Dominica: The Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica – Roosevelt Skerrit, addressed the nation on August 6, 2021, and gave an update on the current situation of the COVID-19 in the island country.
PM Skerrit informed that as of August 6 2021, there are currently 103 positive infections of the coronavirus, and out of these active cases, 90% of the population have not received their COVID-19 doses.
He noted that so far, out of 407 COVID-19 tests conducted, twenty-nine individuals have resulted positive via Rapid antigen test on Friday and informed that these individuals are taken to the government isolation facilities.
PM Skerrit further noted that this cluster of COVID-19 is more dangerous. He stated that only a few people are complying with the COVID-19 health protocols.
The Prime Minister, following the statement, added that the COVID-19 cases numbers are increasing speedily; keeping in mind this, the nation would remain in complete curfew for the weekends.
The curfew commenced from 6 pm on August 6, 2021, till Monday, August 9, 2021, at 5 am. The Prime Minister noted that only the essential workers, such as nurses, doctors, police and fire officers, airport and seaport workers, and people seeking urgent medical attention or a COVID 19 test, would travel in and out of the country be allowed to be on the road.
Except for the health facilities and the air & seaports, the rest would remain close during curfew.
COVID-19 Testing would continue over the weekend at the following locations-
- The Windsor Park Sports Stadium is on Saturday, August 7, 2021, and Sunday, August 8, 2021, from 9:30, am to 2 pm for people in the Roseau Health District.
- Esprit Murphy Health and Wellness Centre in Mahaut on Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 9:30 am
- Morne Prosper Health Centre on Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 1 pm.
- Pointe Michel Health Centre on Sunday, August 8, 2021, from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
- Campbell Health Centre on Sunday, August 8, 2021, from 9:30 am to 1 pm.
- Wotten Waven/Trafalgar on Sunday, August 8, 2021, from 9:30, am to 1 pm.
“We regret that we have to take this additional measure of the complete lockdown this weekend. We also gave careful consideration to the timing of the announcement, having received the recommendation from the health officials this morning. One death would be too many for us in Dominica,” PM Skerrit added.
The citizens who are having symptoms can call the hotline number – 448 2151, 448 2153, 448 2156, 611 4325, or 1 800 219.
PM Skerrit further urged the citizens to abide by the COVID-19 health protocols and requested to take their COVID-19 vaccine doses so as to fight and defeat the contagious virus.