A woman wears a mask as she walks with a crowd of commuters through the World Trade Center transportation hub, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Santo Domingo, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Dominican President Danilo Medina announced that quick tests to detect the novel coronavirus, SARS-Cov-2, will be implemented throughout the country.

Addressing the nation on Wednesday, the head of State said that rapid tests will be available as of Thursday to detect the virus, which will allow knowing in a few hours whether someone is positive or negative.

Medina also indicated that the government will finance the cost of performing PCR tests to confirm the novel coronavirus from authorized private laboratories for those who ‘have a medical prescription and are 59 years old or older and some debilitating health condition, considered a risk.’

He specified the country has public health centers with beds available in isolation areas to assist confirmed patients, and capacities are expanded renting two complete private clinics, which will start operating in the coming days.

On the other hand, the head of the State announced several measures aimed at benefiting the most affected citizens at present, taking into account, as he has repeatedly reiterated that people should stay home.
According to the president, the announced decisions will be financed with sources identified for an approximate amount of up to 32,062.5 million pesos (about US$590 million), among which he mentioned the excess technical reserves the Dominican Institute for the Prevention and Protection of Labor Risks has and a loan from the Central Bank.