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Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #207/11 October 2020

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #207 reports 366 new confirmed cases. This is a low for the past seven days. 2,746 PCR tests were carried out in time for the 11 October deadline. The 14-day average is now 3,649 tests. The 24-hour positivity rate is at 13.33%. The 4-week positivity rate is up at 13.31%. The 26 September bulletin (#192) reported a positivity rate under 10%, but this climbed again after the Mercedes Day long weekend mingling and the reduction in the curfew resulted in many new cases.

The Ministry of Public Health reports active cases are now at 22,132, down 80 from the previous report.

Local epidemiologists continue to alert the population that the spread of the virus comes and goes. The Ministry of Public Health is concerned that home and friends gatherings, increased mobility, especially with the reduction of curfew hours and domestic tourism promotions, will affect the spread of the disease that is now said to be “under control.” This situation is why the Ministry of Public Health continues to recommend keeping a curfew and preventive measures. The new curfew is in effect is from 29 September to 17 October 2020, from 9pm to 5am Monday to Friday, and 7pm to 5am on Saturdays and Sundays.

As per Bulletin #207, with the deadline of 11 October 2020, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 118,843 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020.

The health ministry announced the processing of 2,746 first PCR tests, with the 14-day average for first PCR tests at 3,649 PCR tests. The Ministry of Public Health says the demand for PCR tests has declined at both government and private labs. Yet there continue to be sporadic spikes in Greater Santo Domingo and the provinces. PCR tests are now readily available at 15 public hospitals nationwide.

The number of deaths is 2,179, including six deaths recorded and of these, one occurred in the past 24 hours. Local physicians in public and private systems now have better treatment protocols to deal with the sickness, resulting in fewer patients requiring hospitalization. In a population of more than 10 million, the fatality rate is 1.83% over the past four weeks. The fatality rate per 1M inhabitants is 208.55. The Ministry of Public Health reports that the average 1M inhabitants’ fatality rate for the Americas is 569.

Worldometer lists the 1M deaths per inhabitant rate for the Dominican Republic at 198. According to the 1M deaths statistics, people are less likely to die of Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic than in Spain at 708, Brazil at 707, the United States at 663, the United Kingdom at 631, Italy 599, Colombia 545, Argentina 527, France 502 and Canada at 254, all major source markets for Dominican tourism.

The Ministry of Public Health report indicates that the occupancy of hospital beds continues to decline. 21% of Covid-19 hospital beds are occupied (697 of 3,353 total available). 30% of the intensive care units for Covid-19 are taken (157 of 531 beds). Health Minister Plutarco Arias says that the emphasis is on detecting the cases early on, so fewer persons now require hospitalization.

The past 14 days bulletin results are:

Bulletin #207: 118,843 confirmed cases, 366 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 6 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, one occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.83%, fatality rate per 1M is 208.55

Bulletin #206: 118,477 confirmed cases, 463 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 6 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, one occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.83%, fatality rate per 1M is 207.97

Bulletin #205: 118,014 confirmed cases, 557 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 2 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, one occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.84%, fatality rate per 1M is 207.40

Bulletin #204: 117,457 confirmed cases, 585 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 2 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, both occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.84%, fatality rate per 1M is 207.21

Bulletin #203: 116,872 confirmed cases, 724 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 4 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, one occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.85%, fatality rate per 1M is 207.02

Bulletin #202: 116,148 confirmed cases, 777 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 10 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, none occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.86%, fatality rate per 1M is 206.63

Bulletin #201: 115,371 confirmed cases, 317 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 5 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, none occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.86%, fatality rate per 1M is 205.68

Bulletin #200: 115,054 confirmed cases, 574 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 10 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, one occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.86%, fatality rate per 1M is 205.20

Bulletin #199: 114,480 confirmed cases, 554 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 6 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, one occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.86%, fatality rate per 1M is 204.24

Bulletin #198: 113,926 confirmed cases, 576 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 11 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, none occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.87%, fatality rate per 1M is 203.67

Bulletin #197: 113,350 confirmed cases, 622 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 9 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, one occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.87%, fatality rate per 1M is 202.61

Bulletin #196: 112,728 confirmed cases, 519 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 3 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, none occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.87%, fatality rate per 1M is 201.75

Bulletin #195: 112,209 confirmed cases, 309 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 4 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, one occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.88%, fatality rate per 1M is 201.46

Bulletin #194: 111,900 confirmed cases, 234 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 3 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, one occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.88%, fatality rate per 1M is 201.08

As of 11 October at 6pm, the deadline for Bulletin #207, the most confirmed cases were persons resident in the National District (31,319) and the Santo Domingo province (24,004), 46.5% of the 118,843 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with more than 500 confirmed cases are: Santiago (13,200), La Altagracia (4,443), San Cristobal (4,382), La Vega (4,355), Duarte (2,930), La Romana (2,928), Puerto Plata (2,742), Espaillat (2,475), San Juan de la Maguana (2,091), Azua (1,975), Barahona (1,949), Sánchez Ramírez (1,765), San Pedro de Macoris (1,606), Monseñor Nouel (1,471), Peravia (1,237), Maria Trinidad Sanchez (1,152), Valverde (833), Hermanas Mirabal (779), Baoruco (757), Independencia (576), Santiago Rodriguez (570), and Pedernales (545), El Seibo (519) and San José de Ocoa (507).

The Ministry indicates that the newest allocated cases (more than 9) reported for the 10 October update deadline are: Santo Domingo (73), La Altagracia (66), National District (57), Santiago (44), Hermanas Mirabal (38), Puerto Plata (17), San Cristóbal (14), Espaillat (12) and Barahona (12).

Haiti reports 8,882 confirmed cases and 230 deaths, for the 11 October 2020 deadline.

In the Americas, the Dominican Republic is now ranked 12th in confirmed cases after the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Canada, Ecuador Bolivia and Panama.

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12 October 2020