Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #1,039/ 21 January 2023

The 4-week Covid-19 positivity rate is now at 4.44%, with the 24-hour positivity rate at 2.71%, as per Covid-19 Bulletin #1,039 dated 21 January 2023. The downward trend in cases continues.

The number of Covid-19 registered cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #1,039 was 18, resulting from 665 Covid-19 lab tests were carried out, of which 13 were PCR tests. The seven-day average of lab-reported cases is 31. With very few exceptions, most cases are mild and are treated as a cold at home.

The Ministry of Public Health is encouraging people to up their vaccination status, with a third, fourth or fifth vaccine that are available for free in the Dominican Republic. 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. 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 cases had increased before the holidays as the weather turned chilly in the evenings and early mornings. More people are congregating inside, meaning greater possibilities for spreading the virus. But most people are just seeing Covid as a seasonal cold.

The number of active cases is at 315. The seven-day active cases average is now 313.

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 #1,039, with the deadline of 21 January 2023, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 659,981 PCR or antigen-confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020.

As of the 21 January 2023 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 419.58 compared to the 2,796.84 global average. The fatality rate in the DR is at 0.66%.

There were 18 lab-reported Covid-19 cases of which 5 in Santiago, 4 in Santo Domingo province, 3 were in Espaillat, 2 in La Vega and Valverde, 1 in Duarte and Santiago Rodríguez.

The Ministry of Public Health says people in the Dominican Republic should take up again enhanced hygiene measures, mask wearing and social distancing 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.

22 January 2023