The rate of contagion or transmission of the COVID-19 virus in the country has been registering a systematic reduction in recent weeks, going from 3.26 in January to 1.36 as of February 17th.
The stats indicate that each infected can transmit the virus to one person instead of more than three.
This indicator, according to the health authorities, is an encouraging figure, which is added to the fact that the positivity of the last four weeks has been showing a reduction for 30 consecutive days, as well as the occupation of hospital beds and the incidence of seven days per 100,000 inhabitants that has been decreasing until reaching 59.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The details were given by Doctors Eddy Pérez Then, advisor to the Ministry of Public Health on COVID-19 matters and the National Director of Epidemiology, Ronald Skewes, who assure that constant monitoring of the behavior of the virus is maintained in the country, during the press conference that takes place every Wednesday.
They pointed out that the stats show a light at the end of the tunnel, which is complemented by the start of vaccination against the virus.
Meanwhile, the country reported 15 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths caused by the disease to 2,990 since its detection in Dominican territory.
Likewise, 686 new positive cases of the viruses reported in the last 24 hours were diagnosed, adding 231,737 registered cases, of which 48,577 are reported as active cases.
The country’s fatality rate is 1.29 percent.
The positivity of the samples processed yesterday was at 18.21 percent, while that of the last four weeks was established at 14.84 percent.
Since yesterday, in bulletin number 335 issued yesterday, the General Directorate of Epidemiology began to notify the registry of antigen tests that are carried out in the country, separate from those of PCR.
Of the 7,576 tests processed in the last 24 hours in the country, 7,017 were PCR, and 559 were antigenic tests, the results of which are obtained in around 20 minutes.
The Director-General of Epidemiology, Dr. Ronald Skewes, confirmed that in the Dominican Republic three cases of diphtheria have been confirmed so far this year and that another is under investigation, but so far no case is related to the other, thus an outbreak is not in question.
He explained that the cases were detected in Neiba, Baní, and San Cristóbal and were identified as a result of the work carried out by the epidemiological surveillance system of the Ministry of Public Health.