UPDATE: Positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Dominica increase to 12

Dominica has reported another confirmed case of COVID-19.

The total number of positive coronavirus cases on the island now stands at 12.

National Epidemiologist, Dr Shalludin Ahmed made the announcement at a press briefing on Monday evening.

He said the case is a 70-year-old person “from another locality” who has been admitted to hospital.

Of the 12 cases so far, nine of them have come from the same index case.

According to Dr. Ahmed, all of the twelve cases are stable, clinically. He said some are asymptomatic and there has been no death so far.

“So far we have traced a total of 37 contacts from these three index cases. Of them, seventeen were tested; nine are positive and eight are negative and twenty are pending, The nine positive contacts are admitted in the COVID complex [at Portsmouth and are doing fine,” he stated. “Of those nine confirmed contacts, we have traced 29 contacts and 24 of them were tested. All are negative. Nonetheless, all these negative contacts are in home quarantine for 14 days.”

A total of 185 tests have so far been completed and 173 of them are negative, Dr. Ahmed stated.

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  1. mine
    April 1, 2020

    People, please stop all these negative comments this is not the time for such. it is scary people are dying every second of the day worldwide. We should be praying and calling on the Almighty to intervene lets have faith and trust in him

  2. Bob Denis
    March 31, 2020

    Terror, means Chaos, this is what the World is experiencing as we stay locked in or social distancing. Pandemics are generational, from the European Burbon , Chicken pox, Polio, Hiv-Aids, Ebola, Sars, Bird flu, H1n1 and to CROWN it off, Carona-19 seems to be getting all the respect it deserves. “if u have cocoa in de Sun,make sure u kook out for Rain”. They tell us dat de virus attacks the respiratory system,who are the most vulnerable? Lifestyles like Rum, cigarettes , a diminished Immune system is the gate way to being Transitioned. Should We term this Pandemic Devine Punishment? only the future can say. Our African Heritage tells us that “GARLIC + GINGER is the way to go because of their antioxidant Values and Virtues. Time to Plant a Garden,read some good Books, let your Church be your HEART, this may be the time for True Personal Transformation while DEATH unfolds. Like everything else, the VIRUS will Retrograde”KNOW OF De PAST, SHAPE De FUTURE.

  3. March 31, 2020

    Putting this out there as I understand the Dominican Govt to be working on 5G with the Chinese business community. I don’t know what to think about this info but feel it begs consideration and a fair warning to Dominicans. There is a perspective that links 5G tech to pandemic conditions:

    • OpenMind
      March 31, 2020

      DNO? This is not a response…this is fake propaganda stuff doing the rounds on social media. Why is it still on here?

      ADMIN: The post can certainly be questioned but the wider discussion is valid.

      Here is a link to published scientific research on the harmful effects of radio frequency radiation (such as emitted by mobile phones) on living organisms:https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/lt_rpts/tr595_508.pdf?utm_source=direct&utm_medium=prod&utm_campaign=ntpgolinks&utm_term=tr595

    • Calibishie Warrior
      March 31, 2020

      Please stop spreading nonsensical conspiracy theories among our population. These are as dangerous as the virus rooted as it is in falsehood .

    • Dominican to the bone.
      March 31, 2020

      As a country, now is the time to put politics aside and pray that the number of cases remain minimal. First, we have to help ourselves, our community and the government. The Coronavirus disease is everyone’s problem. The rich, poor, black, white, etc. Prayer and hope is what the country needs right now.

    • Silver fox
      April 1, 2020

      @Vicki Grace, l know today is April fools day, but you taking your joke a bit much too far enough is enough we are not fools.

    • derp
      April 1, 2020

      “Dominican Govt to be working on 5G with the Chinese business”
      Oh really show me the proof, I doubt 5G is coming to Dominica anytime soon. I swear during times of trouble you always see all kinds of people coming out of the woodworks.

    • EIFILE
      April 1, 2020

      Any trace of Doctor AI

  4. Test Kits
    March 31, 2020

    I’m happy Dominica cases are not increasing proportionally like in the US and other countries but I hope the authorities are listening to the world news that the test kits receive from China has proven to be faulty and they are being returned.
    If there is where Dominica is getting their kits they administrator needs to be aware of this new findings.
    We continue to pray for Dominica and its leadership in this pandemic and as God to continue to protect Dominica from further cases. With God every and anything is possible.
    God Bless Dominica!!!!!!

    • OpenMind
      March 31, 2020

      A batch of kits sent to Italy was faulty. Stop spreading propaganda and fear.

    • Eagle-Eyed
      March 31, 2020

      Well, the test kits used in America are American made I suppose, yet their infection rate and death toll has surpassed those of China. So what’s the point you are trying to make? At least we are getting resources and equipment from the Chinese people. Donald Trump is a “America First” white supremacist, I don’t expect a little insignificant black-faced population like ours will get anything from him anytime soon. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  5. Dean Attidore
    March 31, 2020

    What I’m really worried about are the 20 pending cases. Because every one of these cases can be another spreader, thus exponential growth all from three inital cases (so they say). So what we’ve seen are two or three initial cases and potentially another 30+ people are infected as result. Damn these governments for allowing people to come in and out of their countries.

  6. Let's Pretend
    March 30, 2020

    All I will say is, either they not telling us the truth or China did not throw it on us and the Caribbean because they want our UN vote and to be able to use Skerrit as their puppet. Maybe that’s why Skerrit never showed any effort to protect us until late in the game the Chinese must have told him to at least pretend like it is serious by slapping curfew on the people so it could look as if we are in trouble. In that way at the end of the game Skerrit will look good like the mighty savior, who was able to get more medical team from Cuba than the amount of cases we had. It’s a propaganda system and that propaganda is working here.

    • OpenMind
      March 31, 2020

      just imagine the time and effort it took you to write such rubbish. You must be so proud.

      • Openminded
        March 31, 2020

        I know right? Why is he so negative.
        Anyways I dont know if you listened to the radio last night but it was very patriotic vibes. As long as we keep fighting this covid as a country we shall overcome.

        It is a pandemic. Its bound to affect us…but there is so much to be thankful for. After the initial 9+ jump scare, we had a break from new cases for a few days. And even now…its only ONE more new case. I thank God for that.

    • Al
      March 31, 2020

      This is utter monsense. Shame on who ever posted this

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      March 31, 2020

      You see I do not agree with everything you wrote; nevertheless, I do believe as everything else until the dictators of China told Roosevelt the virus is real and dangerous, he did not take the disease seriously, either that or the man is just ignorant!

      The fact that he heard what happened in China, and Italy, where millions of people were asks to remain inside, shut down the country: in spite of that ignorant clown Roosevelt told the nation that Schools will remain open, and classes will continue!

      Now the most ridiculous of all!

      Lifting of a three day cuffue is pure hogwash; what effect could a three night cuffue have on the nation?

       The most effective way to prevent the spread of the diseases is to avoid large congregating, and if one must be  where there are lots of people, it is advised that one keep a distance of six (6) feet apart, by so doing it’s the less chance getting infected from droplets from the mouth of infected people.

    • Let's Pretend
      April 1, 2020

      @ kid on the block, it really didn’t take me much time and effort to to expose the usual false pretence of Skerrit. Hon Ian Douglas told how Skerrit fooled him many times so I just simply refuse to allow him to fool me. Too bad for you and others that buy into his deceptions. So you could pretend to have an open mind as much as you want but you will always be seen as the little kid on the block

  7. Bwa-Banday
    March 30, 2020

    This is frightening indeed. Can the good doctor tell us if they are still using the FAKE Chinese tests? These tests are very inaccurate and has been proven to give NEGATIVE readings when it should have read positive. Don’t want to beat on the Chinese too much but we should have known that the “made in China brands” are synonymous with poor quality.

    Does the patient have a recent travel history? Are we confident that we have performed a thorough “contact racing” protocol? Where in Dca is the patient from? Were they already quarantined prior to developing symptoms? God help us all!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      March 31, 2020

      “He said the case is a 70-year-old person “from another locality” who has been admitted to hospital. ”

      That guy is not credible; he does not have any credibility in the field of medicine!

      He is another of Roosevelt puppets who jumped to the conclusion telling the nation that there were no case of the virus in the country!

      Instead of him telling the nation that he was not aware of any infected persons, he made a firm, and closed  comment that there were no cases on the island.

      If he was a credible epidemiologists; he would not have made a closed statement.

      Now he talks about a seventy (70) year old patient: what happen to the fifty something year old patient McIntyre said was at home in quarantine, on one side of his mouth, while on the other side of his mouth in the same breath, said is in some unit getting treatment?

      You see they are all liars!

      • Eagle-Eyed
        April 1, 2020

        Francisco, you are living in the US where just a few days ago your president told you that the Coronavirus was just a hoax cooked up by the democrats to try and unseat him, and that you should go about your daily life as normal and that this virus should be gone by Easter. Since then thousands of Americans have been infected and hundreds continue to die on a daily basis. I think you should look closer home if you are looking for somebody to blame for the uncontrolled spreading of this virus. Get off Skerrit’s back. he is doing his best to help Dominicans stay safe inspite of limited resources at his disposal. Please keep praying that you stay safe in America.

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          April 2, 2020

          Guy my president is God Jehovah, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit!

          I do not listen to politicians, who are nothing more than corrupted demons masquerading destroying the life’s of people.

          If you are referencing to Trump; the man is not a medical scientist, he is not a practicing medical doctor, the man was never involve in medical science prior to becoming a politician.

          Anybody who would listen to him when he speaks his crap which is always a bunch of lies must be a fool! 

  8. As I see it
    March 30, 2020

    Well they tell us is 12 so we say is 12 but what they say is not always true. In all other CARICOM countries is the Minister of health who took an oath, that tells the people how many they have. In fact last week prime Minister Harris of St. Kitts announced that St Kitts & Nevis had no confirmed case. Shortly after him the minister of health came on and said it was his responsibility as the Health Minister to inform them that they had two cases. I just don’t understand why it is public servant that has to make that announcement and they want me to swallow that?

    • OpenMind
      March 31, 2020

      That indicates you did not watch nor listen to the broadcast. Try getting your information from the source next time.

  9. Sulphur
    March 30, 2020

    They just saying it have 12 confirm cases say where the case come from so ppl can feel safer smh.

  10. Simple
    March 30, 2020

    I pray that he/she did not mingle with many people eh. People stay home..saves lives. Till the storm passes by

    • My mouth
      April 1, 2020

      Stay home is joke…skeeit taking it as jk…this is asymtomatic people going everywhere not knowing they carrying the virus and this he dont understand..the medical team know that yet they bowing to skerrit…my private doc even he tell me de country should be shut for two wks at least but skerrot say no..money b4 health..well i inside long time eh

  11. Ras B
    March 30, 2020

    We continue to act as idiots but let us hope that the Cuban doctors can introduce a semblance of professionalism that will relieve our embarrassment and save Dominica from the ineptitude of its leaders.

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