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Coronavirus Covid-19 Bulletin #334/ 15 February 2021

The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #334 reports 532 new PCR cases for the Monday, 15 February 2021 deadline. The cases compare to the 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases that is 759.

The number of PCR-confirmed cases is at 231,095 for the 15 February bulletin. Labs carried out 3,205 first PCR tests. The number of tests compares with the 14-day average that is 6,242. The average has increased after countries abroad are requesting a PCR test for return travel. The country can process 14,000 PCR tests a day. Overall, the demand for tests is up. The government says sufficient PCR tests are available.

Private labs have special facilities for those requiring results in time for travel abroad. Results of PCR tests can be had in 24 hours for those presenting a valid airline ticket at Referencia Lab branches in Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata, La Romana and Punta Cana. Antigen tests results can be had in three hours at Referencia and Amadita labs in the same locations. Nevertheless, travelers are recommended to make arrangements with extra time.

Canada and Spain are requiring all entering that country to show negative results of a PCR test carried out within 72 hours before the traveler’s scheduled departure to those countries. The US requires travelers show negative antigen or PCR test results taken within 72 hours of the arrival to US territory.

The 4-week positivity rate is 15.15%, continuing on a downward. The 24-hour positivity for the day is 16.60%, up from the previous day. The positivity numbers also reflect the large numbers of healthy persons that are testing for travel abroad. Nevertheless, the good news is that the number of reported active cases is now 49,023, down (-435) from the previous day. Reported active cases in the Dominican Republic have been declining for the past 12 bulletins.

Sixteen Covid-related new deaths are recorded for the Monday, 15 February 2021 deadline, three occurring in the previous 24 hours of the deadline. The Ministry of Public health explains the large number of deaths is because of general delays in reporting by the hospitals and also the cases of complications over the holidays. The authorities register 2,975 Covid-19-related deaths since March 2020.

The government will continue the same preventive measures in place that have shown to be effective in slowing the pace of the spread of the virus. Decree 61-21 establishes that from 9 to 22 February 2021, the curfew continues to be from 7pm (up from 5pm) to 5am. There is a three-hour free transit window on Monday to Friday (to 10pm, up from 8pm), regardless of whether the day falls on a holiday. On Saturdays 12 and 19 and Sundays 15 and 22 February 2021, the curfew starts at 5pm with a three-hour commute period (until 8pm).

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 and churchgoers must keep their masks on during the service.

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 and is mandatory.

The Dominican Republic continues under a National State of Emergency. Congress authorized a 45-day extension from 12 January 2021 through 26 February. The Senate approved on 16 February 2021 another 45-day extension through April 2021.

By regional standards, the Dominican Republic has been relatively successful at treating Covid-19 and keeping the number of deaths low. For the 15 February 2021 deadline, Worldometer lists the 1M deaths per inhabitant rate for the Dominican Republic at 273. According to the same 1M deaths statistics, fewer people have died of Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic than in the United Kingdom at 1,735, Italy at 1,559, the United States at 1,501, Spain at 1,411, France at 1,267, Colombia at 1,128, Brazil at 1,124, Argentina at 1,107, Germany 790, Canada at 563, Russia at 555, all major markets for Dominican tourism and countries with overall better health systems.

As per Bulletin #334, with the deadline of 15 February 2021, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 231,095 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 15 February 2021 deadline, 2,975 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 1.29%. The fatality rate per 1M inhabitants is 284.73. Dominican physicians’ diverse treatment for the disease has been relatively successful in the region. The Ministry of Public Health reports that the country’s 284.73 fatality rate per 1M compares favorably to the average 1M inhabitants’ fatality rate for the Americas at 1,103.64.

The Ministry of Public Health report #334 indicates 28% of Covid-19 hospital beds are occupied (764 of 2,710 total available), down from the previous day. 46% of the intensive care units for Covid-19 are taken (245 of 538 beds), up slightly 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 #334: 231,095 confirmed cases, 532 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 49,023 active cases, 16 deaths are reported for the deadline, and one reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.29%, fatality rate per 1M is 284.73.

Bulletin #333: 230,563 confirmed cases, 795 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 49,458 active cases, 15 deaths are reported for the deadline, and one reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.28%, fatality rate per 1M is 283.20.

Bulletin #332: 229,768 confirmed cases, 873 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 50,036 active cases, 12 deaths are reported for the deadline, and none reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.28%, fatality rate per 1M is 281.76.

Bulletin #331: 228,895 confirmed cases, 1,131 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 50,634 active cases, 15 deaths are reported for the deadline, and 2 reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.28%, fatality rate per 1M is 280.61.

Bulletin #330: 227,764 confirmed cases, 1,050 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 50,965 active cases, 13 deaths are reported for the deadline, and 6 reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.28%, fatality rate per 1M is 279.18.

Bulletin #329: 226,714 confirmed cases, 1,242 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 51,248 active cases, 21 deaths are reported for the deadline, and 6 reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.28%, fatality rate per 1M is 277.93.

Bulletin #328: 225,472 confirmed cases, 934 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 51,403 active cases, 19 deaths are reported for the deadline, and 10 reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.28%, fatality rate per 1M is 275.92.

Bulletin #327: 224,538 confirmed cases, 419 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 51,831 active cases, 21 deaths are reported for the deadline, and four reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.28%, fatality rate per 1M is 274.11.

Bulletin #326: 224,119 confirmed cases, 721 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 52,649 active cases, 12 deaths are reported for the deadline, and two reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.27%, fatality rate per 1M is 272.10.

Bulletin #325: 223,398 confirmed cases, 1,250 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 53,353 active cases, 30 deaths are reported for the deadline, and none reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.27%, fatality rate per 1M is 270.95.

Bulletin #324: 222,148 confirmed cases, 1,722 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 53,688 active cases, 28 deaths are reported for the deadline, and nine reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.26%, fatality rate per 1M is 285.08.

Bulletin #323: 220,426 confirmed cases, 1,485 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 53,929 active cases, 26 deaths are reported for the deadline, and one reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.26%, fatality rate per 1M is 265.40.

Bulletin #322: 218,948 confirmed cases, 1,671 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 28 deaths are reported for the deadline, and eight reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.25%, fatality rate per 1M is 262.91.

Bulletin #321: 217,277 confirmed cases, 1,357 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 15 deaths are reported for the deadline, and none reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.25%, fatality rate per 1M is 260.23.

Greater Santo Domingo continues to lead in the number of reported PCR cases. As of 15 February 2021 at 6pm, the deadline for Bulletin #334, the most confirmed cases have been reported in the National District (65,377) and the Santo Domingo province (45,200). The numbers account for around 48% of the 231,095 confirmed cases nationwide.

Other provinces with more than 500 cases are: Santiago (26,176), La Vega (9,547), La Altagracia (8,640), Puerto Plata (7,364), San Cristóbal (6,825), La Romana (6,828), Duarte (6,170), Espaillat (4,908), San Juan de la Maguana (3,407), Monseñor Nouel (3,360), San Pedro de Macoris (2,996), Sánchez Ramírez (2,984), Maria Trinidad Sánchez (2,942), Azua (2,672), Barahona (2,564), Valverde (2,288), Hermanas Mirabal (2,123), Peravia (1,876), Baoruco (1,290), Monte Plata (1,110), Santiago Rodriguez (1,061), Montecristi (1,003), Independencia (927), Dajabón (926), Samaná (831), El Seibo (823), San José de Ocoa (770), Hato Mayor (695), Pedernales (622) and Elías Piña province, on the border with Haiti, is the only province to register less than 500 cases. Elías Piña reports 397 cases as of the 15 February 2021 deadline.

The Ministry indicates that the newest allocated cases (more than 9) reported for 15 February 2021 update deadline are: National District (161), Santo Domingo (75), Santiago (40), Puerto Plata (30), La Romana (30), Hato Mayor (29), Azua (26), San Cristóbal (25), Sánchez Ramírez (20), Barahona (17), San Pedro de Macorís (13), La Altagracia (11), Espaillat (10) and María Trinidad Sánchez (10).

Haiti reports 12,192 confirmed cases and 247 deaths, for the 15 February 2021 deadline. Experts attribute the low number of deaths in Haiti in part due to extensive vaccinating of babies with the tuberculosis vaccine and widespread use of ivermectin for parasites that have raised the immunity of the population. Recent increases in political protests in Haiti seem to be behind the recent increases in Covid-19 cases.

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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15 February 2021