The Ministry of Public Health’s Epidemiology Department Coronavirus Bulletin #341 reports 328 new PCR cases for the Monday, 22 February 2021 deadline. The cases compare to the 7-day nationwide average for PCR confirmed cases that is 764.
The number of PCR-confirmed cases is at 236,210 as of the 22 February bulletin. Labs carried out 2,281 first PCR tests. The number of tests compares with the 14-day average that is 5,374. The country can process 14,000 PCR tests a day. 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 13.40%, continuing with the downward trend. The 24-hour positivity for the day is 14.38%, up from the previous day. The best news is that the number of reported active cases continues to decline and is now at 46,450, down (-420) from the previous 24 hours. Reported active cases in the Dominican Republic have been declining for the past 19 bulletins.
Nine Covid-related new deaths are recorded for the Monday, 22 February 2021 deadline, one occurring in the previous 24 hours of the deadline. The Ministry of Public health explains the large number of total reported deaths because of general delays in filing by the hospitals. The authorities register 3,057 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 107-21 establishes that from 23 February to 8 March 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 27 February and 6 March and Sundays 28 and 7 March 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. Theaters have resumed showings under health protocols.
Hotels and resorts continue to operate under previously established less restrictive health protocols.
The government began to vaccinate for the Covid-19 virus on 16 February 2021. The first phase of vaccinations is to the estimated 12,000 frontline staff at clinics and hospitals that see Covid-19 patients. Two first batches of 20,000 and 30,000 doses have arrived from the India Oxford-AstraZeneca manufacturing plant since 15 February 2021. The government says the next batches will be the Sinovac/Coronavac vaccine from China. During the first week of vaccinations, around 14,000 frontline workers were inoculated nationwide.
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. Mask-wearing is relaxed in beach properties.
The Dominican Republic continues under a National State of Emergency. The Presidency enacted Decree 95-21 that extends the National State of Emergency for another 45-day period from 2 March to 15 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 22 February 2021 deadline, Worldometer lists the 1M deaths per inhabitant rate for the Dominican Republic at 280. According to the same 1M deaths statistics, fewer people have died of Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic than in the United Kingdom at 1,781, Italy at 1,589, the United States at 1,544, Spain at 1,446, France at 1,294, Brazil at 1,158, Colombia at 1,151, Argentina at 1,130, Germany 820, Russia at 576 and Canada at 573, all major markets for Dominican tourism and countries with overall better health systems.
As per Bulletin #341, with the deadline of 22 February 2021, the Ministry of Public Health has registered 236,210 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 22 February 2021 deadline, 3,057 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 292.58. Dominican physicians’ diverse treatment for the disease has been relatively successful in the region. The Ministry of Public Health reports that the country’s 292.58 fatality rate per 1M compares favorably to the average 1M inhabitants’ fatality rate for the Americas at 1,136.38.
The Ministry of Public Health report #341 indicates 24% of Covid-19 hospital beds are occupied (646 of 2,707 total available), down from the previous day. 43% of the intensive care units for Covid-19 are taken (232 of 538 beds), same as 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 seven days bulletin results are:
Bulletin #341: 236,210 confirmed cases, 328 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 46,450 active cases, 10 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 292.58.
Bulletin #340: 235,882 confirmed cases, 420 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 46,870 active cases, 10 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 291.72.
Bulletin #339: 235,462 confirmed cases, 960 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 47,270 active cases, 10 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 290.76.
Bulletin #338: 234,502 confirmed cases, 904 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 47,754 active cases, 4 deaths are reported for the deadline, and none reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.29%, fatality rate per 1M is 289.80.
Bulletin #337: 233,598 confirmed cases, 930 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 47,971 active cases, 17 deaths are reported for the deadline, and none reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.29%, fatality rate per 1M is 289.42.
Bulletin #336: 232,780 confirmed cases, 1,126 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 48,371 active cases, 17 deaths are reported for the deadline, and seven reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.29%, fatality rate per 1M is 287.79.
Bulletin #335: 231,737 confirmed cases, 686 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, 48,577 active cases, 15 deaths are reported for the deadline, and three reported happening in the past 24 hours. The fatality rate is 1.29%, fatality rate per 1M is 286.17.
Greater Santo Domingo continues to lead in the number of reported PCR cases. As of 22 February 2021 at 6pm, the deadline for Bulletin #341, the most confirmed cases have been reported in the National District (66,985) and the Santo Domingo province (46,352). The numbers account for around 48% of the 236,210 confirmed cases nationwide.
Other provinces with more than 500 cases are: Santiago (26,652), La Vega (9,694), La Altagracia (8,790), Puerto Plata (7,457), La Romana (7,043), San Cristóbal (6,997), Duarte (6,234), Espaillat (4,999), San Juan de la Maguana (3,499), Monseñor Nouel (3,384), San Pedro de Macoris (3,106), Sánchez Ramírez (3,027), Maria Trinidad Sánchez (2,989), Azua (2,785), Barahona (2,585), Valverde (2,367), Hermanas Mirabal (2,199), Peravia (1,927), Baoruco (1,304), Monte Plata (1,143), Santiago Rodriguez (1,097), Montecristi (1,042), Dajabón (973), Independencia (947), El Seibo (858), Samaná (850), San José de Ocoa (786), Hato Mayor (726), Pedernales (624) and Elías Piña province, on the border with Haiti, is the only province to register less than 500 cases. Elías Piña reports 400 cases as of the 22 February 2021 deadline.
The Ministry indicates that the newest allocated cases (more than 9) reported for 22 February 2021 update deadline are: National District (105), Santo Domingo (68), Santiago (64), Puerto Plata (15), La Altagracia (14) and La Romana (13).
Haiti reports 12,309 confirmed cases and 247 deaths, for the 22 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.
23 February 2021