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Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #309/ 21 January 2021

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #309 reports 1,473 new PCR cases. The cases compare to the 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases that is 1,739. The past seven days have been a record week since the start of the new administration in August 2020.

The number of PCR-confirmed cases is at 201,145 for the Thursday, 21 January bulletin. Labs carried out 7,532 first PCR tests. The number of tests compares with the 14-day average, 6,500. 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 4-week positivity rate is 22.05%, on a downward trend after the increase in cases following the Christmas holidays. The 24-hour positivity for the day is 19.56%, down from the previous day. The number of reported active cases is now 52,158, up from the previous day, and a new record high.

Fourteen new deaths are reported for the Thursday, 21 January 2021 deadline, none occurring in the previous 24 hours of the deadline. The authorities register 2,496 Covid-19-related deaths since March 2020.

Restrictive lockdown measures continue in place as per Decree 37-21 to contain the disease’s spread. From 27 January to 8 February 2021, the curfew is from 7pm (up from 5pm) to 5am. There is a three-hour transit window on Monday to Friday (to 10pm, up from 8pm), regardless of whether the day falls on a holiday. On Saturdays 1 and 7 and Sundays 2 and 8 February 2021, the curfew starts at 5pm with a three-hour commute period (until 8pm). This compares to the previous more restrictive shutdown at noon.

Open-air public spaces, such as parks and boulevards, can be used for activities other than social gatherings and always complying with preventive health protocols. Gyms, restaurants and bars are allowed to reopen to 60% of their capacity. A maximum of six persons per table is allowed, among other health protocols. Religious ceremonies are allowed three days a week, as long as they keep within 60% of the capacity of the church.

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.

By regional standards, the Dominican Republic has been relatively successful at treating Covid-19 and keeping the number of deaths low. For the 21 January 2021 deadline, Worldometer lists the 1M deaths per inhabitant rate for the Dominican Republic at 229. According to the same 1M deaths statistics, fewer people have died of Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic than in Italy at 1,402, the United Kingdom at 1,410, the United States at 1,277, Spain at 1,186, Argentina at 1,025, France at 1,112, Brazil at 1,009, Colombia at 988, Germany 620 and Canada at 496, all major markets for Dominican tourism and countries with notably better health systems.

As per Bulletin #309, with the deadline of 21 January 2021, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 201,145 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 21 January 2021 deadline, 2,496 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 1.24% over the past four weeks. This rate has been consistently dropping for the past six months. The fatality rate per 1M inhabitants is 238.89. Dominican physicians’ diverse treatment for the disease has been relatively successful in the region. The Ministry of Public Health reports that the country’s 238.89 fatality rate per 1M compares favorably to the average 1M inhabitants’ fatality rate for the Americas at 939.88.

The Ministry of Public Health report #309 indicates 48% of Covid-19 hospital beds are occupied (1,305 of 2,731 total available), up from the previous day. 61% of the intensive care units for Covid-19 are taken (332 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.

The past 14 days bulletin results are:

Bulletin #309: 201,145 confirmed cases, 1,473 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 14 deaths are reported for the deadline, and none reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.24%, fatality rate per 1M is 238.89.

Bulletin #308: 199,672 confirmed cases, 1,549 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 12 deaths are reported for the deadline, and three reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.24%, fatality rate per 1M is 237.55.

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.

Greater Santo Domingo continues to lead in the number of reported PCR cases. As of 21 January 2021 at 6pm, the deadline for Bulletin #309, the most confirmed cases have been reported in the National District (56,847) and the Santo Domingo province (39,645). The numbers account for around 48% of the 201,145 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with more than 500 cases are: Santiago (22,057), La Vega (8,268), La Altagracia (7,550), San Cristóbal (6,159), Puerto Plata (6,490), La Romana (5,899), Duarte (5,640), Espaillat (4,032), Monseñor Nouel (3,117), San Juan de la Maguana (2,927), Sánchez Ramírez (2,672), San Pedro de Macoris (2,470), Azua (2,356), Barahona (2,344), Maria Trinidad Sánchez (2,491), Peravia (1,712), Hermanas Mirabal (1,643), Valverde (1,630), Baoruco (1,166), Monte Plata (916), Santiago Rodriguez (887), Independencia (858), Montecristi (800), San José de Ocoa (715), Samaná (711), El Seibo (677), Dajabón (644), Pedernales (588) and Hato Mayor (562). 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 21 January 2021 deadline.

The Ministry indicates that the newest allocated cases (more than 9) reported for 21 January 2021 update deadline are: Santiago (331), National District (294), Santo Domingo (234), Puerto Plata (113), Espaillat (84), La Vega (65), La Altagracia (62), Duarte (43), San Pedro de Macorís (39), San Cristóbal (24), Hermanas Mirabal (20), El Seibo (20), Monseñor Nouel (20), Santiago Rodríguez (19), Monte Plata (19), Azua (13) and Peravia (11).

Haiti reports 11,035 confirmed cases and 243 deaths, for the 21 January 2021 deadline. Covid-related deaths in Haiti have only increased by 11 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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23 January 2021