimentation damage the system,” explained Antonio Heredia, communications director of Coraaplata.

Likewise, several power circuits are damaged after the winds knocked down trees that affected the electric power lines. The power outages are affecting many city center residences and businesses, Diario Libre reports.

Since the early hours of Tuesday, 20 September 2022, technicians of Empresa Distribuidora de Electricidad del Norte (Edenorte) have been working to reestablish the service.

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Samana was hard hit as Hurricane Fiona hugged the northeastern coastline before exiting the Dominican Republic. Trees still clog up many roads and power lines are downed, with Internet connections affected. Crews are at work to restore communication in the province.

The Civil Defense of Samaná told Listin Diario that after the passing of the storm on Monday, 19 September 2022 in the afternoon, 47 people sought refuge in shelters and may have to stay for several days before their houses were seriously affected.

According to the list of the Civil Defense several public schools were turned into shelters for those affected by the storm. These are the El Caimito School with 10, Escuela Básica Leopoldo Coplin with five, El francés, four; Escuela Básica La Lometa about 32 and the Andrea de Pena School with three people.

Farming in the area was devasted. Early...

The Dominican Republic reports two casualties for Hurricane Fiona. Both are of persons that were outdoors when the storm was happening and were fatally injured.

18-year old Auriely Esther Jiménez is the latest known victim of the storm. She was mortally injured by a falling power pole during Hurricane Fiona in the municipality of Higuey, La Altagracia province. News reports say the power pole fell on her when she was commuting on a motorcycle to the community of Santana. Jimenez had been the valedictorian at her high school commencement and had won a scholarship to study medicine at the Universidad Central del Este (UCE) in San Pedro de Macoris.

The other fatality due to Fiona was a 68-year old Isidro Quiñones in San José de Matanzas, municipality of Nagua in northeastern María Trinidad Sanchez province.

Both deaths were confirmed on Tuesday, 20 September 20...

The plenary of the Chamber of Accounts gathered to announce they are working to strengthen their role as the auditor of public funds. Following denunciation of labor harassment by two female employees against the president of the Chamber of Accounts, Janel Ramirez Sanchez, the plenary made up by Janel Andrés Ramírez Sánchez, president; Elsa María Castaño Ramírez, vice president; Tomasina Tolentino de Mckenzie, secretary of the board of directors, and members Mario Arturo Fernández Burgos and Elsa Peña Peña, pledged to work together for institutional strengthening and continuous improvement for the benefit of this government entity and the country.

“We reaffirm our commitment to the Constitution, the laws and the norms that govern all the actions of the officials responsible for administering public resources, aware of the responsibility delegated to us and to continue working in...

21 September 2022

With the experience of Hurricane Fiona fresh in the mind, Dominicans are closely following the development of a tropical depression as it moves across the Atlantic Ocean. Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become Tropical Storm Hermine. The storm is moving at 25 km/h and is on a track to pass south of St. Lucia.

Metereologist Jean Suriel tweets the storm could be south of the Dominican Republic by this coming Friday or Saturday.

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Playa Hotels & Resorts, the Hyatt Corporation division, announced the temporary shut down for guest stays at the Sanctuary Cap Cana, Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva in Cap Cana through Friday, 23 September 2022. The hotels are located on the southern side of Punta Cana, closest to where Hurricane Fiona entered on Monday, 19 September.

Major clean-up operations are underway after the hotels suffered damages during Hurricane Fiona on Monday, 19 September. Tourists that would have been staying at the hotels have been relocated to hotels in the partner companies of AMResorts.

21 September 2022

21 September 2022

The National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) announced the arrest of a person accused of ties to a drug trafficking network and violation of Drugs and Controlled Substances Law 50-88.

National Drug Control Agency (DNCD) agents and members of the Public Prosecutor’s Office arrested Sauri Martinez Castro linked to the seizure of 50 packages of cocaine at the Punta Cana International Airport. An arrest warrant had been issued by a Punta Cana area judge.

According to the investigation carried out by the DNCD, Martinez Castro would be part of the network that tried to send from Punta Cana International to Brussels.

The DNCD says three other persons were arrested as the investigation continues.

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Marc Anthony, the Puerto Rican superstar, is going ahead with his Marc Anthony Viviendo Tour at the Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo. The National District (Santo Domingo) was of the least impacted by Hurricane Fiona. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, 22 September 2022 at 8pm. Tickets are for sale online at Tu Boleta.

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21 September 2022

La Cage aux Folles is booked for the main hall of the National Theater in Santo Domingo at the National Theater. Primera Memoria Producciones & Films purchased the rights for the Broadway musical that many in Santo Domingo already saw on TV or in the movies as “The Birdcage”.

Carlos Espinal is the leading actor and musical director; Cecilia García has a leading role and is the artistic producer.

Others on the cast are: José Lora (Checho) in his leading role as George, Raeldo López as Jaycob, Richard Douglas as Mr. Din Don, Ana Rivas as Mrs. Din Don, Sabrina Gómez as Hanna, as well as Miguel Lendor (Papachin), JJ Sánchez, Mario Arturo, Laura Isabel Fernández, Julian Bocquier, Frank Salazar, Edwin Rivera and Vanessa Cucurrullo, among others.

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The number of Covid-19 cases for Bulletin #915 was 211. The seven day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) has dropped to 260.

The number of active cases is now at 1,032, up from 882 on the previous day, and 917 for the seven-day average.

The 24-hour positivity was 21.89%, down from the day before. The 4-week positivity rate is 5.06%, down from the day before.

The Ministry of Public Health recommends getting the third and fourth booster vaccines. The third booster is recommended for children from 12 years now that there have been outbreaks in private and public schools.

The fourth booster is available for those 18 years and older. The fourth booster can be applied four months after the third booster. It is recommended especially for those over 50 years of age and those with depressed immune systems.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for these boosters, but those who do not qualify...

Reports are that Santo Domingo, Boca Chica, Juan Dolio suffered minor damages due to the passing of Hurricane Fiona. In La Romana damages were primarily to landscape and clean up and repair operations, where necessary, are underway.

This means that tourists in the Punta Cana and Samana areas should consider taking tours to cultural activities in Santo Domingo and La Romana while resort crews fully restore the properties.

Santo Domingo offers multiple attractions in its Colonial City, numerous museums, shopping, restaurants are highly rated, and night life continues. Blue skies are already showing in the capital city.

Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer of Hyatt Hotels announced he will assume the leadership at Apple Leisure Group effective 1 October 2022.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that to support Hoplamazian, Ray Snisky, Group President ALG Vacations, will be taking on additional responsibilities related to the business coordination and other operational matters, also effective 1 October 2022. Hyatt Hotels Corporation purchased ALG in 2021.

In Punta Cana, Hyatt operates the Hyatt Ziva for families (with children waterparks) and the Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana (adults only) in Cap Cana, in southern Punta Cana.

The holding company also operates AMResorts with several resorts in Punta Cana, La Romana and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. These include: Secrets Cap Cana, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana, Dreams Dominicus La Romana, Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana, Dreams...

Minister of Tourism David Collado announced that Dominican beaches in the eastern and southern regions are again open for recreational activities. The Ministry had ordered on Sunday, 18 September 2022 that beaches nationwide be off limits to human use for the passing of Hurricane Fiona on Monday, 19 September.

Tourism Minister Collado also tweeted that for the most part, the National Hotels & Tourism Association (Asonahores) reports that damages to hotel property were mostly in landscaping and areas that do not merit the closing of the hotels. Crews are at work to restore regular activities at the properties.

Donations are being coordinated to help the staff at the hotels whose own dwellings would have been affected. Thousands of those who work in Punta Cana live in Higuey, probably the most affected city by the storm.

Tourists who come are welcome to bring...

Diario Libre has been covering the plight of residents in the Poligono Central who object to increases in city density with the construction of major high rises in already congested areas. The director of City Planning, Mayobanex Suazo has defended the construction of the Parkside Towers on Federico Geraldino Street near Abraham Lincoln. Suazo says that the project meets the requirements of city planning directives.

But, National District Councilman Mario Sosa says the statements from the Mayor’s Office of the National District regarding the Parkside project do not correspond to reality. The mayor’s office says that the aforementioned construction is supported by the city’s Land Use Plan, which the young alderman denies.

Sosa explained that the Mayor’s Office alludes to the Land Management Plan to justify its violation of the resolution in effect for the Polígono Central # 94-98...

Greater Santo Domingo was hardly affected by Hurricane Fiona. Activities are expected to promptly return to normal.

Otherwise, President Abinader has said Hurricane Fiona brought the heavies losses to the eastern provinces of La Altagracia and El Seibo. President Abinader instead of traveling to New York on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 to attend the UN General Assembly, will visit the areas in Higuey, the bed city for most employees in the Punta Cana area. The government is also compiling reports of damages in Samana and María Trinidad Sanchez (Nagua), the last provinces to suffer mayor damages as Fiona exited the country. To a lesser degree, the eastern provinces of Hato Mayor, La Romana, Duarte and Monte Plata were also affected by the storm.

President Abinader declared the abovementioned eight provinces in a state of emergency. The state of emergency reduces...

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the Dominican Republic at Boca de Yuma, in southern Altagracia province and exited Dominican land via Samana as it moved to the west northwest. It is expected to be a category 3 storm and to affect the Turks and Caicos islands on Tuesday, 20 September. The prime minister of Turks & Caicos is attending the funeral of the Queen Elizabeth and had been scheduled to return on this Tuesday.

The Weather Office maintains that everyone in the Dominican Republic should still remain alert to the possibility of floods due to the passing of the outer bands of the storm.

In the update issued on Tuesday, 20 September 2022 at 6am, the Weather Office (Onamet) says that the outer bands will continue to bring heavy rains, and thunderstorms and keeps the warnings in place for possible flooding of rivers, streams and creeks, urban flooding and...

The vulnerability of the feeble state electricity grid and system in the Dominican Republic became apparent again when hundreds of kilometers collapsed in eastern cities and towns with the passing of Hurricane Fiona. In Samana, large numbers of power posts collapsed, reports Diario Libre.

In the Punta Cana area, hundreds of workers of the private CEPM power utility were on the road to restore power in the area. CEPM reports by Monday, 19 September 2022 in the afternoon it had reestablished power in 60% of the Punta Cana-Veron district.

The government distributors (EdeEste, EdeNorte and EdeSur) report that 128 circuits were affected nationwide, or 709,272 clients are without power. Of these 95 circuits correspond to the EdeEste or 367,606 customers (47.74%). In the National District, 11,554 customers were without power.

While most people in the...

The Punta Cana International Airport has a radar to ensure the safety of airplane departures and landings; the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute has another for the same aviation safety purpose. But the Dominican Republic does not have a radar where highly trained Dominican technicians can watch the weather from the perspective of the interests of people in the Dominican Republic.

Gloria Ceballos, director of the Weather Office, has said that she depends on the US National Hurricane Center (NHC-NOAA) reports. Indeed, this was apparent when Ceballos and President Abinader himself told the nation that Hurricane Fiona would not be a direct hit to the country.

During Fiona, until the hurricane practically hugged Dominican coastlines, the NHC continued to post its path as heading north through the Mona Channel. This confused many people...

Deputy Minister of Education Julissa Hernández Durán, said to be the right hand of former Minister of Education Roberto Furcal Encarnación, has presented her resignation, reports Diario Libre. The newspaper says that sources indicate the director of the Office of International Cooperation, Idionis Pérez Encarnación, also resigned at the Ministry of Education.

Diario Libre reports that Pérez Encarnación is said to be a first cousin of former minister Furcal Encarnación with strong ties to the former ruling political party, the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD). Then Minister Robert Furcal named Pérez Encarnación to be director of the Office of International Cooperation on 5 September 2021. The appointment was contested. Pérez Encarnación already received a pension from the National Technical Professional Training Institute (Infotep), where he had been director and from...

Diario Libre has been covering the plight of residents in the Poligono Central who object to increases in city density with the construction of major high rises in already congested areas. The director of City Planning, Mayobanex Suazo has defended the construction of the Parkside Towers on Federico Geraldino Street near Abraham Lincoln. Suazo says that the project meets the requirements of city planning directives.

But, National District Councilman Mario Sosa says the statements from the Mayor’s Office of the National District regarding the Parkside project do not correspond to reality. The mayor’s office says that the aforementioned construction is supported by the city’s Land Use Plan, which the young alderman denies.

Sosa explained that the Mayor’s Office alludes to the Land Management Plan to justify its violation of the resolution in effect for the Polígono Central # 94-98 that establishes a much lower density in the construction of buildings in the area than what the...

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