Coronavirus in the Dominican Republic – Latest Updates

I’m a local closely following the news of coronavirus in the Dominican Republic. I created this post to provide you with the latest updates on the coronavirus regarding the Dominican Republic and its main touristic hub, Punta Cana.

For up to date information on the COVID-19 virus please visit the CDC website.

March 30, 2020

Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the Ministry of Health had been giving a daily press conference to inform the population of the situation. Today the numbers given are 901 infected, 42 deaths and 4 fully recovered patients. Several public figures in the country tested positive in the past days, the authorities increased the curfew and instead of 8:00 PM, people need to be in their homes at 5:00 PM.

March 23, 2020

The Ministry of Health gave a press conference today in which confirmed 43 new cases in the country, totaling 245 cases, 2 persons will be discharged from the hospital after being fully recovered. The death toll is 3.

March 18, 2020

34 cases and 2 deaths have been confirmed in Dominican territory. Today, Congress will be reviewing a request from the president to declare a state of emergency for 25 days in order to avoid further spreading of the virus.

March 15, 2020

There are 6 new cases of COVID-19 to bring the total up to 11 cases. Dominican authorities say that all cases have been imported and that there’s no community transmission yet. (source)

All flights suspended, starting on Monday 16th at 6:00 am, from China, Korea, Iran, and ALL European countries. (source)

Venezuela suspends all flights to and from the Dominican Republic.

March 13, 2020

Here’s a video update on the current active COVID-19 cases in the Dominican Republic.

March 12, 2020

5 Confirmed cases in the Dominican Republic, they are all in quarantine. Video update coming tomorrow with all the details.

March 05, 2020

Here’s a video update on the current situation.

March 02, 2020

Another French man suspected of having COVD-19 has been cleared by the Dominican authorities. Only one (1) case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the DR. (source)

The Italian man under quarantine with the COVID-19 infection entered the country through La Romana airport and stayed at the Viva Dominicus Beach hotel in Bayahibe while asymptomatic. (source)

March 01, 2020

Today the first case of coronavirus in the country has been confirmed, an Italian citizen that arrived in the country on February 22nd. According to the Ministry of Health, the patient is stable and is currently in quarantine.

February 28, 2020

As of today, there are no confirmed cases in the Dominican territory, however, 30 people are under surveillance by the Ministry of Health. 27 of them recently traveled to mainland China and 3 to Italy. (source)

February 18, 2020

Still NO new cases of COVID-19 in the Dominican Republic. Below is a map compiled by the United States’ CDC with countries where the virus is confirmed marked blue.


February 11, 2020

As of today, there are still NO reported cases in the country.

The travelers that were in quarantine have been released. All were cleared of suspicion of being infected by the 2019-nCoV.

February 7, 2020

The health ministry is closely monitoring 17 travelers that have been in China in the last 14 days.

5 of those foreign nationals are under quarantine in a military teaching hospital following international protocol. Preliminary tests came back negative for coronavirus (2019-nCoV). (source)

February 6, 2020

As of today, there are still NO reported cases in the Dominican Republic.


February 5, 2020

The health minister of the Dominican Republic said today that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus is NOT present in the country. (source)

Rumors are circulating internally that the virus reached the country but they have been categorically debunked by local authorities and confirmed in the global map tracking the virus.

February 4, 2020

There are still no reported cases of the 2019-nCoV in the Dominican Republic. (source)

January 28, 2020

There are no reported cases of the Wuhan Coronavirus in the Dominican Republic. (source)
Dominican public health minister met with the Chinese Ambassador to discuss Chinese citizens’ mobility between the two countries. As of today there no passenger or cargo flight restrictions following recommendations from the World Health Organization. (source)

January 27, 2020

Danilo Medina, the president of the Dominican Republic had a meeting with the country’s health authorities to evaluate the official response and readiness to the Coronavirus should it reach the DR.
According to a press release from the government, precautions are being taken to protect the general population.
The health minister announced that Dominican authorities are working with the Panamerican Health Organization to handle eventual suspect cases of infected patients. (source)

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