Since the first case of coronavirus was identified in the Dominican Republic on March 1, the virus has spread from one province to another. The latest bulletin from the Dominican Ministry of Health indicates that 18,319 people are infected with Covid-19 and the number of deaths has risen to 520. It is the country most affected by the virus in the Antilles. The measures taken by the authorities of this country tend to decrease the number of cases of contamination for a week. Containment remains in some industries, but life is gradually resuming. Schools and universities are not yet allowed to operate due to the persistence of contamination and death. Health measures are being strengthened all over the country to counter the spread of the virus.

In all likelihood, for the past 20 years, this is the first time that the Dominican economy has not grown in line with the expectations of the authorities in the eastern part of the island. The drop in production in all areas in order to fight the Covid-19 will have repercussions on the gross domestic product in 2020. One of the vital sectors of the economy of this country will not be able to increase this year GDP growth. This is tourism, a sector that is important in the Dominican economy. Hotels, restaurants and other industries that depend on tourism will suffer this year due to the pandemic that has spread across the country.

With good press in North America and Europe, the Dominican Republic has not made the headlines in the international press despite being the country most affected by coronavirus in the West Indies. French television prefers to question the behavior of the virus in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. “Why are there 10 times more cases in the Dominican Republic than in Haiti?” Wonders a presenter from France 24. It is not a subject that makes the headlines in the American press to stigmatize the country of Juan Bosch as the one most affected by Covid-19 in the region. In the case of Haiti, the largest number of cases of Covid-19 in the Caribbean would make the headlines of the powerful American, French and Canadian media. Continue reading.

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