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Dominican Republic: Lack of PCR Testing Prevents Halt of Coronavirus

Although 42,615 diagnostic PCR tests have been processed in the Dominican Republic to date, confirming the existence of Covid-19 in the patient, an equivalent number, according to the authorities, to the same number of people studied, it is insufficient to determine the actual behavior of the epidemic in the country.

This, in addition, becomes a difficulty in specifying the precise moment in which the measures of economic opening and social isolation imposed can be made more flexible, as explained by Dr. Fulgencio Severino, an expert in health systems, pointing out that countries who have proposed flexibility in isolation and quarantine policies have done so after conducting diagnostic tests on 2% of the population.

In the Dominican Republic, the specialist points out, 0.3% of the population has been tested, so without first completing the more than 200,000 tests, there is a risk of deepening the health crisis.

He understands that the lack of diagnostic tests is a sign of deficiency in the management of the epidemic by the government and, together with deficiencies in confinement, social distancing and quarantine, could cause a major health crisis and high mortality from Covid-19 in the country.

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Yesterday, when publishing the daily report on the behavior of Covid-19 in the country, the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas, reported that to date 42,615 PCR tests have been processed and that they are equivalent to the same number. of people studied.

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