Dominica: On Wednesday, in a press briefing, the National Epidemiologist of Dominica, Dr Shalauddin Ahmed, noted that the island country had reported forty-five active cases of the contagious COVID-19 virus.
He further noted that since the coronavirus pandemic has started, a total of 209 individuals have been recovered from the deadly virus and added that among the 45 active cases, 42 are locally transmitted, while the remaining 3 COVID-19 infections are imported.
So far, the island has not reported a single death amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr Ahmed, following the statement, noted that the COVID-19 patients are between 7-year-old to 64-year-old whereas 62 per cent of the total active COVID-19 patients are females and 38% per cent are males.
The National Epidemiologist cited, “The majority of these cases are asymptomatic although, we are experiencing a lot more symptomatic cases this time than in the previous waves.”
He further stated that the COVID-19 patients are experiencing mild symptoms, including fever, mild cough, headache, body aches, and loss of taste, while some patients are also experiencing diarrhoea.
He noted that all the symptomatic COVID-19 reported cases are the ones who are unvaccinated, & over 120 contacts have been traced and tested utilising the RT-PCR method.
As per the statistics shared by Dr Ahmed, forty of these people tested positive, whereas nineteen results are still pending.
Following the statement, he added, “We have so far completed over 450 antigen tests, of these forty RT-PCR contacts that are positive.”
All the individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus are now isolated at the St James Isolation Unit.
Dr Irving McIntyre – the Minister of Health and Wellness, asserted that there has always been a fluctuation in the infection cases of the COVID-19 virus resulting in second, third, fourth and fifth waves, which have been recorded regionally and internationally.
He further asked the citizens to follow the COVID-19 protocols and stated that inadequate COVID-19 situations are more likely to happen when the general public reduces its guard and fails to comply with public social health measures.
Health Minister said that illegal entry into the country is also contributing to Dominica’s current coronavirus wave.
The government of Dominica originally imposed a lockdown for 7-days, and the health minister stated to curb infections, certain limitations are required. All non-essential businesses would remain closed during the period of lockdown.