Selin ATAY –TDO- Dominican Republic's President Danilo Medina declared a state of emergency for 45 days from Monday, July 20, due to an increase in coronavirus disease cases.

Director General of Communication Roberto Rodriguez Marchena announced the executive order on Twitter. Rodriguez stated that the order will be effective as of Tuesday for a period of 20 days then it will be reviewed based on the epidemiological evolution of COVID-19 in the country.

A previous state of emergency had been lifted on June 30, and authorities gradually began reopening the country to international tourism from July 1. International flights have resumed and many hotels on the island have reopened. However, some restrictions remain in place, including no social, economic, or recreational activities permitted between 20:00 - 05:00. Educational institutions remain closed and sporting and cultural events have been suspended. Also the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places is ratified as an “essential measure” by Rodriguez Marchena.

On Monday, 12 further COIVD-19 deaths and 1101 cases were announced, bringing the total number of cases reported by health officials in the country to 53,956, with 993 associated deaths.

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