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Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #208/12 October 2020

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #208 reports 165 new confirmed cases. 1,525 PCR tests were carried out in time for the bulletin deadline. This is the lowest number of tests carried out after the authorities’ change at the Ministry of Public Health. It compares to the 14-day average of 3,649 tests, excluding the low number of PCR confirmed tests recorded for Bulletin #208.

The 24-hour positivity rate is now at a low 10.82%. The 4-week positivity rate continues to decline and is at 13.25%. The 26 September bulletin (#192) reported a positivity rate under 10%, but this climbed again after the Mercedes Day long weekend mingling and the curfew reduction resulted in many new cases.

The Ministry of Public Health reports active cases are now at 21,884, down 248 cases from the previous report.

Regardless, local epidemiologists continue to alert the population that the spread of the virus comes and goes. The Abinader administration has requested that Congress pass an extension of the National State of Emergency. 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 #208, with the deadline of 12 October 2020, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 119,008 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020.

The health ministry reported the processing of 1,525 first PCR tests, about half of the previous day. 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 2,183, including four 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 208.93. The Ministry of Public Health reports that the average 1M inhabitants’ fatality rate for the Americas is 571.

Worldometer lists the 1M deaths per inhabitant rate for the Dominican Republic at 201. 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 708, the United States at 664, the United Kingdom at 633, Italy 600, Colombia 548, Argentina 534, France 502 and Canada at 255, all major source markets for Dominican tourism.

The Ministry of Public Health report indicates that the occupancy of hospital beds continues to decline. 20% of Covid-19 hospital beds are occupied (658 of 3,355 total available). 30% of the intensive care units for Covid-19 are taken (158 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 #208: 119,008 confirmed cases, 165 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 1.83%, fatality rate per 1M is 208.93

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

As of 12 October at 6pm, the deadline for Bulletin #208, the most confirmed cases were reported for the National District (31,344) and the Santo Domingo province (24,024). The numbers account for 46.5% of the 119,008 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with more than 500 confirmed cases are: Santiago (13,247), La Altagracia (4,445), San Cristobal (4,383), La Vega (4,367), Duarte (2,930), La Romana (2,950), Puerto Plata (2,767), Espaillat (2,475), San Juan de la Maguana (2,094), Azua (1,975), Barahona (1,950), Sánchez Ramírez (1,770), San Pedro de Macoris (1,608), Monseñor Nouel (1,471), Peravia (1,237), Maria Trinidad Sanchez (1,152), Valverde (833), Hermanas Mirabal (779), Independencia (576), Baoruco (757), 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 12 October update deadline are: Santiago (47), National District (25), Puerto Plata (25), La Romana (22) Santo Domingo (20) and La Vega (11).

Haiti reports 8,882 confirmed cases and 230 deaths, for the 12 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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13 October 2020