Dominican Republic – Coronavirus Covid-19: Bulletin #130/26 July 2020

According to Coronavirus Bulletin #130 of the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, the Dominican Republic has 64,156 confirmed cases, including 1,248 new cases. Bulletin #129 indicates that 43% of the reported cases are persons in the 20-39 years range.

The number of confirmed cases depends on the availability of PCR tests that continues to be very scarce, especially in the provinces. In the Dominican Republic, even the well off have to wait to get tested. For a shot at a free PCR test, people queue for hours at the Laboratorio Nacional Dr. Defilló in Santo Domingo.

The average testing over the past 14 days is 3,735 PCR tests. The numbers of diagnostic tests carried out over the past 14 days [the difference between the PCR tests reported since the past bulletin] are: 3,867 (Bulletin #130), 5,487 (Bulletin #129), 4,635 (Bulletin #128), 3,961 (Bulletin #127), 4,107 (Bulletin #126), 3,416 (Bulletin #125), 3,7602,345 (Bulletin #124), 3,396 (Bulletin #123), 3,833 (Bulletin #122), 3,814 (Bulletin #121), 3,769 (Bulletin #120), 3,173 (Bulletin #119), 4,095 (Bulletin #118), 2,101 (Bulletin #117), 2,969 (Bulletin #116), 3,538 (Bulletin #115).

The statistical reports do not include rapid response blood antibody tests or patients diagnosed with tomography or other means. The Dominican Republic has a population of more than 10 million people.

The tally of deaths is now 1,083, including 20 new registered deaths. The daily average number of deaths for the past 14 days is 12.85.

As of Bulletin #130, 4,207 patients are hospitalized, a new high. Of these, 268 patients are in intensive care units. Covid-19 hospitalization capacity is stretched, and the government says more units will be available at public hospitals to meet the new demand. Public Health Minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas said in the Bulletin #130 press briefing that hospitals in Santiago and Greater Santo Domingo are working at capacity. Dr. Sánchez had said the Ciudad Sanitaria Luis Eduardo Aybar would be inaugurated on 27 July. But this did not happen and a new date was not announced. The government had announced the medical center would add 800 hospital beds to Greater Santo Domingo.

The fatality rate, the number of reported deaths per number of confirmed cases is at 1.69% per million inhabitants. The positivity rate over the past four weeks has continued to increase and is now at a high 33.47% that means the disease is spreading among people who do not know they have it. World experts advocate opening the economy when the positivity rate is at 5%.

The 14-day bulletin results are:
Bulletin #130: 64,156 confirmed cases, 1,248 new cases, 1,083 deaths, 20 new reported deaths
Bulletin #129: 62,908 confirmed cases, 2,012 new cases, 1063 deaths, 8 new reported deaths
Bulletin #128: 60,896 confirmed cases, 1,819 new cases, 1,055 deaths, 19 new reported deaths
Bulletin #127: 59,077 confirmed cases, 1,462 new cases, 1,036 deaths, 30 new reported deaths
Bulletin #126: 57,615 confirmed cases, 1,572 new cases, 1006 deaths, 1 new reported death
Bulletin #125: 56,043 confirmed cases, 1,246 new cases, 1,005 deaths, 6 new reported deaths
Bulletin #124: 54,797 confirmed cases, 841 new cases, 999 deaths, 6 new reported deaths
Bulletin #123: 53,956 confirmed cases, 1,101 new cases, 993 deaths, 12 new reported deaths
Bulletin #122: 52,855 confirmed cases, 1,336 new cases, 981 deaths, 10 new reported deaths
Bulletin #121: 51,519 confirmed cases, 1406 new cases, 971 deaths, 29 new reported deaths
Bulletin #120: 50,113 confirmed cases, 1,370 new cases, 942 deaths, 1 new reported death
Bulletin #119: 48,743 confirmed cases, 1,072 new cases, 941 deaths, 12 new reported deaths
Bulletin #118: 47,671 confirmed cases, 1,366 new cases, 929 deaths, 19 new reported deaths
Bulletin #117: 46,305 confirmed cases, 799 new cases, 910 deaths, 7 new reported deaths

As of Sunday, 26 July 2020 at 4pm, the deadline for Bulletin #130, the most confirmed cases were located in urban areas where most of the tests are carried out. The National District (18,856) and the Santo Domingo province (15,783) have 54% of cases or 34,639 of 64,156 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with large number of confirmed cases are: Santiago (5,695), San Cristobal (2,811), La Altagracia (2,285), La Vega (2,211), La Romana (1,545), Duarte (1,363), Espaillat (1,241), Azua (1,202), Barahona (962), San Juan de la Maguana (956), Puerto Plata (942), Sánchez Ramírez (912), San Pedro de Macoris (846), Monseñor Nouel (706), Peravia (577) and Maria Trinidad Sanchez (536) are the other provinces that have 500 or more accumulated cases. The National District and these 17 provinces of 32 make up 92.6% of the confirmed cases nationwide.

The most new cases or recently allocated cases reported for the 26 July update deadline are: the National District (309), Santiago (244), Santo Domingo province (213), La Altagracia (81), Sánchez Ramírez (67), Monseñor Nouel (60), Peravia (42), La Vega (36), La Romana (29), San Pedro de Macoris (28), Duarte (27), San Cristóbal (26), María Trinidad Sánchez (21), Puerto Plata (20), Barahona (16), and San Juan de la Maguana (14). The Ministry of Public Health reports 9 or less confirmed cases in 16 other provinces. This does not mean there are not more than 9 cases in these provinces. It just is the result of the PCR tests corresponding to that province.

Haiti reports 7,315 confirmed cases and 157 deaths, as of 25 July 2020.

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

See the Ministry of Public Health epidemiological

Read more statistical analysis at:
DR1 Forums
John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
University of Washington Health Data
University of Oxford Covid Tracker

27 July 2020