Dominican authorities announce new safety measures to ease tourists’ fears

The measures include inspecting hotels more often, requiring hotels to post emergency contact information in every guest room, adding more monitoring measures to medical facilities located inside hotels and opening an emergency tourist center."Given the amount of coverage that we have gotten over the last couple of months we do recognize that there may be some concern among some of the tourists," Espinal told CNN by phone. At least 10 American citizens have died after an apparent sudden health issue in the Dominican Republic since June 2018. The FBI has a team of investigators on the island assisting with the toxicology tests of three American deaths. The results of the tests will take more than the anticipated 30 days to complete, according to a US Department of State official. Island officials have also invited the ATF and the CDC to join in on the investigation. Dominican Republic authorities maintain that their own investigations revealed that the Americans died from natural causes. Espinal explained that hotels that have been inspected twice a year in the past will be inspected four times a year, including detailed food and beverage checkups. In the next few weeks, every hotel in the country will be required to post an emergency information card in every guest room with ways to contact embassies, the tourism police force and 911 services. And the qualifications of the medical personnel working inside first aid facilities at hotels will be checked for licensing requirements and training.After deaths, more tourists to Dominican Republic say they were stricken with illness While officials have not identified any Read More – Source

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