UPDATE: Dominica has 103 confirmed active COVID cases; curfew in effect for entire weekend (with PM’s full address)

In a live address to the nation Friday evening Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit stated that there are 103 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Dominica.

He also advised that a curfew is in effect for the entire weekend.

The prime Minister urged everyone to be responsible and to continue to follow all safety protocols.

Below is the full text of the Prime Minister’s address.

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54 Comments

  1. August 8, 2021

    King Liar you cannot tell the people “go to hell 3x” now. You poopooing on you like you have taken a bottle MOM. You know that you King Liar has some blame to take for this serious problem now at hand. You may have heard the old saying that when your neighbor’s house is on fire, take water and sprinkle yours. You were aware that Guada and Martinique were on fire but you were very complacent boasting and sewoing and sponsoring sewo like mad. Right now you have not only dropped, but you still dropping like humpty dumpty. I only wish those who love themselves will maintain their safety.

  2. Thanks
    August 7, 2021

    So much hatred and garbage is being spewed, it’s sickening to play the blame game, just people with low mentality who would gloat over an epidemic.

  3. Lin clown
    August 7, 2021

    On my rounds in Roseau,I heard two women vendors in a conversation(both UWP supporters) one said to the other,in real Dominican style”I tell you doe take de vaccine”.Two days later they had to close business because of COVID-19.% is such a complete JACKA,he believe all 103 confirmed COVID-19 cases are supporters of the DLP.

    • Health worker
      August 7, 2021

      Nice story! However, I doubt it’s true. I would bet that the two women are Skerrit supporters. We don’t buy your cheap propaganda. Go away and get a live!!!

    • Garcon
      August 8, 2021

      Clown, where does that fit in the conversation? As soon as people like you and % stop behaving like petulant children and Dominica gets citizens who think of their futures and that of children then, and only then, we will move forward as a nation. The problem of the country stems from the same attitude. The DLP sees us and them. So the jobs and scholarships are for us, not them. Stop this counterproductive and frankly, stupid tribalism. Do viruses know party and affiliations? We are all getting sick.

  4. 2cents
    August 7, 2021

    I believe comments should be disabled on posts like these. It takes away from the essence and seriousness of the issue at hand. Let those who like to talk go on FB and rant and rave instead. Stay safe everyone.

    • Dan
      August 8, 2021

      I agree with you to a certain extent. However, we must realized don’t forget there is freedom of speech and if there is a choosing of posting then it shows biasness. All have a voice whether we agree or not… Don’t you agree? What if someone remove your post for something they don’t like you said? So in Dominica allow freedom of speech whether you like it or not. In America and bigger countries people and free to voice their opinions whether it is liked or not… Biasness can’t prevail over human right to speak.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 8, 2021

      In a democracy; everyone should have a right to their opinions; if someone wish to babble like an idiot, they should have the right to do just that?

      Your suggestion that their comments should be disabled; is suggesting censorship; how would you like to be censored, since your comment is insignificant?

      • Bliss
        August 9, 2021

        YOU of course speak out of experience. Everyday you come on hear and subject us to your babble like an idiot, most of it is nothing but verbal diarrhoea of a man that knows it all, has done it all, has been everywhere but hasn’t got anything to show for it.

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          August 9, 2021

          Dogs knows when they are hated, and unwanted; no name scum of the earth low life nobody doesn’t know when they are a nuisance  to themselves. 
          Definition: a person, thing, or circumstance causing inconvenience or annoyance!
          You see my name Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque was given to me at birth, the day I was born; I did not have to wait until the Olympics to copy a name Bilss; I am not a damn dog, walking on four feet; but when I am told mash, like a dog, I know how to run!
          There is a metaphor which states “ignorance is bliss.”

            The saying “Ignorance is bliss” originates in Thomas Gray’s poem “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College” (1742).
          The quote goes: “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” Face it: you were better off not knowing that, weren’t you?

          Generally speaking, ignorance is a detestable state of mind.

          The difference between you and I is that I am an academically educated man; whereas you are nothing more than a bit scum. Dry bleached…

          • Bliss
            August 10, 2021

            There we go, didn’t I say it! Another bout of verbal diarrhoea from an ‘academically educated’ old Donut. OMG!

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  5. RandyX
    August 7, 2021

    Skerrit and the DLP are responsible for this. The constant flaunting of rules by him and his party members will cost Dominica dearly. I hope the country rises in unity and finally demand the resignation of this despot.

    • ibo France
      August 7, 2021

      X-man. you are absolutely spot on. Even when one person fails to comply with the established protocols in place, everyone is put at risk. The ornamental Doctor and his cult-like disciples are such serial law breakers that they can’t now depart from their unlawful ways. They are an undisciplined group of knuckleheads.

    • August 7, 2021

      RandyX this is such a foolish and childish comment! I do not wish to meet individuals like you and those 16 others at this time, who have endorsed this comment of yours, in person, if you are going to introduce yourself by your real name. Because I would hate to unknowingly, shake hands with an ….. like you.

      • RandyX
        August 9, 2021

        That is your opinion and as such the opinion of a hypocrite. YOU haven’t got an ounce of credibility. I know exactly who you are, so no danger of me ever shaking hands with you. You are nasty Skerrit worshipper that’s politically totally blinded.

      • RandyX
        August 9, 2021

        Nobody was talking to you! I’ve never ever held conversations with religious mad or political corrupt ones. You unfortunately, are a member of both categories.

  6. Real Doctor
    August 7, 2021

    I fully understand the reason for having those 103 infected persons in isolation. Thank God that most of them if not all are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t feel sick and don’t have symptoms. However I dont see the need for curfew and all that nonsense. In fact it will cause more harm than good. Look, there are more people that are infected and didnt test than those 103 that tested positive. So by having everybody to stay home is not going to stop the spread. In fact what will happen is people will have more fear, more stress, more hungry and yes poorer. There was absolutely no reason for this national curfew Skerrit has put on the people. Instead they should enforce masks, social distancing, public gatherings, closing rumshops and a curfew from 7pm to 6am. But shutting down the economy and putting people on lockdown for the entire weekend? But the people so blind they will say its ok because PM keeping us safe. But in truth it is PM making you poorer, sicker with HBP and stress

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      August 9, 2021

      Man shut up; you talking fart!

      The medical establishment told you there are a number of people on the island infected with COVID-19, and here you are talking nonsense, about asymptomatic; if they were not feeling sick why would they go to doctors; only to become part of the statics?

      Here is the real definition of the term asymptomatic:
      An asymptomatic infection is one in which a bacteria, virus, fungus, or parasite has invaded the body but has not yet caused any symptoms (i.e fever or a cough).

      One’s body may fight off the invader and may never know it was there. Or, a patient may develop symptoms of the illness after an asymptomatic phase.

      it all depends on the pathogen!
       

  7. Jonathan Y St Jean
    August 6, 2021

    I’m waiting to see who else besides the bikers that Blackmore is going to charge for the huge increase in Covid-19 cases from the 45 when he reminded all that there are laws on the books and they aren’t there for show. We are waiting on you, Blackmore. I exhort most Dominicans to put Braggadocio aside about “rights”and get the vaccine for the sake of the entire population. Yes there have been a few hiccups for some individuals who received the vaccines, but when you factor in the millions who have received the vaccines the numbers show that they are safe for most people who receive them. Even some people who take penicillin die from it, so obviously there will be some who won’t react well to the vaccines. Even with the flu vaccines some people still succumb and die. Don’t be fooled by the loud mouths, get your facts and information from credible sources and not from YouTube and bogus unknown characters. Because it’s out there doesn’t mean it’s credible and true. Stay safe

    • ibo France
      August 7, 2021

      The laws are selectively applied.to perceived enemies of the Cabal. That’s the reason this country is going over a cliff.

      On vaccine hesitancy, I insist that every person has the right to decide what foreign substance goes into his/her blood stream. Politicians are excessive in their behavior. Give them a millimeter and they take a kilometer.

      However, I’m all for the vaccine once it’s taken voluntarily. I took my two jabs and not a single negative effect -no fever, no headache or any other aches.

      One of my biggest problems is this. Those who have taken the vaccine are calm and do not harass or belittle those who have not taken it. Those who have not taken the vaccine are vociferously abusive, livid and white hot mad with those who have taken it. Why?

  8. ibo France
    August 6, 2021

    If the number of cases continues to multiply there might have to be a 24 hour shut down of the country for a couple of weeks in the first instance. This appears to be inevitable.

    The administration needs to tap into the reserves of the CBI fund and provide relief for the thousands whose cupboard are empty. It there are funds to finance the construction of an international airport, this is the opportune time to use some of it to stave off hunger, malnutrition, starvation and quite possibly deaths. No reasonable person will criticize you, Mr. Skerrit, for doing this right and honorable thing.

  9. ibo France
    August 6, 2021

    I mother asked a monk to get her son to refrain from using sugar as diabetes was a huge problem in her family. The monk promised to do his best. After three weeks her son continued to consume even more sugar.

    The concerned mother went back to the monk and asked him if he had spoken to her son about his sweet tooth habit. The monk said no. He (monk) explained that he himself was trying to kick the habit and had not been successful. He said unless he quits the habit he cannot in fair conscience ask anyone to do so.

    Mr. Skerrit should lead by example like the monk. Stop being a hypocrite. He allegedly broke all protocols concerning covid-19 after returning home from Venezuela. Other well connected stooges have done the same. Does he expect the coronavirus to discriminate as he does?

    • Dan
      August 8, 2021

      Yeah I agree that’s a big lash for the pm! Yes, he should have follow his country own protocals. Yeah that is a back lash on his part now it’s gonna be hard for people to follow protocals cause he is not. Awa wii. But if the proof is shown I think the pm need to address this issue cause he can’t expect people to follow his protocals if he is not following his own protocals.

  10. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    August 6, 2021

    You see, all along I keep telling the Dominica styptics that this disease multiplies exponentially, rather than pay attention all kinds of idiots levied sarcasm and insults against me. Days ago we learn that there were 45 cases of COID-19 in the country, today we are reading there are 103 cases, I grantee that there are more than three times that on the island.
    For those smart people such as the Kindergarten graduate who do not understand the term multiply exponentially; here is an example of that!

    When two numbers with exponents are multiplied, it is called multiplying exponents.
    To multiply such numbers, we add the exponents, which means we find the total number of times a variable or number is multiplying by itself.
    I am not kidding, but there could well be 10,609 cases of the disease on the island.
    Nevertheless, if we simply multiple 45 X 45 = 2,024; there could be more than two thousand people on the island infected right at this moment!

    • Griffon
      August 7, 2021

      Of course you were right all along, Dr. Donut.

    • Wakanda Forever
      August 7, 2021

      Won’t check your maths, but it is true that from the beginning of this pandemic, leaders and the public alike have underestimated the risks. After a lockdown numbers (unsurprisingly) go down and people get lax about restrictions until exponential growth begins again. Please Dominica, don’t fall into that cycle. By the grace of God this surge will subside, but afterwards REMEMBER that everyday you are simply at one point on a curve, which WILL rise or remain flat depending on your behavior. There is a remedy for this virus: stay the course with masking, distancing and vaccination until the pandemic is actually over everywhere – and it will be over, just like every other pandemic in history. How soon depends, unfortunately on factors beyond our shores. Stay strong DA.

    • August 7, 2021

      Telemaque, you just spoiled the smart piece you wrote the other day with this one above, and I am not surprised.

      If you are going to go 45X45, then you will continue with 2024 x 2024 which would be 4,096,576. What is your logic here and where do you plan to stop?

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        August 9, 2021

        You see, you are wrong again; when I did 45 X 45; I simply multiply that number by itself; indicating that each of the 45 people may have already infected at lease one person.

        That was not calculated exponentially okay!

        Read the example I showed, you might get the mathematical concept, what you presented is simply multiplying your result by itself, that is not how it is done exponentially.
        If I say five times five, exponent seven!

        That right there one need to know the  formula, how to set it up to commenced calculation; and that could either be a negative or positive exponent; now unless you had that level of mathematics you will not understand what I am talking about.

  11. Ben10
    August 6, 2021

    We drop our guard down, the party the lymes the fete😂😂😂😂😂…look jokes…. the promenade xmas fete was the begining… hope u remember… y didnt u stop it… once is not u all planning its ok… dont blame no one but u all….it all started right at the promenade

  12. Bwa-Banday
    August 6, 2021

    Madness in the land. Now everyone is a suspect so who guard the guard. All those people no taking the vaccine, all those people drinking rum saying it killing corona, all those people drinking all kinds of bush nonsense all those people playing Mahzhor and running from woman to woman and Whiteless and Zafan-San-papa like they bullet proof all see now! Kai-poole-kwazay violon en sac. When all is sad and done we must fire the DLP Cabal for dereliction of duty. Yes they fell asleep at the wheel.

    Well lately they had second thoughts of building the airport is now they will blame covid and shelve the project. Remember I said that :mrgreen:

  13. We the People
    August 6, 2021

    The pal rep sponsored the Bellevue event? Jessus!! He needs to be arrested too.

    Talk about freeness being worriness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And in all that Mee See can just pick up her kids from the airport and walk out. Boy only in Dominica, only in Dominica

  14. Jamerson
    August 6, 2021

    What that should be done is the the marine corp should be placed at the cardinal points around Dominica and immediately detain anyone found trying to enter illegally. The first time Dominica was shut down i was telling My friends that it should remain as such till the entire covid has greatly subsided or completely been dealt with. I’m not blaming anyone I just think that all entries legal or illegal should be restrained.

    • %
      August 7, 2021

      What about arresting those close to the wicked government who sponsored fete that help to spread the disease?

      • RandyX
        August 7, 2021

        …and Skerrit arriving from hotspot Venezuela without quarantine. He will tell you he was vaccinated as an excuse. Of course that’s utter nonsense. The truth of the matter is very simple, one rule for some another rule for everybody else. But all you like it so…!!

  15. Braindamage
    August 6, 2021

    Don’t be surprised.
    Daddy Jesus said that would happen… and much more to come..
    Just keep your head high and your heart in tune…..

  16. %
    August 6, 2021

    Skerrit how many cases Belleve Chopin has???
    Can you or the parl rep answer this question?
    Why is he still parl rep??
    Are you waiting on Monday to dismiss him???

  17. %
    August 6, 2021

    There is not one country in the world where a parliamentarian would allegedly sponsor this large event (as in Bellevue Chopin) that put so many lives at risk, and he would not be DISMISSED forthwith… PJ would do it, OJ would do it, Mamo would definitely do it, Pierro would do, Eddo would do it, Rooseie would do it, etc, etc…
    This DLP government only knows how to do the wrong things that will affect the people..Doing good is anathema to them.
    Hope the people get their STIMULUS package.

    • Garçon
      August 6, 2021

      @% you all make everything about UWP and DLP. As far as I am concerned all of this is irrelevant now. It matters not who offends. People must be made to pay for their selfishness and indiscretions; matters not their status in life or political affiliation. I am really concerned about my family back home in Dominica and this upsets me when I see people are so nonchalant as it relates to the situation.

      • %
        August 7, 2021

        @Garcon
        Boss i rebuke your garbage. I speak my mind, and i speak the truth. You dont want to hear it get lost, but i shall continue.Are you illiterate?
        Yes, like you, all my bloggs are asking for people to pay for their indiscretion, so please read well and stop spewing your filth at me!!! OK!!

        • Ibo France
          August 7, 2021

          %, once again, don’t pay much attention to your irrational detractors. When you speak truth to power about the happenings in Dominica expect the scavengers of the corrupt and clueless regime to come after you.

          Wear their criticisms of you like a badge of honour. Only the dog that gets hit hollers. Take superlative pleasure in them hollering for then you know that you are doing something right.

          Continue to speak out about the many indiscretions of this cartoonish, malodorous regime. Bravo!

        • August 7, 2021

          @% there is no damn truth in you, you don’t even know the meaning of the word. You are the one who is illiterate, not Garcon, you are the one who is writing garbage that comes from your carnal head and whacky brain not based on what is written before you.

          People like Garcon and I, do not want to see or read your senselessly, but you keep shoving it in our face; you are the one who needs to “get lost”! You are the one who is speaking filth at us. Now take your blows and shut up!

        • Garçon
          August 7, 2021

          158 now. I wonder if is labourites alone who are sick. You just there talking about Party. Grow up. Sakway – – -. You are the one keeping Skerrit in mind power with you unreasonable utterances and the bad advice you indirectly give to the opposition.

      • Noca
        August 7, 2021

        YOU make it up as you go along, Garçon. You must be Skerrits deputy bullish…r.

    • Vrai den
      August 7, 2021

      And he who organized it is a medical doctor.

  18. I Still Red though
    August 6, 2021

    Trust me, with the madness thats taking place at the Bath Estate Health Center, the one and only covid testing site on island? Man I can bet you we have more than 103 that are infected but either their result is not out as yet or they were not tested for covid 19. Remember thats where people line up to see their doctor including eye doctor, same place they testing people that doing PCR test to leave the country and the same place they testing all those that attended the bikers, those in sewo and those that attended the Hon wedding. Man the health center is like a breeding ground or like spreading fertilizer on watercress. I cant believe the pm shutting down the country because of covid but they have everybody rubbing and talking and coughing on each other at the health center. When its all said and done I believe Dominica will be a national pandemic country

    • Martial Arts Ninja
      August 7, 2021

      Did you think liar Skerrit would give us the full truth. It’s also a lie that DA hasn’t had any Covid death yet. He tells all you what he wants all you to know and the death certificates are issued accordingly. All you are so gullible.

  19. Garçon
    August 6, 2021

    All the individuals who were defending those who hosted super spreader events and the retards who were joking about it, I wonder what you all are saying now. I foresee a complete shutdown coming, with only essential workers allowed to operate. The government don’t give stimulus packages so I wonder what are you all going to do. People this is serious we need to treat it as such and there is no room for upholding friends and family.

    • Vrai den
      August 7, 2021

      And no privilege for anyone, as was done in this pandemic, COVID DOES NOT GIVE PRIVILEGE. The very one who is now asking people to be responsible and follow protocols, acted and demonstrated irresponsibility and violated the protocols, he and many others in his government and ministries. We need leadership by example. Which one of them were fined for publicly violating protocol? They have not admitted to their wrong doing, much less to apologize.

  20. %
    August 6, 2021

    Skerrit is such an embarrassingly bad leader. He puts laws in place, he himself and those close to him violate the same laws, then he comes back to you and he still expects praises.
    This is the same man that was trying to ridicule the opposition in parliament for having their MASKS on!!!
    Will you discipline the perliamentarian who allegedly sponsored the HUGE event in Bellevue Chopin???
    How many cases Bellevue Chopin has? Is it the hottest zone? Are they still testing there???!
    Man you have embarrassed the name of the office of Prime Minister.
    Shame on you and all your ministers.
    Bad Examples!
    LEADERS LEAD, you all dont!!!!!

    • As I see it
      August 6, 2021

      I have said it already and will repeat. PM Skerrit gives birth to or creates a crises and some how comes back and presents himself as the crises manager. He will do everything to make you poor and when he gives you a soup on Sunday, he wants you to worship him as the saviour.

      • VereTere
        August 7, 2021

        That’s how kleptocrats work. But as always they are dependent on stupid supporters.

    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      August 7, 2021

      @%, you are so right about these leaders who don’t lead but just exhault themselves because they have a title associated with the job they undertaker. Skerritt going to a funeral the day following his return to Dominica from Covid-19 plagued Venezuela, is a good case in point. Don’t forget that Skerritt felt he’s so important that he refused to attend a scheduled meeting with the principals of Ross and now they are happy In Barbados. He failed to do the necessary dottinging the “I’s” and crossing the “t’s” in the offer by Mexico for assistance to build the Marigot hospital, that the country lost $10 million through his arrogance, and I could go on with him. Only days after the government side tried to ridicule the opposition for wearing masks in parliament, the country is under lockdown. The education minister insulting our youth with “pampalam” a word she claims not to know the meaning of yet uses and blames someone else, instead of apologizing. They are disgraceful.

    • Dan
      August 8, 2021

      Strong point! I really would like to see the pm address on that rather than avoiding it!

  21. I Must Admit
    August 6, 2021

    Skerrit and his ministers need to do like the rest of us and go in quarantine. They are a big reason for the spread that we are having even if they try to tell us is bikers. Yes I believe bikers played their part but I am convinced PM is a bigger reason for the spread

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