Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #1,053/ 4 February 2023

The 4-week Covid-19 positivity rate is now at 2.08%, with the 24-hour positivity rate at 2.87%, as per Covid-19 Bulletin #1,053 dated 4 February 2023. The downward trend in cases continues.

The number of Covid-19 registered cases in the Dominican Republic for Bulletin #1,053 was 17, resulting from 592 Covid-19 lab tests, of which 4 were PCR tests. The seven-day average of lab-reported cases is 22. 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 270. The seven-day active cases average is now 273.

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 #1,053, with the deadline of 4 February 2023, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 660,377 PCR or antigen-confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020.

As of the 4 February 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 2,808.84 global average. The fatality rate in the DR is at 0.66%.

Of the 17 lab-reported Covid-19 cases, none were in the capital city. Thirteen cases were reported in Santiago and one in Espaillat, Hermanas Mirabal, Santiago Rodríguez and Monseñor Nouel.

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.

5 February 2023