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Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #211 / 15 October 2020

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #211 reports 384 new PCR confirmed cases. 3,906 first PCR tests were carried out in time for the bulletin deadline. The 14-day average is 3,630 tests.

The 24-hour positivity rate is at 9.83%, the lowest so far this year. The 4-week positivity rate continues to decline and is at 12.54%. The Ministry of Public Health reports active cases are now at 21,375, down 350 cases.

The country, nevertheless, continues under a National State of Emergency at least through 1 December 2020. The Ministry of Public Health is concerned that home and friends gatherings and increased mobility can bring virus flare-ups as has occurred in other countries around the world affected by pandemic fatigue. This situation is why the Ministry of Public Health continues to recommend keeping curfew and preventive measures. The curfew is in effect through 17 October 2020, from 9pm to 5am Monday to Friday, and 7pm to 5am on Saturdays and Sundays. It is likely to be extended this week.
As per Bulletin #211, with the deadline of 15 October 2020, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 120,066 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020. Partial curfew has been in place since 18 March 2020.

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 2,192, including two 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 1.82% over the past four weeks. The fatality rate per 1M inhabitants is 209.79. The Ministry of Public Health reports that the average 1M inhabitants’ fatality rate for the Americas is 577.

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 718, Brazil at 717, the United States at 673, the United Kingdom at 639, Italy 603, Colombia 558, Argentina 559 and France 507, and Canada (257), all major source markets for Dominican tourism.

The Ministry of Public Health report #211 indicates that the occupancy of hospital beds continues to decline. 20% of Covid-19 hospital beds are occupied (654 of 3,351 total available). 30% of the intensive care units for Covid-19 are taken (158 of 525 beds). Health Minister Plutarco Arias says that the emphasis is on detecting the cases early on, so fewer persons now require hospitalization. The number of Covid-19 hospital beds has been gradually declining as demand for these has been declining.

The past 14 days bulletin results are:
Bulletin #211: 120,450 confirmed cases, 384 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 1.82%, fatality rate per 1M is 209.79
Bulletin #210: 120,066 confirmed cases, 404 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 1.82%, fatality rate per 1M is 209.50
Bulletin #209: 119,662 confirmed cases, 165 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 1.83%, fatality rate per 1M is 209.22
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

As of 15 October at 6pm, the deadline for Bulletin #211, the most confirmed cases were reported for the National District (31,664) and the Santo Domingo province (24,320). The numbers account for 46.5% of the 120,450 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with more than 500 confirmed cases are: Santiago (13,357), La Altagracia (4,509), San Cristobal (4,431), La Vega (4,434), La Romana (2,977), Duarte (2,947), Puerto Plata (2,903), Espaillat (2,493), San Juan de la Maguana (2,111), Azua (1,979), Barahona (1,965), Sánchez Ramírez (1,776), San Pedro de Macoris (1,644), Monseñor Nouel (1,491), Peravia (1,245), Maria Trinidad Sanchez (1,156), Valverde (854), Hermanas Mirabal (828), Baoruco (817), Independencia (601), Santiago Rodriguez (584), Pedernales (545), El Seibo (532) and San José de Ocoa (514).

The Ministry indicates that the newest allocated cases (more than 9) reported for the 15 October update deadline are: National District (95), Santo Domingo (80), Santiago (53), Puerto Plata (35), La Vega (17), San Cristóbal (17), San Pedro de Macorís (13) and Monseñor Nouel (11).

Haiti reports 8,925 confirmed cases and 231 deaths, for the 15 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.

See the Ministry of Public Health epidemiological
bulletins
https://coronavirusrd.gob.do

John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/
University of Washington Health Data http://www.healthdata.org/covid
University of Oxford Covid Tracker https://www.bsg.ox.ac.uk/research/research-projects/coronavirus-government-response-tracker
Worldometer https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries
Our World in Data https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus
SICA https://www.sica.int/coronavirus

16 October 2020