Dominica government to donate face masks to China

The government of Dominica will donate 10,000 face masks to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to assist in the fight against the deadly novel coronavirus that has already killed over 900 people and affected over 42,000.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told parliament that the decision is one of gratitude and concern to the people of China.

The donation he said will be made through Dominica’s embassy in Beijing.

“We say to our steadfast friends, the People’s Republic of China that Dominica stands at your side in this hour of grave difficulty to your nation,” he said.

Prime Minister Skerrit also called on all nations to work diligently with the PRC as it combats this Coronavirus.”

“The government of Dominica wishes to say to all nations that this is not the time for nations to take decisions in an effort to isolate the People’s Republic of China,” he stated.

According to recent reports from BBC News, there are now more than 42,200 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus across China. The number of deaths has overtaken that of the Sars epidemic in 2003.

On Monday, some 103 died in Hubei province alone, a daily record, and the national death toll is now 1,016.

But the number of new infections nationally was down almost 20% from the day before, from 3,062 to 2,478.

The symptoms may be that of the flu and include runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever.

Some cases develop into pneumonia or severe acute respiratory infections.

At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.

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32 Comments

  1. The Darkness
    February 15, 2020

    We have a TB outbreak… Corona is coming our way… There is even another virus on its way… And we are sending away (donating) our protection to a richer-than-us country?

    Is this a plan? Are we pinned for extermination?

    Surely this cant be gratitude for the falling apart already NEW Hospital. The one our locals can’t even begin to fathom fixing that mess. Similar to the State House F-up.

    Not to be racist… Hatians are the ones bringing us TB. Chinese got a taste for Corona. And we DON’T have an isolation unit at the hospital.

    The workers go there and are forced to act like there is nothing wrong.

    45 mil ppl are expected to be dead by the end of this year, just from Corona alone.

    The world’s leadership has failed us yet again. Virus that can’t be cured easily… No speculation, all facts. This is population control.

    And Dominicans never stand up for their rights, as a body. This is where we always fail and the ones on top will walk over us all.

    Wake the…

  2. Made in China
    February 14, 2020

    Prime Minister Skerrit donates 10,000 face masks made in China, back to China as a gesture of appreciation. Sure the cost of those masks is a drop in the bucket to all the multi-million dollar projects that they have to help us with because we are too poor to help ourselves, but it’s a gesture none the less. The brain dead reds will eat it up.

    I pray that we don’t end up needing those face masks ourselves.

  3. February 14, 2020

    Most likely in China as would be the masks. Obviously this contribution is symbolic.

  4. Love Da
    February 13, 2020

    S…. alone that comes from the aΓ—Γ— pm mouth

  5. Man bites dogs
    February 13, 2020

    One might think it is like exporting ice to the Eskimo people or coals to Newcastle North of England, do not forget Prime minister Skerrit is a highly educated person like it or not tough sxxt China has been a loyal friend of Dominica πŸ‡©πŸ‡² small as it is every little donation helps Mr Skerrit is a gold πŸ₯‡ medal winner. Unlike someone we all “know who “is a loser he could not punch his way out of a wet paper bag! So you Tom-toms and donkeys can bray all you like Mr Skerrit 18 donkeys 3 ha ha 🀣

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 13, 2020

      Man Dog if you truly believe Roosevelt Skerrit is highly educated, then I shall argue with you no more; now I have every reason to feel not only sorry for you; nevertheless I pity you!

      Roosevelt they say was a teacher in Portsmouth, I heard he may have taught English at the State College.

      Asks Roosevelt to show you one piece of paper, representing what remotely looks like some teaching credential, the sucker cannot, because he has “none!”

      That is why he went to a none accredited university in Punjab India and bought an honorary degree compounded with another from Dusquesne here in the United States, those are useless bits of paper which does not worth the ink thereon!

      No need to remind you that even in Roosevelt day, anybody could secure a teaching position in Dominica, it did not take educational ability, it all depends on who one knows; I can give you info that would shuck you.

      And this thing that he graduate university here it’s a lie!

    • Made in China
      February 14, 2020

      And the award for mental gymnastics goes to…

  6. Truth Be Told
    February 13, 2020

    Most face masks, medical and surgical masks are today manufactured in China on behalf of, and shipped to, Europe, the Americas, Africa, Eurasia, and rest of Asia, or in other words, to the world! Does this man know that! lol

    • Made in China
      February 14, 2020

      Don’t worry it’s just a gesture. They were probably just manufactured there, paid for by the PROC and then they told Skerrit to say it was a donation from Dominica to make him look good to the low IQ labour supporters.

      People China built a 1000 bedroom hospital in one week. I highly doubt is the mass produced, costing less than 25 cent per unit face masks they going to need from a country that they themselves have to be helping just to build essential infrastructure like roads and hospitals.

  7. TI NOM
    February 13, 2020

    Just as long as it comes from skerro pocket and not the taxpayers pocket….well they are 1 in the same anyways, recycling the money the chinese gave you to buy masks for them. that is like giving someone money to buy you a valentines day gift.. :lol:

  8. viewsexpressed
    February 13, 2020

    Me
    February 12, 2020
    Most likely in China as would be the masks. Obviously this contribution is symbolic.
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    Da Girl
    February 12, 2020
    It may be a drop in the ocean but it’s a good gesture.
    Hot debate. What do you think? 11 15
    I think this is rubbish, a waste of time and appears that Skerrit has to do as far as our economy, resources, poverty and unemployment is concerned. China is a rich country with endless money, resources,, professionals to take care of their millions of people.
    We have a suffering 70,000. people here and Skerrit can`t even take care of them, much less for breast-feeding the Chinese? This man is just looking for fame and fortune and lacks Visionary, leadership, opportunity and maturity in government.
    Dominica needs change in government ASAP. We would openly welcome Hon. Lennox Linton and his highly professional UWP Team. UWP we can trust with our resources and return agriculture to our farmers &…

  9. viewsexpressed
    February 13, 2020

    That’s how I take this weird fake news:
    The government of Dominica will donate 10,000 face Labour masks to the People of the Republic of Dominica to assist in the fight against the on going deadly corrupted Bobol-virus that has already killed over 900% of our economy and socio-development that has continues to openly affect over 70,000 of our suffering people in Dominica.
    Now, read this carefully: “Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told parliament that the decision is one of gratitude and concern to the people of China”.
    Ok my people, do you now see where the gratitude and loyalty of this incompetent Skerrit lies. Not in Dominica but in Communist Brutal China, while our hard working people suffer without any source of genuine financial assistance to support themselves and their family members. Skerrit is only interested in fanfare, loves to be seen and heard and loves to be heard talking real BS on the airwaves of Dominica.
    Skerrit`s a failure as we await change. Yes The…

  10. Ras B
    February 13, 2020

    Small but a symbolic gesture. To whom much is given much is expected.

    Interestingly, the RPC ambassador told us on Monday/Tuesday that the number of infected cases was steadily declining, but was that the truth?
    Today, Thursday/02/2020, PRC officials added more than 14,840 new cases to the tally of the infected in Hubei Province alone, bringing the total number to 48,206, the largest one day increase so far recorded. The death toll in the province has risen to 1,310, including 242 new deaths, reported the New York Times. Mortality rate now 2.717%, Is the mortality rate showing a steady rise?

    We pretended to know without a doubt that the mortality rate was only 2%, now even after a few weeks, the mortality rate is rising steadily.

    THE NY TIMES hinted at an explanation for the apparent drop in the new cases identified, (1) people were just not being tested and (2) scientist do not have a clue, there is no easy way to test for the virus. What a world we live in eh?

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      February 13, 2020

      “Times. Mortality rate now 2.717%, Is the mortality rate showing a steady rise? ”

      Talking mortality rate, and percent, and facing reality are two different things: someone quoted 2% perhaps based on the number of people they may have suggested died from the sick at the time in China.

      Whereas we know there is a cover up by the Chines government, the ratio might have far exceed 2%.

      Example; as of this very day “three hundred” have died in China as a result of the virus; so that thee hundred people who died today, what percent is that of all the infected?

      The ratio of deaths may continue; so assuming we were talking about Dominica, and three hundred people die each day, how long would it take for our total population to be wiped out on the face of the planet!?

      The time that rat Roosevelt takes to concentrate on China, he should be worrying there are not enough hospitals in Dominica to wardΒ  people assuming it becomes epidemic in Dominica!

  11. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    February 13, 2020

    That little boy Roosevelt Skerrit is always tryingΒ  to wedge a square peg in a round hole, or a round peg into a square hole!

    Did the China government asks Roosevelt to send masks to anybody in China?

    Ten thousand multiply by how much in dollars and cents even if they were manufactured in Dominica.

    This is one time Roosevelt should worry about the Virus reaching Dominica and kill the entire population rather than worrying about China!

    If the Chines takes less than five days to build a hospital, multiply by a series of hospitals to accommodate, and quarantine thousands of people, they could very well manufacture more than ten million face masks in one day.Β 

    What is the population of China?

    There are just over 1.39 billion people in China, that is one billion thirty-nine million people ; next thing
    Roosevelt will do is beg DNO to write and say “Dominica is first to help China fight Corona-virus.

    “That mouse Roosevelt is simple trying to get some form of…

    • Lorraine
      February 13, 2020

      “Chinese take less than five days to build a hospital” yet Chinese friends of Dominica cannot help get hospital built in Marigot but let’s help them with masks that they produced. Backwards again reasoning.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        February 13, 2020

        The Mexican government gave the people of Dominica, and Marigot more than $U.S. 15,000,000.00 dollars to build a hospital in Marigot, that is an equivalent of EC$40,350,000.00.

        Assuming we square it off to fifteen million dollars that amounts to East Caribbean currency of (forty million, three hundred-fifty thousand dollars.

        That is a fact; so where is that donated money?

        I keep saying all Dominicans want to see is a bit of red cloth, and hear Roosevelt Skerrit make a lying promises, and they run out to vote for him; meanwhile the man is not doing anything to improve the social, economic, and medical life’s of our people.

        I cannot understand after Roosevelt allow Ross Medical School, Colgate Palmolive and others, to leave Landlords, and other people who were dependent on those unties bankrupt; and will loose their Real Estate, Dominicans are so stupid they still went and vote for that clown for another five years, when his behind should be in jail!

        Our people are…

  12. dissident
    February 13, 2020

    Don’t be fooled people!
    Somebody better give this man a lollipop!

    Free masks is the best he could do for Dominica as well…. focus… Skerrit says hundreds of millions of dollars are owed to the state.

    This news item should be posted in a Chinese newspaper in Beijing let de Chinese people know that Skerrit send masks for them…. and de Dominican ambassador should be named as well.
    De 10 000 masks not here they in China……I wonder how many masks they save for us.
    When a leader of a country looking for noticing in de limelight…. and crying broke at home

    • Lady
      February 14, 2020

      Hey why not keep those masks eh. Bcz if u not cancelling carnival (bcz now is not really a great time to be taking on tourists), then u might as well hold on to d masks. Dominicans can do without carnival

  13. I want to know
    February 12, 2020

    β€œThe government of Dominica wishes to say to all nations that this is not the time for nations to take decisions in an effort to isolate the People’s Republic of China,” he stated.
    PM I must say this call shows complete ignorance and irresponsible. Is that the best you could say?
    Late last month you said you had Chinese coming down around February 25th to further study on the International airport ; Is that still on or it has been postponed or cancelled for good? I asking because I want to know.

  14. Shaka Zulu
    February 12, 2020

    What is the gov doing for our folks out there? Did they recieve money spent and are they safe and taken care of? I know for a fact they are not getting reliable information from the Chinese and probably told a different story. Also did the Chinese arrest any citizens for being o social media talking about corona?

  15. dora
    February 12, 2020

    who will bring it up? Melissa??

    • Toto
      February 13, 2020

      That is a good one, like bringing coals to Newcastle as the English say. You imagine, the air fare alone costing more and I’m sure Madame not flying economy class either.

  16. BMB
    February 12, 2020

    Yet another dotish and embarrassing thing I’m hearing in the last 3 days. China has 1.379 billion people. Wuhan ALONE has 11.9 million. What can your donation do? That donation equates to 1 mask to every 1,190 people…! These mask would be better served here just in case. I challenge ANYONE to go to any of the leading pharmacies in Dominica RIGHT NOW and try to purchase a mask. They’re OUT-OF-STOCK and the virus (as far as we know) is not on our shores….much less ….SMH in shame..!

    • Toto
      February 13, 2020

      But BMB don’t you know they are special masks then? They are recyclable, oh yes, good for the environment just like Skerrit toilet paper you can wash and hang to dry on the washing line and use again. Not only that, they come blessed with the spirit of God’s messenger himself who can miraculously multiply them for his believers, and all that free of charge.

  17. Maybe
    February 12, 2020

    Good job pm I say as is

    • viewsexpressed
      February 13, 2020

      Maybe, tell us please, what really is “Good job pm I say as is….” and tell us exactly how you see it. Do you know where China is? Do you know that China is a first class economic developed rich Country, with all its resources?
      Tell Skerrit stop looking for fame and nice name. Tell Skerrit please to blow these masks away and put in place what is the developmental plan for our people, desperate for jobs and income and what is the Socio-Economic thrust for our island`s development? Skerrit appears to be dumb of the Process of the Socio-economic development and therefore is stuck in the corrupted Red Clinic and other nefarious ways of getting people aligned to him to shout out “We love our PM”. Skerrit has been this failure to us for over 20 year now. We had enough and we need him out of our government. “Leave us alone”-“Just leave us alone”. Skerrit`s failed Labour government has nothing of socio- economic development to help our people, villages work and earn.
      Skerrit must…

  18. The U.K. Contingent
    February 12, 2020

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  19. As I see it
    February 12, 2020

    Hahahaha. So were the gloves made in Dominica?

    • Me
      February 12, 2020

      Most likely in China as would be the masks. Obviously this contribution is symbolic.

  20. Da Girl
    February 12, 2020

    It may be a drop in the ocean but it’s a good gesture.

    • I Still Red
      February 13, 2020

      Did Dominica donate toilet paper to Venezuela nou? I still RED but I want to know

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