The number of positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has increased to seven.
This information has just been revealed by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit in an address to the nation.
“Earlier today, I was informed by the Minister of Health that health authorities have officials have confirmed five additional positive testings associated with one of the two cases already under observation. This brings to seven, the number of coronavirus cases in Dominica,” the prime minister said.”This means that at least five persons are known to have contracted the virus as a consequence of coming into contact, in one way or the other, with one or the other, with one of the persons who was tested positive and who would have brought the virus from abroad.”
Skerrit said that confirmed cases of on-island testing have brought Dominica to level three and certain necessary adjustments have to be made to avoid exposing the nation to the possibility and probability of additional imported cases.
“I wish to announce this evening that the Commonwealth of Dominica shall suspend all commercial air and sea access to all non-Dominicans effective Thursday the 26th day of March 2020 and to all travellers, including Dominican citizens and residents Saturday, the 28th of March 2020, This order relates to all commercial aircraft as well as non-essential, service-oriented, pleasure craft,” the Prime Minister stated. “The same order of March 28th applies to ships, boats and yachts not visiting Dominica for the express purpose of bringing in vitally-needed cargo and other supplies to Dominica. All air and sea arrivals must, henceforth, be granted permission to enter by the office of the Chief Medical Officer.”
This suspension, according to Skerrit, will remain in effect until further notice.
“Dominicans abroad wishing to return home in the short term should act now to schedule travel within the time frame of this order. The same applies to Dominicans and visitors desirous of leaving Dominica. You have but a short time to do this,” Skerrit advised.
Watch video of the Prime Minister’s address below.