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Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #286/ 29 December 2020

On Wednesday, 30 December 2020, the Abinader administration Health Cabinet issued Decree 740-20 with new restrictive measures seeking to contain the spread of the virus.

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #286 reports 1,314 new PCR confirmed cases. The 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases is 1,012. Four new deaths are reported for the Tuesday, 29 December 2020 deadline, no deaths have occurred in the previous 24 hours of the deadline.

Labs carried out 5,388 first PCR tests in time for the Tuesday, 29 December 2020 report deadline. The 14-day average is 4,576. The country can process 10,000 PCR tests a day.

The 4-week positivity rate is 15.70%, continuing the upward trend. The 24-hour positivity for the day is 24.29%, down from the previous day. The number of reported active cases is now 36,906, up from the previous day.

Given the recent increase in the disease positivity rate, the government announced curfew for 31 December starts at 7pm and lasts through 5am. Previously, free transit had been authorized until 1am.

From 1 to 10 January 2021, the curfew will be from 5pm to 5am, with a two hour transit window on Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the curfew is set to 12 noon.

Effective 1 to 10 January 2021, restaurants, bars and colmadones (corner grocery store-bars) are ordered to only serve the public by delivery until 11pm. Public parks, boulevard meeting areas, beaches and churches are closed. Sports events without public can continue. New opening hours for stores is announced.

The Dominican Republic continues under a National State of Emergency through 15 January 2021. The Presidency has asked Congress to authorize a 45-day extension. Pandemic fatigue, increased mobility and home and friends’ gatherings has led to increased cases in the past month. The number of requests for tests is up, and labs now report delays and report waiting lists for home testing.

Arrivals from abroad are increasing as travel picks up for the holidays. There is a real possibility that travelers from countries with a higher spread of Covid-19, and who do not show symptoms, may come and infect their friends and relatives. It is essential that all new arrivals staying at home wear masks, keep physical distance and self-quarantine for 10 days as a preventive measure. Tourists should adhere to safety protocols at their hotels, wear masks, keep physical distances and practice continuing hand hygiene.

The Dominican Republic has by regional standards been relatively successful at treating Covid-19 and keeping the number of deaths to a minimum. For the 29 December 2020 deadline, Worldometer lists the 1M deaths per inhabitant rate for the Dominican Republic at 221. According to the same 1M deaths statistics, fewer people have died of Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic than in Italy at 1,218, Spain at 1,084, the United Kingdom at 1,066, the United States at 1,057, France at 985, Argentina at 951, Brazil at 909, Colombia at 839, Canada at 408 and Germany 400, all major markets for Dominican tourism and countries with notably better health systems.

The new restrictions order restaurants, bars and colmadones to shut down from 1 to 10 January 2021. All throughout December, restaurants, bars and colmados with outside facilities had been packed. Now only delivery is authorized through 11pm.

The most recent Covid measures are in Decree 740-20. The restrictions, nevertheless, do not apply to resorts that operate under different health protocols.

The Ministry of Public Health continues to recommend keeping to the preventive measures. In the cities, mask-wearing is the norm in public spaces.

As per Bulletin #286, with the deadline of 29 December 2020, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 168,265 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020. Partial curfew has been in place since 18 March 2020.

The number of deaths continues relatively low. As of the 29 December bulletin, 2,405 persons are reported to have died of the disease in the Dominican Republic, a nation of more than 10.5 million people. The fatality rate is 1.43% over the past four weeks. This rate has been consistently dropping for the past five months. The fatality rate per 1M inhabitants is 230.18. Dominican treatment for the disease has been relatively successful in the region. The Ministry of Public Health reports that the country’s 230 fatality rate per 1M compares favorably to the average 1M inhabitants’ fatality rate for the Americas at 818.

The Ministry of Public Health report #286 keeps an upward trend for hospitalization units. 39% of Covid-19 hospital beds are occupied (985 of 2,538 total available), this is up from the previous day. 57% of the intensive care units for Covid-19 are taken (256 of 448 beds), slightly up from the previous day.

The past 14 days bulletin results are:

Bulletin #286: 169,579 confirmed cases, 1,314 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, four deaths are reported for the deadline, with none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.42%, fatality rate per 1M is 230.56.

Bulletin #285: 168,265 confirmed cases, 860 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, one death is reported for the deadline, with none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.43%, fatality rate per 1M is 230.18.

Bulletin #284: 167,405 confirmed cases, 641 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, no deaths are reported for the deadline, with none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.44%, fatality rate per 1M is 230.08.

Bulletin #283: 166,764 confirmed cases, 824 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, no deaths are reported for the deadline, with none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.44%, fatality rate per 1M is 230.08.

Bulletin #282: 165,940 confirmed cases, 905 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, no deaths are reported for the deadline, none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.45%, fatality rate per 1M is 230.08.

Bulletin #281: 165,035 confirmed cases, 1,381 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, no death is reported for the deadline, one is reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.46%, fatality rate per 1M is 230.08.

Bulletin #280: 163,654 confirmed cases, 1,158new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 3 deaths are reported for the deadline, three happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.47%, fatality rate per 1M is 230.08.

Bulletin #279: 162,496 confirmed cases, 566 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 3 deaths are reported for the deadline, none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.48%, fatality rate per 1M is 229.79.

Bulletin #278: 161,930 confirmed cases, 878 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 13 deaths are reported for the deadline, none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.48%, fatality rate per 1M is 229.51.

Bulletin #277: 161,052 confirmed cases, 666 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, one death is reported for the deadline, none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.48%, fatality rate per 1M is 228.26.

Bulletin #276: 160,386 confirmed cases, 1,322 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, two deaths are reported for the deadline, two happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.49%, fatality rate per 1M is 228.17.

Bulletin #275: 159,064 confirmed cases, 1,135 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, six deaths are reported for the deadline, three happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.50%, fatality rate per 1M is 227.98.

Bulletin #274: 157,929 confirmed cases, 624 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, one death is reported for the deadline, none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.50%, fatality rate per 1M is 227.40.

Bulletin #273: 157,305 confirmed cases, 720 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, three deaths are reported for the deadline, none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.51%, fatality rate per 1M is 227.31.

Greater Santo Domingo continues to lead in the number of reported PCR cases. As of 29 December at 6pm, the deadline for Bulletin #286, the most confirmed cases have been reported in the National District (46,529) and the Santo Domingo province (34,152). The numbers account for almost 47.5% of the 169,579 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with more than 500 cases are: Santiago (17,664), La Vega (6,851), La Altagracia (6,162), San Cristóbal (5,553), La Romana (5,286), Duarte (5,080), Puerto Plata (5,005), Espaillat (3,239), Monseñor Nouel (2,726), San Juan de la Maguana (2,556), Sánchez Ramírez (2,428), Barahona (2,245), Azua (2,200), San Pedro de Macoris (2,115), Maria Trinidad Sánchez (1,668), Peravia (1,543), Hermanas Mirabal (1,254), Valverde (1,206), Baoruco (1,061), Independencia (793), Santiago Rodriguez (790), Monte Plata (711), San José de Ocoa (658), Samaná (616), El Seibo (596), Pedernales (573), Dajabón (553) and Hato Mayor (544). Elías Piña province, on the border with Haiti, is the only province to register less than 500 cases. Elías Piña reports 264 cases for the 29 December deadline.

The Ministry indicates that the newest allocated cases (more than 9) reported for 29 December 2020 update deadline are: National District (512), Santo Domingo (181), La Vega (101), Santiago (54), La Altagracia (32), Hermanas Mirabal (27), Maria Trinidad Sánchez (24), San Cristobal (21), San Juan de la Maguana (15), Duarte (15), Espaillat (14) and Barahona (13), Dajabón (12), Baoruco (12) and Peravia (12).

Haiti reports 9,999 confirmed cases and 236 deaths, for the 29 December 2020 deadline. The number of deaths for Haiti has only increased by four deaths since 26 October, reflecting the database is not being maintained.

In the Americas, the Dominican Republic is now ranked 11th in confirmed cases after the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Canada, Panama and Ecuador.

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Decree 740-20

31 December 2020