COVID-19 pandemic in the Dominican Republic

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COVID-19 pandemic in the Dominican Republic
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Confirmed cases by province (as of 24 May 2020)
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Confirmed cases per 100 thousand inhabitants (as of 24 May 2020)
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationDominican Republic
First outbreakChina
Index caseBayahibe
Arrival date1 March 2020
(2 months, 3 weeks and 5 days)
Confirmed cases14,801[1]
Recovered8,133[1]
Deaths
458[1]
Government website
digepisalud.gob.do

The COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have reached the Dominican Republic on 1 March 2020.

Background[edit]

On 31 December 2019, the Health Commission of Wuhan, Hubei, China, informed the WHO about a cluster of acute pneumonia cases with unknown origin in its province. On 9 January 2020, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) reported the identification of a novel coronavirus (later identified as the SARS-CoV-2) as the cause.[2] The disease in China affected over 80,000 people, causing over 3,200 deaths (as of March 25, 2020) and has now spread to over 210 countries and territories across the world.[3]

Timeline[edit]

COVID-19 cases in the Dominican Republic  ()
     Deaths        Recoveries        Active cases

Mar Mar Apr Apr May May Last 15 days Last 15 days

Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-01
1
1(=)
2020-03-06
2(+100%)
2(=)
2020-03-08
5(+150%)
5(=)
2020-03-13
11(+120%)
11(=)
2020-03-16
21(+90.9%) 1(+1)
2020-03-17
34(+61.9%) 2(+1)
34(=) 2(=)
2020-03-20
112(+229.4%) 3(+1)
2020-03-21
202(+80.4%) 3(=)
2020-03-22
245(+21.3%) 3(=)
2020-03-23
312(+27.3%) 6(+3)
2020-03-24
392(+25.6%) 10(+4)
2020-03-25
488(+24.5%) 10(=)
2020-03-26
581(+19.1%) 20(+10)
2020-03-27
719(+23.8%) 28(+8)
2020-03-28
859(+19.5%) 39(+11)
2020-03-29
901(+4.9%) 42(+3)
2020-03-30
1,109(+23.1%) 51(+9)
2020-03-31
1,284(+15.8%) 57(+6)
2020-04-01
1,380(+7.5%) 60(+3)
2020-04-02
1,488(+7.8%) 68(+8)
2020-04-03
1,578(+6.0%) 77(+9)
2020-04-04
1,745(+10.6%) 82(+5)
2020-04-05
1,828(+4.8%) 86(+4)
2020-04-06
1,956(+7.0%) 98(+12)
2020-04-07
2,111(+7.9%) 108(+10)
2020-04-08
2,349(+11.3%) 118(+10)
2020-04-09
2,620(+11.5%) 126(+8)
2020-04-10
2,759(+5.3%) 135(+9)
2020-04-11
2,967(+7.5%) 173(+38)
2020-04-12
3,167(+6.7%) 177(+4)
2020-04-13
3,286(+3.8%) 183(+6)
2020-04-14
3,614(+10.0%) 189(+6)
2020-04-15
3,755(+3.9%) 196(+7)
2020-04-16
4,126(+9.9%) 200(+4)
2020-04-17
4,335(+5.1%) 217(+17)
2020-04-18
4,680(+8.0%) 226(+9)
2020-04-19
4,964(+6.1%) 235(+9)
2020-04-20
5,044(+1.6%) 245(+10)
2020-04-21
5,300(+5.1%) 260(+15)
2020-04-22
5,543(+4.6%) 265(+5)
2020-04-23
5,749(+3.7%) 267(+2)
2020-04-24
5,926(+3.1%) 273(+6)
2020-04-25
6,135(+3.5%) 278(+5)
2020-04-26
6,293(+2.6%) 282(+4)
2020-04-27
6,416(+2.0%) 286(+4)
2020-04-28
6,652(+3.7%) 293(+7)
2020-04-29
6,972(+4.8%) 301(+62)
2020-04-30
7,288(+4.5%) 313(+12)
2020-05-01
7,578(+4.0%) 326(+13)
2020-05-02
7,954(+5.0%) 333(+7)
2020-05-03
8,235(+3.5%) 346(+13)
2020-05-04
8,480(+3.0%) 354(+8)
2020-05-05
8,807(+3.9%) 362(+8)
2020-05-06
9,095(+3.3%) 373(+11)
2020-05-07
9,376(+3.1%) 380(+7)
2020-05-08
9,882(+5.4%) 385(+5)
2020-05-09
10,347(+4.7%) 388(+3)
2020-05-10
10,634(+2.8%) 393(+5)
2020-05-11
10,900(+2.5%) 402(+9)
2020-05-12
11,196(+2.7%) 409(+7)
2020-05-13
11,320(+1.1%) 422(+13)
2020-05-14
11,739(+3.7%) 424(+2)
2020-05-15
12,110(+3.2%) 428(+4)
2020-05-16
12,314(+1.7%) 428(+0)
2020-05-17
12,725(+3.3%) 434(+6)
2020-05-18
13,223(+3.9%) 441(+7)
2020-05-19
13,477(+1.9%) 446(+5)
2020-05-20
13,657(+1.3%) 448(+2)
2020-05-21
13,989(+2.4%) 456(+8)
2020-05-22
14,422(+3.1%) 458(+2)
2020-05-23
14,801(+2.6%) 458(+0)
2020-05-24
15,073(+1.8%) 460(+2)
2020-05-25
15,264(+1.3%) 468(+8)
Sources: up to 16 March 2020: various news sources, from 17 March 2020 onwards:http://digepisalud.gob.do/


First confirmed cases[edit]

On 1 March, the first case in the country and the Caribbean was confirmed. A 62-year-old man from Italy entered the country on 22 February and fell ill on 24 February, when he was transferred to Ramón Lara military hospital from the beach resort of Bayahibe.[4] On 6 March, the second case in the country was confirmed as a Canadian tourist (also vacationing in Bayahibe) was detected.[5] On 8 March, three more cases were confirmed from Dominican tourists that came from a trip to Italy.[6] On 14 March, the Minister of Public Health, Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas, confirmed six new cases. All of the individuals had been outside of the country within the past 14 days.[7]

Local transmission[edit]

The first documented case of local transmission seems to have originated from a 56-year old Dominican woman from the town of Villa Riva on Duarte Province [8] who had traveled from Italy to the Dominican Republic on 26 February 2020.[9] The woman, named Oneida Herrera Díaz, refused to be sent to Santo Domingo to be in isolation after receiving her COVID-19 positive diagnosis, returning to her home instead.[10] She seems to have passed on the virus to her neighbour.[11] Two weeks later, Duarte Province confirmed number of cases are only surpassed by the two larger urban centers (Distrito Nacional/Santo Domingo and Santiago) in the number of cases (29) and leads in the number of casualties (4). This cluster of cases seems to have originated around those in close contact with Mrs. Herrera Díaz.[12]

San Pedro Cluster[edit]

On the week of 16 March, a number of COVID-19 cases in San Pedro de Macorís Province (including its Senator José Hazim Frappier) and the Armed Forces Colonel Kalil Haché seem to have contracted the virus during a fundraising dinner on Club 2 de Julio in the city of San Pedro de Macorís.[13][14]

Punta Cana wedding[edit]

On 14 March, a high-profile wedding in Cap Cana seemed to be the COVID-19 infection source for a number of its attendees, which included many foreign residents. The wedding received a lot of public criticism for having had a "crazy hour" theme mocking the coronavirus concerns.[15] The chancellor of the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas Maldonado would have contracted the virus from his son, who attended the said wedding and also contracted COVID-19.[16]

Costa Favolosa cruise ship[edit]

Twenty Dominican doctors were exposed to the virus while celebrating their 30-year medical school graduation anniversary on board the Costa Favolosa cruise ship around the Caribbean. They started the journey on March 2, and before landing on 9 March, at least five in the Dominican party presented COVID-19 symptoms, and later tested as positive for the virus.[17]

First death and notorious casualties[edit]

The first COVID-19-related death was announced by health authorities on 16 March 2020, of a 47-year old Dominican woman who had recently traveled from Spain [11] On 24 March 2020, renowned designer Jenny Polanco, who tested positive on 15 March, died too.[18][19] On 27 March, Armed Forces Colonel Kalil Haché died at the Ramón de Lara Hospital;[20] the next day his widow died too.[21] Haché was elevated posthumously to the rank of Brigadier General. On 31 March 2020 writer René Rodríguez Soriano died.[citation needed]

Recoveries[edit]

On 23 March, the Minister of Public Health reported two recoveries, a 12-year-old child and a 26-year-old woman.[22]

Management[edit]

First measures[edit]

A number of schools and universities suspended classes due to COVID-19 concerns on March 16 and 17, with many switching to virtual learning platforms.[23]

National measures[edit]

On 17 March, President Danilo Medina gave an address to the nation and declared a state of emergency, announcing a series of measures to try and stop the spread of the virus.[24] He ordered all land, sea, and air borders be closed for the next 15 days, taking effect as of 19 March. Additionally, all commercial business activity will be suspended, with the exception of supermarkets, convenience stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. Schools will remain closed through 13 April, and public employees who are 60 years of age or over, or those with a pre-existing health condition, must stay confined to their residences.[citation needed]

On 20 March 2020, the government decreed a mandatory night curfew from 8pm to 6am until 3 April. Only doctors and health workers, journalists, and guardsmen were exempt.[25] However, many residents in the Greater Santo Domingo area resisted the measure; on the first night, 1,714 were arrested during the curfew.[26] On the second night, 2,102 were arrested during the curfew.[27]

On 26 March 2020, the government extended the night curfew schedule to 13 hours: from 5pm to 6am.[28]

Local measures[edit]

A number of provinces have decided to limit access to their territories to avoid contagion from COVID-19, such as San José de Ocoa,[29] and El Seibo, which remained case-free (as of 26 March).[30] Other provinces in case-free areas are asking their authorities for similar measures.[31]

International aid[edit]

On 3 April 2020, the World Bank released US$150 million to support the Dominican Republic's efforts to contain COVID-19.[32]

Statistics[edit]

Casos confirmados del COVID-19, al 03/28/2020
Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 05/17/2020.


COVID-19 growth from 03/18/2020 through 05/17/2020. Source: Minister of Public Health
As of 17 May
Province Cases Deaths Recoveries
Azua 25 1 1
Baoruco 4 0 1
Barahona 35 1 5
Dajabón 3 0 1
Distrito Nacional 1457 35 305
Duarte 557 74 72
El Seibo 4 0 0
Elías Piña 1 0 0
Espaillat 162 5 22
Hato Mayor 11 2 0
Hermanas Mirabal 145 11 17
Independencia 1 0 1
La Altagracia 109 1 23
La Romana 97 2 8
La Vega 414 7 36
María Trinidad Sánchez 79 3 5
Monseñor Nouel 162 3 12
Monte Cristi 1 0 0
Monte Plata 13 0 2
Pedernales 3 0 0
Peravia 37 1 2
Puerto Plata 185 11 12
Sánchez Ramírez 138 6 3
Samaná 21 1 8
San Cristóbal 138 4 6
San José de Ocoa 4 2 0
San Juan 43 3 1
San Pedro de Macorís 56 7 8
Santiago Rodríguez 24 1 0
Santiago 719 43 84
Santo Domingo 1057 38 125
Valverde 32 2 3
Total 5749 267 763
Source: http://digepisalud.gob.do

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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