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Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #216 / 20 October 2020

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #216 reports 425 new PCR confirmed cases. The number might well include the case of Public Health Minister Plutarco Arias. On Wednesday, 21 October 2020 it was reported he had tested positive.

3,304 first PCR tests were carried out in time for the deadline of Bulletin #216. The previous 14-day average is 3,454 tests. Covid-19 specialist at the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Eddy Perez Then says that the number of tests is low because less people are requesting the test at labs around the country.

The 24-hour positivity rate is at 12.86% and the 4-week positivity rate continues to decline and is at 12.15%, a new low. The Ministry of Public Health reports active cases are now at 20,141 cases, down from 20,498 cases, and maintaining a downward trend.

Nevertheless, the country continues under the declaration of 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 in other countries worldwide affected by pandemic fatigue. There continue to be sporadic spikes in Greater Santo Domingo and the provinces. The 165 cases reported for the National District are a recent high.

This situation is why the Ministry of Public Health continues to recommend keeping curfew and preventive measures. The curfew is in effect through 11 November 2020, from 9pm to 5am Monday to Friday, and 7pm to 5am on Saturdays and Sundays.

As per Bulletin #216, with the deadline of 20 October 2020, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 122,398 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020. Partial curfew has been in place since 18 March 2020.

The number of deaths is 2,206, including two deaths recorded and none 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 1.80% over the past four weeks. The fatality rate per 1M inhabitants is 211.13. The Ministry of Public Health reports that the average 1M inhabitants’ fatality rate for the Americas is 588.

Worldometer lists the 1M deaths per inhabitant rate for the Dominican Republic at 203. According to the 1M deaths statistics, people are less likely to die of Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic than in Spain at 735, Brazil at 730, the United States at 685, the United Kingdom at 649, Italy 609, Argentina 598, Colombia 573, France 521 and Canada 260, all major source markets for Dominican tourism.

The Ministry of Public Health report #216 indicates that the occupancy of hospital beds continues to decline. 20% of Covid-19 hospital beds are occupied (661 of 3,351 total available). 30% of the intensive care units for Covid-19 are taken (157 of 523 beds).

The past 14 days bulletin results are:

Bulletin #216: 122,398 confirmed cases, 425 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 2 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, none having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.80%, fatality rate per 1M is 211.13

Bulletin #215: 121,973 confirmed cases, 306 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 1 death reported in the past 24 hours, none having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.81%, fatality rate per 1M is 210.94

Bulletin #214: 121,667 confirmed cases, 320 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 4 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, none occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.81%, fatality rate per 1M is 210.84

Bulletin #213: 121,347 confirmed cases, 422 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 4 deaths reported in the past hours, of these, none occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.81%, fatality rate per 1M is 210.46

Bulletin #212: 120,925 confirmed cases, 475 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 1.82%, fatality rate per 1M is 210.08

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

As of 20 October at 6pm, the deadline for Bulletin #216, the most confirmed cases were reported for the National District (32,126) and the Santo Domingo province (24,724). The numbers account for 46% of the 122,398 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with more than 500 confirmed cases are: Santiago (13,534), La Altagracia (4,621), San Cristobal (4,520), La Vega (4,520), La Romana (3,059), Puerto Plata (3,023), Duarte (3,014), Espaillat (2,536), San Juan de la Maguana (2,153), Azua (2,000), Barahona (1,973), Sánchez Ramírez (1,795), San Pedro de Macoris (1,672), Monseñor Nouel (1,505), Peravia (1,282), Maria Trinidad Sanchez (1,173), Valverde (876), Hermanas Mirabal (850), Baoruco (817), Independencia (611), Santiago Rodriguez (590), Pedernales (545), El Seibo (536) and San José de Ocoa (516).

The Ministry indicates that the newest allocated cases (more than 9) reported for the 20 October update deadline are: Santo Domingo (91), National District (165), Duarte (15), Santiago (14), San Cristóbal (12), San Pedro de Macorís (11) and La Vega (10).

Haiti reports 8,979 confirmed cases and 231 deaths, for the 20 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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21 October 2020