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Dominican Republic: Mayors, parties and academies adopt measures for coronavirus

The pandemic of the coronavirus causing the covid-19 disease, of which 21 cases have been confirmed and one death in the country, has led mayors, parties, and educational and private entities to take measures to prevent the spread of the virus, including suspension of public events and online teaching in six higher education centers.

The mayors of the National District, Santo Domingo Este and Santiago announced yesterday that events in public areas would be suspended and that there would be restrictions on the areas of games and gyms for periods of between 14 and 21 days to avoid contagion due to the crowding of people.

The Santiago council was the one that established the strictest set of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, by prohibiting popular fairs, athletics and cycling marathons, municipal toilets and zumba in public areas, in addition to the closure of bars and nightclubs.

The Santo Domingo East City Council also suspended for 14 days the “ASDE Puts You in Shape” program and gave employees 65 years of age and older with equal pay.
For their part, the Modern Revolutionary (PRM) and Alianza País (AlPaís) parties instructed their leadership and militancy at the national level to suspend mass events and community campaigns.

Under virtual modality. Six higher education centers announced that face-to-face teaching is suspended and that they will teach classes under the virtual modality.
The academies that adopted this preventive measure to preserve the health of students and teachers are the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (Pucmm), the Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña (Isfodosu) and the Federico Henríquez y Carvajal (Ufhec), Eugenio María de Hostos (Uniremhos) and Experimental Félix Adam (Unefa) universities.

Another entity that announced that it would work remotely was the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE), which specified that its team will work from their homes, since the association’s offices will be closed.

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