Trapped in paradise: Day 12 in Santo Domingo with the Coronavirus


How does it look inside of the supermarket?

Alright then. I had to bite the bullet then. After I had to wait for more than an hour in front of the supermarket, I was finally admitted to entering. The whole thing reminded me of long-gone disco times when the bouncer had to be overcome to enter the club.

The only difference was that instead of fine shoes, a respirator mask is the dress code and you have been waiting in the blazing sun instead of in the dark night. But it is important to adapt to the current situation. Only the chameleon survives if it is camouflaged in the right color.

Inside the supermarket, some 50 customers rummaged through the shelves instead of the usual 200 people. The rest of the pack had to wait outside. A few shelves were empty, but still miles away from a shortage. It looks like, that there are enough supplies for everyone. No need for panic.

What was really disgraceful was this typical supermarket music, which immediately spoiled the good mood for a happy and balanced person like me:

How I hate these cover versions and the relentless saxophone and flute buzz of some pop classics … Something has to be played by a supermarket to amuse the guests, but this perfect-world-music was a real psychological punishment and was mercilessly absurd torture.

While people outside are stressed out about their waiting situation, this music absurdly pretends every customer that everything was as usual and there were no problems outside. I would have waited another hour if I had been spared the cover version of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ on the pan flute!

It is also interesting to see how the already narrow space of the city supermarket is now also taking up limited space:

The bars on the floor are designed to keep customers from getting too close. There should also only be one customer at the checkout. The checkout zone is too short anyways and has only the length of not more than a shopping cart. There isn’t any possibility to approach strangers in front of you. Even if I wanted to. But I guess that it needs these days some instructions. At least to say in the end, that ‘we tried it all’.

Of course, I was already at home well equipped with disgusting canned food and all sorts of long-lasting stomach-filling material from the last purchases before the recent incidents. But the fridge of a notorious glutton empties sooner or later as well and stocks need to be refilled. Fruits, vegetables and herbs ,in particular, have to be bought fresh and not frozen.

Let’s check how the situation in the Dominican Republic will continue to develop. The following figures are currently reported (as of March 30, 2020):

Coronavirus in the Dominican Republic (March 30)
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About 900 cases within a month. 30 a day. Not a lot, but not a little either. Unfortunately, the number of unreported cases in the Dominican Republic is much higher than the officially reported figures. We all know that.

However, the strict and drastic measures taken by the Dominican government seem to be having an effect somewhere. Otherwise, the numbers would be significantly more worrying.

I am curious to see how the numbers and the overall situation on this paradisiacal island and especially in the oldest city on the American continent will develop. I will occasionally provide my readers with the latest ‘news’.

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