Martinique confirms first cases of Coronavirus

La Premiere French News Agency has reported that coronavirus (Covid-19) has reached the shores of Martinique.

The tests were conducted on Thursday by the Martinique University Hospital and two cases came back positive for the infamous virus.

These two cases in Martinique bring to ten the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in French overseas territories.

There are two cases in French St. Martin, one in St. Barthélemy (St. Barts) and five in French Guiana.

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  1. Sybil nowell
    March 8, 2020

    Let us pray that the virus does not reach our shores.Please God. Let us not attack anyone just ask the almighty to spare us. UK USA, and others are in lock down let alone the Caribbean.

  2. Tolerant By Nature
    March 6, 2020

    Dominica Medical Authorities must stop trying to make the population think they have things under control, when they really don’t. One Press Conference and we should be fine because the health team said what they wanted people to know, not the true reality of what could be.
    On March 5, Dominica allowed an unscheduled Cruise ship in Dominica – A ship that was refused by St. Lucia. March 5, there was a cruise ship in St. Maarten, the authorities allowed no one to get out because the Taxi men were up in arms revolting. The Taxi men in Dominica are too greedy to do the same, they call offices and vent their frustration but still go out and carry the passengers to the sites.
    The unscheduled Ship that was allow to dock was from a Cruise Line that NO LONGER CARE to visit Dominica – all of a sudden they are back unscheduled to give us their goodtime.
    Please investigate the 7 unscheduled ships that are suddenly on Dominica’s listing to dock here soon.
    PAY ATTENTION this is not a joke…

    • Hello
      March 7, 2020

      I work at an institution located very close to the Bayfront in Roseau and this was my thought last week. Never have I seen cruise ships dock on the Bayfront everyday of any given week so I just concluded that these ships did not have scheduled visits to Dominica but most likely were diverted here because they could not dock elsewhere. May God help us in this country!

    March 6, 2020

    Carnival was more important than saving lives,too late shall be the cry.You bought it now deal with it.

  4. Paskie
    March 6, 2020

    And here goes my infamous rant once again. Where is our quarantine station located at? What steps are we taking at the immigration department to ensure that we carefully scrutinize ones travel history before admittance into dca? Who are we putting travel bans on? I pray God that it never came to dca during the carnival time. Bc of someone traveled with it to dca during that time it may just wipe out a large number of our population.

  5. BMB
    March 6, 2020

    If the authorities can’t understand let me just simplify it for them. If they don’t close off our borders to EVERYONE coming from an infected area, once the virus reaches our shores, borders will be closed off to us…!. St. Lucia, for example, denies entry to a cruise ship, we decide to accept it instead and we become infected…how do you expect St. Lucian authorities to treat a ferry travelling from Dominica to St. Lucia?

  6. Yes
    March 6, 2020

    Close the port….close the port…close the port….close the port…ok

  7. I want to know
    March 6, 2020

    Is Dominica prepared to deal with TB that is much much easier to manage? If the answer in NO, which by the way is the correct answer, tell me what it will be like when we have the first confirmed positive test of coronavirus

  8. Ras B
    March 6, 2020

    We have played politics all along, deliberately misleading the country about our abilities, attempting to grab national and international headlines, now we see the plans unravelling and we are too embarrassed to stand. So let us see how we cope, the Corona virus is now an arm length away, a mere 93.7km away; It will soon, be if it is not there yet, in Dominica.

    Though DNO has not been posting many of my postings on the sad state of Affairs with the MOH, I will still seek to point out our glaring failures.

    I have been strident in my calls for activity at the ports of entry, I have asked for the closure of our borders but these request have gone unheeded. We have seen some idiotic plans from the MOH, the two most recent being asking the public to assist in identifying people who the API may have missed! He trust a system which he knows does not work! Individuals from ‘hot spot’ area will be home quarantined! Folly, refusal of entry preferred. Home quarantine will lead to spread.

  9. AA
    March 5, 2020

    Close All ports of entry to Dominica. That is the only way to protect the scores.

  10. derp
    March 5, 2020

    well it in Dominica already the french from Martinique were in Dominica less than 15 days ago and how long does it take to show symptoms 1-15 days and hear this it can spread even before you showing symptoms

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