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All 5 COVID deaths reported in Dominica are unvaccinated, says National Epidemiologist

Dominica has confirmed a 100% mortality rate among the unvaccinated ones as all five deaths reported in Dominica were unvaccinated

Roseau: Dominica has confirmed a 100% mortality rate among the unvaccinated ones as all five deaths reported in Dominica were unvaccinated, said National Epidemiologist Dr Salauddin Ahmed on Friday evening. 

Dominica has confirmed 47 new cases of COVID-19 on September 2, 2021 bringing a total number of active cases to 684. Out of all positive cases 11 are tested through RT-PCR and other 673 were tested with Rapid Antigen Testing. 

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According to data provided by the Ministry of Health, 1,239 persons have been fully recovered from the infection, whereas, the ministry has confirmed 5 COVID-19 related deaths. 44% of the target population are now fully vaccinated and additionally, 5% of people have received their first dose of vaccination against COVID-19. 

Dr Shalauddin Ahmed, National Epidemiologist said during a press briefing that out of total 1107 antigen-positive cases, 272 persons were vaccinated while other 835 persons were unvaccinated. Therefore, it is concluded that 75% of the persons who tested positive for COVID-19 were unvaccinated. 

Divulging details, Epidemiologist said that about 24% of vaccinated persons have symptoms of COVID-19, while 76% of persons with symptoms are unvaccinated. There were total of 513 cases that diagnosed symptoms and 125 persons were vaccinated as 388 were unvaccinated. 

“On average, we have had approximately 70 new cases per day for the past week. Notably, we have avoided a steep rise of the cases due to public health measures taken, along with the restrictions in movement, this has helped tremendously to flatten the curve,” said Dr Ahmed. 

Cases remain concentrated in the Roseau Health District. The ages of the patients range from 3 weeks to 103 years old, with a median age of 33 years. “in this surge, the main contributed to the increase in cases is a found among the unvaccinated group`(75%), this is where most symptomatic cases are present (76%). All five deaths reported in Dominica are unvaccinated.” Dr Ahmed added. 

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