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Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #243 / 16 November 2020

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #243 reports 494 new PCR confirmed cases. The 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases is now at 509 tests.

3,221 first PCR tests were carried out in time for the 16 November report deadline. The 14-day average is 3,569 tests. President Abinader announced on 16 November that the country has the capacity to process 10,000 PCR tests a day and is not doing so because the demand has not been there.

The 4-week positivity rate is up slightly to 10.19%, while the 24-hour positivity is 15.34%. The number of reported active cases has risen slightly to 21,646.

Regardless, the Ministry of Public Health Covid-19 team has been reporting a marked decline in demand for tests for the past month. The government has made available more fixed stations for testing and expanded services at public hospitals to catch the disease early and isolate sick people. Yet, the Ministry complains people are not showing up to test themselves early. Testing is free through 23 November 2020 at the Galeria 360 shopping mall in Santo Domingo, another effort by the government to reach out to the population.

Meanwhile, 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 could lead to the same virus flare-ups that have affected other countries worldwide. The changes are due to pandemic fatigue and the cooler weather in the northern hemispheres leading to people gathering inside. There continue to be sporadic outbreaks in Greater Santo Domingo and the provinces.

This situation is why the Ministry of Public Health continues to recommend keeping curfew and preventive measures. President Luis Abinader himself has said that relaxing measures could lead to the surges in cases seen abroad. Dr. Ronald Skewes, director of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health, is against reducing the restrictions. And Administrative Minister Jose Ignacio Paliza said that the Dominican government has no plans to reduce restrictions because they are working and “health is first.”

Public Health Minister Plutarco Arias recommends declaring Christmas Eve a holiday on 24 December and that Dominican families gather for lunch rather than the traditional dinner on the day. The curfew hours are from 9pm to 5am Monday to Friday, and 7pm to 5am on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

As per Bulletin #243, with the deadline of 16 November 2020, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 134,697 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 2,290, including four deaths recorded and none in the past 24 hours.

In a population of more than 10 million, the fatality rate is 1.70% over the past four weeks. This number has been consistently dropping for the past two months. The fatality rate per 1M inhabitants is 219.19. The Ministry of Public Health reports that the average 1M inhabitants’ fatality rate for the Americas is 656.

Worldometer lists the 1M deaths per inhabitant rate for the Dominican Republic at 210. According to the 1M deaths statistics, less people have died of Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic than in Spain at 882, Brazil at 779, Argentina 788, the United States at 762, the United Kingdom at 767, Italy 769, Colombia 670, France 690 and Canada 292, all major markets for Dominican tourism.

The Ministry of Public Health report #243 keeps the trend for more demand for ICU units. 20% of Covid-19 hospital beds are occupied (643 of 3,221 total available). 36% of the intensive care units for Covid-19 are taken (189 of 531 beds).

The past 14 days bulletin results are:

Bulletin #243: 134,697 confirmed cases, 494 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 4 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, none in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.70%, fatality rate per 1M is 219.17.

Bulletin #242: 134,203 confirmed cases, 479 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 1 death is reported in the past 24 hours, the same one that occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.70%, fatality rate per 1M is 218.79.

Bulletin #241: 133,724 confirmed cases, 499 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 2 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, none having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.71%, fatality rate per 1M is 218.69.

Bulletin #240: 133,225 confirmed cases, 671 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 2 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, none having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.71%, fatality rate per 1M is 218.40.

Bulletin #239: 132,554 confirmed cases, 918 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 6 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, none having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.72%, fatality rate per 1M is 218.21.

Bulletin #238: 131,636 confirmed cases, 371 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 2 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, none having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.73%, fatality rate per 1M is 217.64.

Bulletin #237: 131,265 confirmed cases, 134 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 3 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, none having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.73%, fatality rate per 1M is 217.45.

Bulletin #236: 131,131 confirmed cases, 528 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 2 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, none having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.73%, fatality rate per 1M is 217.16.

Bulletin #235: 130,603 confirmed cases, 421 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 2 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, one having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.74%, fatality rate per 1M is 216.97.

Bulletin #234: 130,182 confirmed cases, 537 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 2 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, one having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.74%, fatality rate per 1M is 216.78.

Bulletin #233: 129,645 confirmed cases, 345 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 2 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, two having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.75%, fatality rate per 1M is 216.59.

Bulletin #232: 129,300 confirmed cases, 476 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 1 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, one having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.75%, fatality rate per 1M is 216.39.

Bulletin #231: 128, 824 confirmed cases, 546 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 3 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, none having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.76%, fatality rate per 1M is 216.30.

Bulletin #230: 128, 278 confirmed cases, 430 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 5 deaths are reported in the past 24 hours, two having occurred in the past 24 hours, fatality is 1.76%, fatality rate per 1M is 216.01.

As of 16 November at 6pm, the deadline for Bulletin #243, the most confirmed cases were reported in the National District (35,160) and the Santo Domingo province (27,289). The numbers account for 46% of the 134,697 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with more than 500 confirmed cases are: Santiago (14,681), La Vega (5,164), La Altagracia (4,948), San Cristobal (4,868), Puerto Plata (3,544), Duarte (3,556), La Romana (3,355), Espaillat (2,781), San Juan de la Maguana (2,301), Barahona (2,074), Azua (2,051), Sánchez Ramírez (2,018), Monseñor Nouel (1,893), San Pedro de Macoris (1,782), Peravia (1,353), Maria Trinidad Sanchez (1,272), Baoruco (987), Hermanas Mirabal (985), Valverde (972), Independencia (688), Santiago Rodriguez (658), Monte Plata (595), San José de Ocoa (570), Pedernales (564), El Seibo (547) and Samaná (547).

The Ministry indicates that the newest allocated cases (more than 9) reported for Monday, 16 November 2020 update deadline are: National District (156), Santo Domingo (164), Santiago (60), La Vega (40), La Romana (20) and La Altagracia (11).

Haiti reports 9,188 confirmed cases and 232 deaths, for the 16 November 2020 deadline. The number of deaths for Haiti has not been maintained since 26 October. The Ministry of Health in Haiti has reported a spike in cases, but has not updated the statistics.

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

See the Ministry of Public Health Epidemiology Covid-19 bulletins
John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
University of Washington Health Data
University of Oxford Covid Tracker
Worldometer
Our World in Data
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17 November 2020