Covid-19 in Dominican Republic & Government measures
As per the surveillance published on 3rd Apr 2020, Dominican Republic has in total has 1380 confirmed cases and 60 deaths. The first case was confirmed on 1st Mar 2020. The first cases confirmed was a 62-year-old Italian tourist who entered the country on 22nd February. On 6th March, the second case in the country was confirmed as a Canadian tourist was detected. On 8th March, three more cases were confirmed from Dominican tourists that came from a trip to Italy.
Following are the key measures taken by the Government to combat the virus;
- All schools and universities have been suspended due to COVID-19 concerns on March 16 and 17, with many switching to virtual learning platforms until 13th
- President Danilo Medina on 17th Mar 2020 addressed the nation and declared a state of emergency, announcing a series of measures to try and stop the spread of the virus.
- The government 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.
- All public employees who are 60 years of age or over, with a pre-existing health condition, are advised to stay confined to their residences.
- On 20 Mar 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. Many residents in the Greater Santo Domingo area resisted the measure; on the first night, 1,714 and on the second night, 2,102 were arrested during the curfew.
- On 26 Mar 2020, the government extended the night curfew schedule to 13 hours: from 5pm to 6am.
- On 3 Apr 2020, the World Bank released US$150 million to support the Dominican Republic’s efforts to contain COVID-19.
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