August 9, 2020

Contagions rise 80% in 24 hours in Dominican R. to 202 cases

The Dominican Republic registers 202 coronavirus infections, 80% more than the day before, and three deaths from the disease, according to the bulletin released this Sunday by the Ministry of Public Health.

The Minister of Public Health, Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas, detailed in a press conference that 56 people are hospitalized and 143, in home isolation.

Sánchez Cárdenas assured that the Dominican Republic is not yet in the phase of community transmission of the virus, but warned that the data indicates that it is “walking” in that direction.

“Today we are approaching community broadcasting, but we are still in the conglomerate phase,” Sánchez Cárdenas said at a press conference held online.

With these statements, the minister referred to the fact that the majority of infections are related to three specific sources of infection: a wedding in Punta Cana, the Costa Favolosa cruise and a private party.

Among the last infected is the Dominican Foreign Minister, Miguel Vargas, who announced this Sunday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, although at the moment he does not present the symptoms of the disease.

“Today I received the test results for the COVID-19, and I have tested positive, I still have no symptoms. I urge Dominicans to follow the health instructions and the established protocol, with God we will get ahead,” Vargas said in his account. from official Twitter.

Vargas, 69, was tested after his son Miguel Paul tested positive, after having attended the wedding held in Punta Cana on March 14 as a guest, which was one of the outbreaks of contagion.

The Dominican Republic has been in a state of emergency since last Thursday, the Government has decreed the closure of borders and has closed non-essential shops and has vetoed the celebration of cultural or sports activities to try to stop the increase in infections.

The Dominican Government reported this Saturday that the country has about 450 beds for the isolation of patients with COVID-19 and is working to expand this number to between 600 or 800 in total.


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