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President Abinader was in Duarte province on Wednesday, 26 January 2022, Duarte Day, where he announced that celebrations of the Dominican nationality will continue through 9 March. Duarte Day celebrated the 209th anniversary of Juan Pablo Duarte, founder of the Dominican nationality. Dominican Independence Day is on 27 February.

While in Duarte province, President Abinader inaugurated the completed works of the repaving and improving of the 26 km Presidente Antonio Guzman highway that links Duarte Highway with San Francisco de Macorís, capital of the province. Public Works Minister Deligne Ascención says the improvements cost RD$149 million. The road goes from Cruce de Controba to San Francisco de Macoris.

“This highway will also activate regional commerce, which is extremely diverse in the Duarte province and in all the adjoining provinces...

President-elect Xiomara Castro / Twitter

Vice President Raquel Peña is representing President Luis Abinader at the inaugural of Honduras President-elect Xiomara Castro. The inauguration is taking place from 7am on Thursday, 27 January 2022 at the Tegucigalpa National Stadium. Also attending for the Dominican Republic is the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Alfredo Pacheco (PRM-National District).

In Honduras, Vice President Peña will meet US Vice President Kamala Harris, who will be representing the United States.

Honduras media has confirmed the participationof King of Spain Felipe VI and US Vice President Kamala Harris. Also expected to attend are the Presidents of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele and Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, Cuban Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa and Argentinean Vice President Cristina Fernandez.

Other guests who have confirmed their...

27 January 2022

The Ministry of Public Health says that the home Covid-19 tests now sold at Dominican pharmacies are strictly for personal use and information.

Deputy Minister for Collective Health Eladio Perez says that the tests done at home are not valid for labor purposes.

Likewise, only certified labs can issue the valid certification of results that are needed for work or travel purposes. Certified labs have been charging RD$1,800 for the antigen test and upwards of RD$4,000 for the PCR test. The antigen home test kits are selling for around RD$300.

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Minister of Hacienda Jochy Vicente had reported that the government ended 2021 with a fiscal deficit of -2.7% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or RD$144.77 billion. The amount is RD$15.06 billion below what was estimated in the reformulated National Budget that had been presented in November 2021.

Vicente emphasized that the reduction of the deficit was made without the need to resort to borrowing.

“Historically, reformulated budgets have meant more borrowing. In 2021, for the first time, a reformulated budget was submitted with lower financing needs,” he highlighted. He pointed out that the public collection agencies had revenues of RD$841.24 billion pesos in 2021, an increase of 12.7% over last year. He explained that economic growth and other administrative measures made the increase in state revenues possible.

The results garnered the government a pat in the...

Deputies representing the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) had voted yes in the fast-tracked passing of the Punta Catalina Trust in Congress. Now, that the bill just needs the positive vote of the Senate, the party is speaking out against the contract and is calling on the Presidency to withdraw it from Congress to make corrections. The PLD, that is the largest opposition party, now maintains that while trusts in the country are regulated by Trust Law 189-11, there is no law that specifically provides for public trusts.

The party position is that the existing framework is inadequate for this type of trust. “The nature of the assets involved, and the constitutional and legal control mechanisms that protect them, require clarity that the law does not provide for,” explained the organization’s secretary general, Charlie Mariotti, at the end of a meeting of the Political Committee...

Primitiva Medina, a leading member of the Dominican Association of Teachers (ADP), denounced that the Ministry of Education has changed the rules established in Departmental Order 06-2021, to assess school principals in the Teacher Competitive Examination.

She says the rules clearly state that the scores of assessment tests need to be in before the interview, not the other way around, as is now being applied.

“And it is a gross trap, because it is not the same to add the profile before the interview, since those promoted to interview would be more, but a genius had the idea of violating the Departmental Order,” she indicated.

Most of the independent university observers for the contest resigned the responsibility.

Carlos Pimentel / Listin Diario

The director of the Public Procurement Agency (DGCP), Carlos Pimentel had reported early this week that the preliminary results of the investigation carried out by the DGCP and the Anti-Fraud Unit of the Comptroller General of the Republic regarding past administrations in the National Institute of Student Welfare (Inabie) reveal leads to criminal acts. The DGCP says the file with the irregularities will be submitted to the Attorney General’s Office in due course. Inabie is the contracting division of the Ministry of Education.

During a visit to the new executive director of Inabie, Víctor Castro, the head of the DGCP explained that the information gathered so far involves former officials of the past government and the outgoing authorities of the current government, as well as suppliers who incurred in fraudulent contracting...

Elías Marte Palave / Diario Libre

The Ministry of Environment is calling for National Police Major General Eduardo Alberto Then to investigate the conduct of Colonel Elías Marte Palave. The Ministry filed a legal complaint against the colonel for illegally extracting aggregate from a gravel mine located less than 15 meters from the banks of the Haina River in San Cristóbal province, affecting an area of approximately 30,000 square meters.

The complaint was placed on Tuesday 25 January 2022 before the magistrate Rigoberto Santana, Specialized Prosecutor for the Defense of the Environment in San Cristóbal.

The complaint states that on 13 January 2022 members of the National Environmental Protection Service (SENPA), together with technicians of the Ministry of Environment were in La Cereza in San Cristóbal where they verified the excavations and extraction of sand...

The Corripio Foundation and the Ministry of Culture announced Soledad Álvarez was chosen the winner of the National Literature Award. The award winner has been successful in poetry and literary essays.

Jose Luis Corripio, president of the Corripio Foundation, and Culture Minister Milagros German highlighted Alvarez’s valuable work as a writer when making the announcement.

The 32nd National Literature Prize comes with a RD$2 million cash award. The date of the award ceremony is yet to be announced.

Alvarez is an essayist and poet. Her books of poems include “Vuelo posible” (Possible Flight) in 1994 and “Las estaciones íntimas” (Intimate Stations) in 2006. She also wrote “El debate sobre las generaciones” in 1991 and “Complicidades” in 1998.

Born in Santo Domingo in 1950, she studied Philology, specializing in Hispanic American Literature in Cuba, where she...

Pope Francis named a Bronx, New York priest as the youngest bishop in the United States. He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of the New York archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church.

Father Joseph Espaillat, 45, is a New York native of Dominican descent. His parents migrated to New York from Santiago de los Caballeros, Yosper.do reports. “Father J” has a podcast and a flair for rap music. Currently, he is the pastor at the St. Anthony of Padua Parish and director of the Hispanic Charismatic Renewal. He will be ordained to the episcopacy on 1 March 2022 in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan.

The Catholic News Agency reported that Espaillat would be the youngest US bishop, almost 15 months younger than the next on the list.

The priest is a former parochial vicar and pastor of Saint Peter’s Parish in Yonkers, parochial vicar of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish...

[b]The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus Bulletin #678 with the deadline of 25 January 2022 reports 2,763 new cases, up from the previous day (2,272 cases). At the same time, the death rate continues to drop and is now at 0.78%, one of the lowest in the Americas.[/b]

[b]Ministry of Public Health director of Epidemiology, Dr. Ronald Skewes says the fifth wave with the Omicron variant has leveled off and cases have been consistently dropping over the past 14 days. [/b]Nevertheless, there is concern that the long Altagracia-Duarte holiday four-day weekend could have served to spread the disease.

[b]Meanwhile, the present trend is one of a significant reduction in cases. The sale of low cost antigen Covid-19 tests in pharmacies at a cost of RD$300 is expected to contribute to a further reduction in the spread as people can early on test at home.[/b]...

President Luis Abinader chose to visit Duarte province on occasion of the celebration of the 209th birthday of the Dominican forefather, Juan Pablo Duarte on 26 January 2022. Abinader will join Duarte province governor Xiomara Cortes and Mayor Siquió Ng de la Rosa to watch the military-civic parade in honor of Duarte parade in front of the city hall in San Francisco de Macoris, the capital city of the province. Next he will supervise the asphalting of city streets by the Ministry of Public Works. He will also be present for the inauguration of the San Francisco-Cruce de Controba road section and will hold a lunch with businessmen and merchants at the premises of the Wholesalers Association.

President Abinader will inaugurate the new Regional Hospital in San Francisco de Macorís. He will participate in the kickstarting of the city redevelopment plan.

He will also participate...

An official Qatar government delegation is in the Dominican Repbublic for a working visit from Tueday, 25 January through Friday, 28 January 2022. Qatar Foreign Affairs Minister Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi heads the delegation that visits to look into opportunities for investment and cooperation.

The newly appointed head of the Investment Promotion Cabinet, Vice President Raquel Peña, shared a welcome dinner at the Presidential Palace for the mission on Tuesday evening. Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez accompanied her; Industry & Commerce Minister Víctor (Ito) Bisonó; Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera; Director of the National Health Insurance Plan (Senasa), Santiago Hazim; and Dominican ambassador in Qatar, Georges Bahsa Hazim.

The high-level mission will also meet with President Abinader and hold other meetings with Vice President Peña, ministers and other...

2021 was a very good year for free zone industries in the Dominican Republic. The Ministry of Industry & Commerce announced the free zone manufacturers exported US$7.14 billion in 2021, up 22.7% compared to 2020. Investments in the sector were more than US$13 billion in 100 new companies approved last year.

“Undoubtedly, the free zone sector is living its best moment with historic numbers in jobs and exports. This translates into more and better growth opportunities for Dominicans and the country,” said Industry & Commerce Minister Victor (Ito) Bisonó.

Among the productive subsectors that contributed most to the growth of these exports are tobacco manufacturing (cigars), up 38.6%; medical devices (6.6%); jewelry (74.9%) and apparel (40.8%), according to data from the National Council of Free Export Zones (CNZFE).

In 2021, the free zone sector reached...

The Laguna Prieta Wetlands Wildlife Refuge is the country’s new protected area. President Luis Abinader issued Decree 29-22 creating the Species Habitat Management area, a category 4 protected area according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidelines. The area has 143,795 square meters.

Also known as the Manantiales de Laguna Prieta Ecological Park, the protected area is located in southern Santiago city. The environmental liability resulted from mining and waste reportedly dumped by the free zone Caribbean Industrial Park, as reported in Acción Verde. The area was rescued, reforested and declared an ecological park first in March 2010.

The Ministry of Environment, environmental and community organizations have worked with the private sector to rescue the area. Visitors can now enjoy a green space with several lagoons that are a refuge...

In 2021 the Dominican Republic moved up two positions in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) with 30 points, leaving behind its record lowest scores obtained in 2019 and 2020. The Dominican Republic is now ranked 128th out of 180 nations.

Participación Ciudadana, the local Transparency International chapter, says that the key to the improvement is strengthening the Attorney General and its Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Chamber of Accounts. Actions taken to prosecute politicians and past and present government officers have contributed to improving the perception of corruption.

During a presentation on Tuesday, 25 January 2022, spokespeople for Participación Ciudadana recognized the work of the Public Prosecution Office and yet warned that the improvements in positioning could fizzle out if profound changes are not made at the...

Reflecting the mid-December to mid-January Omicron variant spike in the Dominican Republic, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Dominican Republic on 24 January 2022. The alert tells US citizens to not travel to the Dominican Republic.

The United States is the most important source of tourists to the Dominican Republic. US tourists have been filling Dominican hotels and account for the majority of future bookings.

“Your risk of contracting Covid-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine,” establishes the CDC.

The announcement by the CDC comes at a time when the Omicron variant seems to have leveled off and the cases and positivity are gradually declining.

In the Americas, the CDC also downgraded travel to Colombia, Costa Rica, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Peru...

National District Court judge Raymundo Mejía is giving the state prosecution two more months as of 16 February 2022 to prepare the charges against the six accused in the Coral government corruption case. The prosecutors had sought an extension of four months.

After a hearing that lasted eleven hours on Tuesday, 25 January 2022, judge Raymundo Mejía granted the Specialized Prosecutor’s Office for the Prosecution of Administrative Corruption (Pepca) the additional time to file definitive charges against Major General Adán Cáceres Silvestre, former chief of the Specialized Presidential Security Corps (Cusep); Colonel Rafael Núñez de Aza, Pastor Rossy Guzmán, Corporal Tanner Flete, Sergeant Alejandro Montero and Major Raúl Girón.

The judge ordered that five of the accused continue to serve preventive custody in Najayo Jail. Major Giron is under house arrest in a confidential location...

At a Santo Domingo city restaurant and in the company of his father Leo Ortiz and mentor Pedro Martínez, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz received the call from Jack O’Connell of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). He becomes the first designated hitter to be inducted to the MLB hall of fame. The ceremony will be on 24 July 2022 in Cooperstown, New York.

The BBWAA rules say that sports writers are told to base their vote on the player’s record, on-field ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.

Ortiz is one of the best designated hitters in history with a .286 average, 541 home runs and 1,768 RBIs. In the playoffs, he batted for .289 with 17 homers and 61 RBIs for the Boston Red Sox.

Ortiz batted .286/.380/.552 for his career. He spent the first six years of his...

[b]The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus Bulletin #677 with the deadline of 24 January 2022 reports 2,272 new cases, down from the previous day (2,476 cases). At the same time, the death rate continues to drop and is now at 0.79%, one of the lowest in the Americas.[/b]

There is a generalized opinion that the fifth wave with the Omicron variant has leveled off. Nevertheless, there is concern that the long Altagracia-Duarte holiday four-day weekend could have served to spread the disease.

Meanwhile, the present trend is for a significant reduction in cases. The sale of low cost antigen Covid-19 tests in pharmacies is expected to contribute to a further reduction in the spread as people can early on test at home.

B[b]ulletin #677 reports active Covid-19 cases are 22,095, down from 24,868 on the previous day. [/b]The number of cases is below the peak of...

La vicepresidenta Raquel Peña participó en la conferencia “Salud perspectiva económica y visión futuro”, organizada por la Asociación de Industriales de la Región Norte. (AIREN). Santo Domingo, República Dominicana. 23 de Noviembre 2021. Vp/ Jhon Escalante

President Luis Abinader announced that the Investment Promotion Cabinet, created 23 September 2020, will be headed by Vice President Raquel Peña. Vice President Peña already heads the Health Cabinet.

By Decree 849-21, issued on 29 December 2021, President Luis Abinader repealed Decree 143, dating back to 2009 during the Leonel Fernández administration, that had created the Investment Cabinet for Strategic Projects.

The purpose of the Investment Promotion Cabinet is to promote within the Public Administration the policies, guidelines and mechanisms so that, in an articulated and agile manner...

The Ministry of Environment is investigating who is behind the extraction of sand from the Las Dunas de Baní protected area in violation of Environment Law 64-00. Environment Minister Orlando Jorge Mera, accompanied by members of the National Environmental Protection Service (SENPA), visited the Natural Monument Las Dunas de Baní and Salinas Beach to inspect the damage.

He said an investigation was initiated three weeks ago to find those responsible for the damage to the natural park and bring them to justice.

Jorge Mera said: “No one is above the law, and those who thought they were above the law with irregular permits from previous administrations, know that we are coming after them and that we will not allow or tolerate the violation of the country’s environmental wealth, which belongs to all of us.”

In a 24 January 2022 press release, the Ministry said that seven...

In time for a possible increase in spread of Omicron over the 4-day Altagracia-Duarte long weekend, pharmacies around the country began to sell low cost antigen kits for people to test at home. The kits are available for around RD$300 at major pharmacy chains. The tests compare to RD$1,800 price the tests were selling for at the leading private labs. El Dia reports one leading private lab has cut the price of its test to RD$900.

Travelers still need to get the test done at a certified lab because the certification is required by migration authorities.

The government offers the test for free at medical centers and universities nationwide, but usually long lines have been needed to get the test. Given the decline in Omicron cases, the lines are now lesser at the free test centers.

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Public Health Minister announced scheduling of the start of vaccinating children five to 11 years for 7 February 2022.

More than one million children from five to 11 years old will be eligible for the vaccine, Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera announced on 20 January 2022 from the Presidential Palace in the presence of Vice President Raquel Peña, who presides the Health Cabinet.

This new phase of the National Vaccination Plan calls for vaccinating 1,378,000 children from five to 11 years old. Vice President Peña says the vaccinating of the children is voluntary and with the informed consent of the parents. Already, most schools require that children 12+ be vaccinated.

Dr. Rivera said th positivity rate of the 5-11 year old group is at 11%.

Education Minister Roberto Fulcar said the government is considering vaccinating the young children at the schools themselves...

Winners of last year’s award in August 2021 / MAPRE

The Presidency made official the National Award for Public Innovation of the Administrative Ministry of the Presidency (Mapfre). The first award was already granted in August 2021. The award seeks to encourage policies that promote the efficiency of public institutions.

This award is granted to public or private sector agents who propose innovative solutions with a view to cutting red tape in the Dominican Republic. It seeks to strengthen the institutional framework, optimize services and transparency in government.

For the awarding of the prize, President Luis Abinader appointed a selection committee, formed by the Vice Ministry of Innovation, Transparency and Citizen Attention of the Administrative Ministry of the Presidency, who will chair it; the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and MSMEs (MICM and...

The Dominican Republic rendered tribute to Monsignor Agripino Núñez Collado, the low- profile giant who is credited for the success of the Pontifical Catholic University Madre y Maestra with its Santiago and Santo Domingo campuses. Under his leadership, the Santiago university developed to become the most important private university in the country.

Núñez Collado is best known for a career as the national arbiter. He raised his influential voice marking a difference in numerous important conflicts nationwide through his lifelong career as rector of the PUCMM (1970 to 2014).

Media reported he died from complications from diverticulitis. He was born 9 September 1932 in Santiago province. He was the eldest of 11 brothers and sisters. He was ordained priest in Zamora, Spain in 1959.

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The spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant seems to be leveling off right before the start of carnival season . The cultural push for the traditional celebrations are leading carnival organizers in La Vega and Santiago to accommodate the celebrations to the realities of public health.

In La Vega, the organizers have been conservative. They have decided to postpone their traditional parades, á la New Orleans, until the health authorities are in agreement.

In Santiago, the organizing committee, which includes a representative of the Health Cabinet, the Mayor’s Office, the local provincial governor’s office, and an impressive list of local civic leaders, has announced that this year the carnival will be held on the grounds of the Cibao Regional Theater, in front of the Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration. In Santiago, the outstanding point is that...

The San Francisco de Macorís team, Gigantes del Cibao won the Dominican Professional Winter Baseball Championship on Saturday, 22 January 2022. The Gigantes defeated the Estrellas Orientales in their homeclub in San Pedro de Macorís, 8-3. Marcell Ozuna (El Oso) made the difference. Ozuna batted a three-home run, the first of the Gigantes’ six-run rally in the third inning that would decide the game and the championship.

Ozuna was elected the “Most Valuable Player” of the playoffs. For the award, he received a large majority of votes. During the playoffs, he had hit three home runs and towed in eight runs. He ended with a batting average of .333.

The playoffs were scheduled to go to the 7-4 series, but the Gigantes finished it off in five games, only losing the Estrellas’ first game. The Gigantes del Cibao had won the regular season and the semi-finals.

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The Dominican Republic was the big winner at the 2022 International Tourism Fair (FITUR) held in Madrid all last week. How big? Commitments for US$2.0 billion in investments is a good start. Dominican and foreign companies signed agreements to invest more in tourism in the country.

The signing of new air and tour operator agreements and the renewal of older agreements was impressive. Tourism Minister David Collado renewed the agreement with Iberia Airlines to promote the Dominican Republic as a destination from the 90 cities served by Iberia. The promotions include in-flight videos, the Iberia magazine Ronda Iberia, as well as promotion on the Iberia website. It also includes additional seats on new frequencies to the DR.

Another deal was signed with the Corte Ingles Travel Agency, one of the largest in Europe, which guarantees 200,000...

Presidents Luis Abinader and Pedro Sanchez in FITUR / MITUR

Club Med, the French tourism company kicked off tourism in Punta Cana in 1981, but Spanish investors were to follow with the opening of the Barceló Beach Resorts starting in 1984, making all the difference.

Foreign investment by Spanish companies from 2010 to 2019 is estimated at upwards of US$1.9 billion, representing 6.7% of the total foreign investment (US$25.5 billion) during the period, according to statistics released during Fitur by the Civil Aviation Board (JAC).

Of the total Spanish foreign investment, 55% is dedicated to the tourism sector in the Dominican Republic. 24 Spanish hotel chains are operating in the Dominican Republic with 98 hotels and 46,142 rooms, which translates into 57.5% of the total rooms available in 2019 (80,000 rooms). Most of these rooms are located in the Punta...

UNWTO has launched the first in a series of tourism investment guidelines focused on a specific country. The guide is a collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and ProDominicana. It was launched at the Fitur travel and trade show in Madrid, Spain where the Dominican Republic starred as country partner.

The Dominican Republic investment guide is promoted as a comprehensive tool for parties interested in FDI opportunities. The guide showcases the potential of closer public-private collaboration and makes clear the importance of directing investments towards building new tourism business models that center on innovation and sustainability. In particular, it aims to attract and promote and retain investment in sustainable tourism initiatives in the Dominican Republic, including those that provide local jobs and build greater resilience across the sector...

Dominican Laser sailor Raúl Aguayo was the big winner of the Carib Wind Regatta that took place 21-23 January 2022 in Cabarete, Puerto Plata. Second place went to German world champion sailor Wolfgang Gerz and third place to Mike Matan of the United States.

Esneiry Pérez won in the Radial category for the Dominican Republic, followed by Martin Van Offen of Holland. German sailor Alexandra Weihrauch won in the women’s division.

The event was organized by Carib Wind, a Cabarete-based sailing store and operation with the backing of the Dominican Sailing Federation and the International Laser Class Association (ILCA). There were 24 competitors from seven countries – Holland, United States, Canada, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic.

Event coordinator Ari Barshi highlighted the importance of the event for the promotion of competitive water sports...

[b]The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus Bulletin #676 with the deadline of 23 January 2022 reports 2,476 new cases, down from the previous day (2,813 cases). [/b]There is a generalized opinion that the fifth wave with the Omicron variant has leveled off. Nevertheless, there is concern that the long Altagracia-Duarte holiday four-day weekend could have served to spread the disease. Meanwhile, the present trend is for a significant reduction in cases. The sale of low cost antigen Covid-19 tests in pharmacies is expected to contribute to a further reduction in the spread as people can early on test at home. At the same time, the death rate continues to drop and is now at 0.79%, one of the lowest in the Americas.

[b]Bulletin #676 reports active Covid-19 cases are 24,868, down from the previous day. [/b]The number of cases is below the peak of 55,773 active cases registered...

[b]The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus Bulletin #673 with the deadline of 20 January 2022 reports 6,363 new cases, down from the previous day (7,024 cases). [/b]There is a generalized opinion that the fifth wave with the Omicron variant is leveling off. At the same time, the death rate continues to drop and is now at 0.81%, one of the lowest in the Americas.

[b]Bulletin #673 reports active Covid-19 cases are up to 34,465, down from the previous day. [/b]The number of cases is below the peak of 55,773 active cases registered for the 5th of July 2021 deadline. With around 65% of the population vaccinated with least two doses of vaccine, and 78% with at least one dose, the population had successfully dealt with the Delta variant-dominating fourth wave outbreak. The Delta wave was unusually short and dissipated. This was attributed to the widespread vaccination...

[b]The Ministry of Public Health Coronavirus Bulletin #672 with the deadline of 19 January 2022 reports 7,024 new cases, down slightly from the previous day (7,153 cases). [/b]There is a generalized opinion that the fifth wave with the Omicron variant is leveling off. At the same time, the death rate continues to drop and is now at 0.81%, one of the lowest in the Americas.

[b]Bulletin #672 reports active Covid-19 cases are up to 36,025. The number of cases is below the peak of 55,773 active cases registered for the 5th of July 2021 deadline.[/b] With around 65% of the population vaccinated with least two doses of vaccine, and 78% with at least one dose, the population had successfully dealt with the Delta variant-dominating fourth wave outbreak. The Delta wave was unusually short and dissipated. This was attributed to the widespread vaccination with two Sinovac and the booster...

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