COVID-19 pandemic in the Dominican Republic

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COVID-19 pandemic in the Dominican Republic
Confirmed cases by province (as of 11 May 2020)
Confirmed cases per 100 thousand inhabitants (as of 11 May 2020)
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationDominican Republic
First outbreakChina
Index caseBayahibe
Arrival date1 March 2020
(3 years, 6 months, 2 weeks and 3 days)
Confirmed cases11,196[1]
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic in the Dominican Republic is part of the ongoing global viral pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which was confirmed to have spread to the Dominican Republic on 1 March 2020.

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.[2] On 6 March, the second case in the country was confirmed as a Canadian tourist (also vacationing in Bayahibe) was detected.[3]

On 14 March, a large wedding in Cap Cana was the COVID-19 infection source for a number of its attendees.[4] 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.[5]

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.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Coronavirus Update (Live): 928,319 Cases and 46,512 Deaths from COVID-19 Virus Outbreak - Worldometer". Retrieved 2020-04-01.
  2. |url=Dominican Republic confirms the first case of coronavirus |">"Dominican Republic confirms the first case of coronavirus". Archived from the original on 1 March 2020. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  3. Post, The Jakarta. "Canadian tourist is second Dominican Republic virus case". The Jakarta Post.
  4. "Se desconoce cantidad de contagiados en boda de Punta Cana, "fuente principal" de propagación Covid-19". 21 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  5. "República Dominicana reporta primera muerte por coronavirus". Listín Diario. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.