Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #986/ 29 November 2022

The 4-week Covid-19 positivity rate is at 4.14%, with the 24-hour positivity rate at 21.18%, as per Covid-19 Bulletin #986 dated 29 November 2022.

Public Health Minister Daniel Rivera is encouraging people to up their vaccination status, with a third, fourth or fifth vaccine that are available for free in the Dominican Republic. He said on 29 November 2022 that the analysis of samples from people recently infected with Covid-19 confirms the subvariant of the Omicron strain, known as XBB, is circulating in the country. Dr. Rivera says the new variant is not worse than the Omicron, but does spread rapidly. The symptoms are a cough, runny nose and fever.

The number of Covid-19 registered cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #986 was 276, down from the previous day. The number of Covid-19 cases has been rising. The seven-day average (confirmed lab-reported cases) is up to 246, up from the previous week average of 111 cases. The number of active cases is 1,796, down from 1,931 on the previous day. The seven-day active case average is up to 1,648 up from 1,519 for the previous seven days.

Except in hospitals, every day less people wear facial masks in the Dominican Republic. Nevertheless, in recent days, given the impact of seasonal influenza, more people are again using face masks as a preventive measure.

As per Bulletin #986, with the deadline of 29 November 2022, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 650,659 PCR or antigen-confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020. The number of lab tests is at a recent high of 1,303, including 810 PCR tests.

As of the 29 November 2022 deadline, 4,384 persons are reported to have died of the disease in the Dominican Republic, a nation of more than 10.8 million adults since March 2020. The 1M/death rate is at 395 compared to the 2,765.33 average for the Americas region. The fatality rate in the DR is at 0.68%. The fatality rate per 1M inhabitants is 419.58.

As per the 29 November 2022 deadline, the cases continue to be concentrated in Greater Santo Domingo. There were 129 registered cases in the National District, 10 in San Cristóbal, 9 in Santiago, 5 in Espaillat, 4 in La Altagracia, 3 in Duarte, La Romana and La Vega, 1 in Monte Cristi, Peravia, Samana, San Juan de la Maguana, San Pedro de Macoris,

202 registered cases in the National District, 81 in Santo Domingo province, 6 in La Romana, 4 in Santiago and La Altagracia, 3 in San Cristóbal and Duarte, 2 in La Vega, and 1 in Santiago Rodríguez, San Pedro de Macorís, Hato Mayor, San Juan de la Maguana and Pedernales.

The Ministry of Public Health says people in the Dominican Republic should continue hygiene measures to avoid falling ill the new Covid-19 variants, but more so with seasonal influenza and dengue, respiratory syncytial virus. The government has made available hundreds of thousands of free flu vaccines at regular vaccination stations nationwide.

30 November 2022