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Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #307/ 19 January 2021

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #307 reports 1,532 new PCR cases for the Tuesday, 19 January 2021 deadline. The cases compare to the 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases that is 1,677. The past seven days have been a record week since the start of the new administration in August 2020.

Labs carried out 7,041 first PCR tests. The number of tests compares with the 14-day average, 6,029. The country can process 14,000 PCR tests a day. The government says sufficient PCR tests are available. Nevertheless, private lab capacity is pressed by the increased demand for tests from the public.

The government announced the purchase of 300,000 antigen tests from South Korean GenBody supplier for application in hotels for tourists departing to the United States. The Panamerican Health Organization donated another 54,000 to the Dominican government. The US government is requiring a PCR or antigen test carried out within 72 hours of the arrival of the person to US territory.

The 4-week positivity rate is 22.30%, continuing the upward trend reflecting the increase in cases following the Christmas holidays. The 24-hour positivity for the day is 21.76%, down from the previous day. The number of reported active cases is now 49,972, up from the previous day, and a new record high.

Nine new deaths are reported for the Tuesday, 19 January 2021 deadline, two occurring in the previous 24 hours of the deadline. The authorities register 2,470 Covid-19-related deaths since March 2020.

Restrictive lockdown measures continue in place as per Decree 7-21 to contain the disease’s spread. From 11 to 26 January 2021, the curfew is from 5pm to 5am, with a three-hour transit window on Monday to Friday (to 8pm), regardless of whether the day falls on a holiday. On Saturdays 16 and 23 and Sundays 17 and 24 January 2021, the curfew starts at noon with a three-hour commute period.

Effective 11 to 26 January 2021, restaurants can open during curfew hours to 50% of their capacity and delivery is authorized until 11pm. Bars and colmadones and gyms are closed. Only those engaged in sports activities are allowed in public parks and boulevards. Sports events without public can continue. Religious events are restricted to three times a week under the health protocols in Decree 2-21.

The measures are in effect to counter the effects of increased mobility occurring especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays. The director of the National Health System (SNS), Dr. Mario Lama says the added restrictions are already showing positive effects in the statistics. Nevertheless, the stats for the deadline of 19 January 2021 show the upward trend continues.

Hotels and resorts continue to operate under previously established less restrictive health protocols.

The Ministry of Public Health continues to mandate keeping to the preventive measures of mask-wearing and physical distancing in public spaces and hand hygiene. In the cities, mask-wearing is the norm.

The Dominican Republic continues under a National State of Emergency. Congress authorized a 45-day extension starting 12 January 2021 through 26 February. Pandemic fatigue, increased mobility and home and friends’ gatherings have led to increased cases in the past month.

In December arrivals from abroad were up and the authorities cautioned those visiting family and friends to adhere to preventive measures. Tourists staying at hotels are also responsible for complying with safety protocols such as wearing masks in public spaces and keeping physical distances and hand hygiene.

By regional standards, the Dominican Republic has been relatively successful at treating Covid-19 and keeping the number of deaths low. For the 19 January 2021 deadline, Worldometer lists the 1M deaths per inhabitant rate for the Dominican Republic at 226. According to the same 1M deaths statistics, fewer people have died of Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic than in Italy at 1,385, the United Kingdom at 1,370, the United States at 1,241, Spain at 1,158, France at 1,092, Argentina at 1,014, Brazil at 992, Colombia at 965, Germany 593 and Canada at 486, all major markets for Dominican tourism and countries with notably better health systems.

As per Bulletin #307, with the deadline of 19 January 2021, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 198,123 confirmed cases since the first case on 1 March 2020. Partial curfew has been in place since 18 March 2020.

The number of deaths continues relatively low. As of the 19 January 2021 deadline, 2,470 persons are reported to have died of the disease in the Dominican Republic, a nation of more than 10.9 million people. The fatality rate is 1.25% over the past four weeks. This rate has been consistently dropping for the past five months. The fatality rate per 1M inhabitants is 236.40. Dominican physicians’ diverse treatment for the disease has been relatively successful in the region. The Ministry of Public Health reports that the country’s 236.40 fatality rate per 1M compares favorably to the average 1M inhabitants’ fatality rate for the Americas at 928.27.

The Ministry of Public Health report #307 indicates 48% of Covid-19 hospital beds are occupied (1,302 of 2,731 total available), up from the previous day. 61% of the intensive care units for Covid-19 are taken (331 of 543 beds), down from the previous day. The hospitalization statistics are for all the country. Hospitalization demand in Greater Santo Domingo, Santiago and other major cities is much higher than the national average.

Answering journalist questions during the Wednesday, 13 January 2021 Covid-19 press conference, Deputy Public Health Minister Ivelisse Acosta said if a hospital of first choice is maxed out for Covid-19, this does not mean another of the same quality is not available. She says the government is working closely with the private sector to keep an adequate level of Covid-19 hospital facilities available.

The past 14 days bulletin results are:

Bulletin #307: 198,123 confirmed cases, 1,532 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 9 deaths are reported for the deadline, and two reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.25%, fatality rate per 1M is 236.40.

Bulletin #306: 196,591 confirmed cases, 1,625 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 13 deaths are reported for the deadline, and three reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.25%, fatality rate per 1M is 235.54.

Bulletin #305: 194,966 confirmed cases, 1,848 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, five deaths are reported for the deadline, and one is reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.26%, fatality rate per 1M is 234.29.

Bulletin #304: 193,118 confirmed cases, 1,779 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, five deaths are reported for the deadline, and one is reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.26%, fatality rate per 1M is 233.24.

Bulletin #303: 191,339 confirmed cases, 2,370 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, no death is reported for the deadline, and none are reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.27%, fatality rate per 1M is 232.76.

Bulletin #302: 188,969 confirmed cases, 1,482 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, no death is reported for the deadline, and none are reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.29%, fatality rate per 1M is 232.38.

Bulletin #301: 187,487 confirmed cases, 1,104 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, no death is reported for the deadline, and none are reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.30%, fatality rate per 1M is 232.38.

Bulletin #300: 186,383 confirmed cases, 1,595 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, one death is reported for the deadline, and none are reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.30%, fatality rate per 1M is 232.38.

Bulletin #299: 184,788 confirmed cases, 1,506 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, no deaths are reported for the deadline, and none are reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.31%, fatality rate per 1M is 232.28.

Bulletin #298: 183,282 confirmed cases, 1,179 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, no deaths are reported for the deadline, and none are reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.32%, fatality rate per 1M is 232.28.

Bulletin #297: 182,103 confirmed cases, 1,459 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, three deaths are reported for the deadline, with none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.33%, fatality rate per 1M is 232.28.

Bulletin #296: 178,538 confirmed cases, 2,106 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, no deaths are reported for the deadline, with none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.34%, fatality rate per 1M is 232.00.

Bulletin #295: 178,538 confirmed cases, 1,045 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, one death is reported for the deadline, with none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.36%, fatality rate per 1M is 232.

Bulletin #294: 177,493 confirmed cases, 1,115 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, one death is reported for the deadline, with none happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.37%, fatality rate per 1M is 231.90.

Greater Santo Domingo continues to lead in the number of reported PCR cases. As of 19 January 2021 at 6pm, the deadline for Bulletin #307, the most confirmed cases have been reported in the National District (56,097) and the Santo Domingo province (39,174). The numbers account for around 48% of the 198,123 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with more than 500 cases are: Santiago (21,564), La Vega (8,160), La Altagracia (7,451), San Cristóbal (6,069), Puerto Plata (6,285), La Romana (5,886), Duarte (5,571), Espaillat (3,923), Monseñor Nouel (3,077), San Juan de la Maguana (2,884), Sánchez Ramírez (2,657), San Pedro de Macoris (2,416), Barahona (2,323), Azua (2,320), Maria Trinidad Sánchez (2,375), Peravia (1,690), Valverde (1,590), Hermanas Mirabal (1,572), Baoruco (1,165), Monte Plata (882), Independencia (845), Santiago Rodriguez (852), Montecristi (796), San José de Ocoa (699), Samaná (703), El Seibo (656), Dajabón (627), Pedernales (582) and Hato Mayor (561). Elías Piña province, on the border with Haiti, is the only province to register less than 500 cases. Elías Piña reports 326 cases for the 19 January 2021 deadline.

The Ministry indicates that the newest allocated cases (more than 9) reported for 19 January 2021 update deadline are: National District (375), Santo Domingo (303), Santiago (411), La Altagracia (58), Espaillat (47), La Vega (45), María Trinidad Sánchez (42), San Cristóbal (33), Puerto Plata (26), Montecristi (22), Santiago Rodríguez (22), Dajabón (18), Duarte (17), Samaná (16), La Romana (15), Hermanas Mirabal (14), Elías Piña (14), Azua (10), El Seibo (10) and San Juan de la Maguana (10).

Haiti reports 10,907 confirmed cases and 240 deaths, for the 19 January 2021 deadline. Covid-related deaths in Haiti have only increased by eight since 26 October 2020.

In the Americas, the Dominican Republic is now ranked 11th in confirmed cases after the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Canada, Panama and Ecuador.

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