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So far, 259 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19. Out of that amount, 167 are women.
The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Public Health reported on Monday that the capital, Greater Santo Domingo, has run out of beds as there are now 641 hospitalized for COVID-19, which represents 100 percent of the hospitals' capacity.
Elsewhere in the country, there are 1.396 hospitalized, 268 in Intensive Care Units, 120 of these patients currently using ventilators. Notably, 259 health workers have tested positive for COVID-19. Out of that amount, 167 are women.
In response to the crisis, the recently elected government promised another 500 beds to be distributed nationally, as well as the extension of work and social assistance programs to August 2020.
The United Nations Development Program warned on July 24 that the country had implemented mass testing health interventions on only two occasions, so if the virus is not contained, government programs that were conceived as temporary transfers should be extended, increasing the fiscal cost of the measures.