The number of deaths in the Dominican Republic from the coronavirus increased from 6 to 10, while those infected rose from 312 to 392, reported on Wednesday the Minister of Public Health, Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas.
Four of the deaths correspond to the Duarte province (northeast), the first of the Dominican demarcations with cases of community transmission, and where yesterday the health authorities were evaluating the situation to reinforce the measures adopted to tackle the disease, declared a pandemic by the Organization. World Health (WHO).
70% of the deceased are men with a history of chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma and kidney failure, among other diseases, the minister said in a virtual press conference.
The average age of the deceased is 65, within a range of 41 to 84 years.
Regarding the infected, he explained that 109 are in hospital isolation, 273 in home isolation and 2 have been discharged,
Among those infected is the Dominican doctor and philanthropist Félix Antonio Cruz Jiminián, owner of the clinic that bears his name in the capital sector of Cristo Rey.
Three of the patients, including Cruz Jiminián, are in a “critical” state, according to Sánchez Cárdenas.
At the press conference, Sánchez Cárdenas insisted on the need to maintain the corresponding hygiene measures and isolation to avoid contagion.
The Dominican Republic has been in a state of emergency since last Thursday, the Government has decreed the closure of borders and has imposed a curfew from 8:00 at night to 6:00 in the morning since last Friday.
Likewise, it has closed a large part of the public administration, the “call centers”, non-essential businesses and has vetoed the celebration of cultural or sports activities to try to stop the increase in infections.
The country’s president, Danilo Medina, will address the nation tonight, his second address in nine days, to announce more measures amid the current crisis.
The Dominican Republic, which has tourism as its main source of income, last week decreed the closure of the border by land, sea and air, only allowing the departure of flights to evacuate tourists, as well as punctual openings of the border to let Haitians return to their country.