COVID-19: Skerrit chides critics; explains his decisions

PM Skerrit speaking at a news briefing on COVID-19

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has chided persons who are being quarantined and using social media to criticize the facility and how it is being managed.

Some of these people have taken to social media saying that the facility is “filthy and the meals are not coming on time.”

While agreeing that he is aware that things at the facility are not perfect, the prime minister has called for patience.

“Those of you in the quarantine, we are doing it for your own good and that of your families. I understand, like everywhere, there are some challenges and we will fix it. It is not perfect. Work with us; stop the sensation and let’s all stay calm and remain focused,” Skerrit said.

He also took jabs at those who criticized him for not immediately closing down Dominica’s borders.

“We could have shut down the country from February 1 but that would not have helped us. We are putting systems in place identifying human resources. The people who said that Skerrit should have shut down the borders long time know that it is not just like that,” he said.

The prime minister said that there were a number of things to consider shutting Dominica’s border. He said he had consulted with a wide cross-section of people including, medical and international experts.

“It is part of our culture to come back door from the French territories. So allowing the boat to come in was key so if people have the virus they can be spotted,” Skerrit maintained. “Anyone who comes in via the back door you have to tell us because it is in your interest and that of the country. We want to ensure as far as possible that we can contain and manager it…this is not a time for politics. I have seen comments, so those who want to play politics, so be it.”

Skerrit also revealed that Dominica has the national capacity to test for the Coronavirus and have been told by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDC that what is being done in Dominica is very efficient and accurate. “So we have the national capacity to test and so our results are able to come to us much faster and as a result, we are able to act quicker,” Skerrit stated.

He praised the health professionals who have come forward to assist along with the firemen and the ambulance service.

He also issued a warning to those 70 years and above to “stay home completely.”

“People with underlying conditions please stay home…we also want people to look out for each other and stop calling the hotline unnecessarily because you are doing a disservice,” he posited.

The Dominica leader also announced that after much consultation the government, he took a decision to close the islands main airport a day earlier than was previously announced.

“I have consulted with the Chief Medical Officer (ag), Dr. Curvin Ferreira and other people. As a result, we have taken a decision to close Douglas-Charles airport effective midnight March 26, 2020. We are also asking those who are vulnerable working in the government service to stay home and work from home,” he said.

He also said that the attorney general is preparing the necessary regulations to be gazetted.

“All that will be regulated from a legal standpoint…we are speaking to the banks and the private sector because while we envisage a shutdown, people can have access to services. If you don’t have business [to do on the] outside, stay inside,” the prime minister stated.

He said the government will be taking a decision on the issues of VAT and Income Tax returns about which the Financial Secretary (FS) will make a detailed announcement.

The prime minister warned that if people refused to adhere to the various instructions given, he may be forced to issue a curfew but said he hopes it doesn’t come to that.

“We are open to criticisms but let us be positive and constructive,” Skerrit stated.

 

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85 Comments

  1. Lin clown
    March 31, 2020

    Viewsexpressed,now I know the 18-3 defeat has destroyed your BRAIN CELLS.Skerrit refused to bring our students back from CHINA,because he said he was afraid they would infect Dominicans with COVID-19.You and your CLONE BABOONS threatened to BLOCK roads and destroy the country.So Skerrit was on the ball a long time ago.I also remember you telling your OVEREDUCATED ID do not listen to the health experts because THEY WERE LYING,and Dominica had a large number of COVID-19 cases.

  2. March 31, 2020

    Skerrit needs to stop going on the air and answering you idiots from the UWP bandwagon. Politics, politics, that is all you all know. If ovarian cancer had hit Dominica by storm, again you all would be blaming Skerrit for importing talcum powder. That 18 to 3 got you all discombobulated. Dirty laundry Joshua Francis will never be PM, nor vagabond Lennox Linton, nor will bagalaga Baptiste, nor will riot monger Hector Spaggs, nor will bogoroy Lugay, nor will natty dread Ken Vidal. Go drink some corona beers and that will take care of your corona virus. Labour all the way, from Capuchin to ScottsHead. The other islands in the Caribbean are getting theirs as well and no opposition comes on board and talk bad about the current government. All they are doing is lending a helping hand. You all UWPs are malonette and ungrateful – that is why you all will never will the general elections.

  3. Batibou River
    March 31, 2020

    It’s a terrible thing when a nation mistrusts it’s PM and the government by extension. You all were earned but what did you all do in December? We all are still waiting for Skerrit to: account for the missing CBI and PetroCaribe money, explain what happened with Ross Uni, tell us how his election campaigns are financed, tell us why he asked foreign soldiers to come to our island on Election Day, tell us why he refuses election reform, make public his travel expenses… But you all still voted for him in Dec. even though all these questions remain unanswered. No wonder he can’t address all you without smirking!!!

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    • Shaka zulu
      March 31, 2020

      You echo my sentiments. Enough is enough slavery over long. Dominicans seems like they want to be re enslaved. In the face of a universal pandemic we are yet to hear what budget country needs. He disregards the constitutionaly elected body responsible for making sure the country is accountable to its citizens and at same time asking people come together. HTF we can come together to do any work when all the questions you asked above are unanswered. Dominica not skerrit plantation and he owns no one. I just cannot understand the mentality of our people.

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  4. Bwa-Banday
    March 30, 2020

    PM so know he skrewwed up, he ran on Q95fm seeking sympathy from his so called enemies before even checking his favorite stations. Psycology again, so now he can say he tried to reach everyone and its becaause he LOVES his people. The man have so much bore- alls that he stepped into the house that Matt built when Matt was asleep :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . But I want him to call Matt show and stay there to answer questions if they call him a man. I know Matt is a respectful fella but he would ask the right questions on behalf of the nation.

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  5. March 30, 2020

    Boy, boy, when will you all stop all that politics game. Stop playing politics and play some cricket instead. No matter what, Skerrit is no good, skerrit to blame. People are dying everyday in New York. Their loved ones call them on podcast and tell them goodbye.. What is wrong with you UWP idiots. Lennox will never be Prime Minister, not in this world, not in the next one either. 18 to 3. You all cannot take it. You all have a cancer in your stomach that is incurable. All Skerrit has to do is to ignore you all. You all do not deserve an answer. You have Francisco who says he is a millionaire. Millionaire my foot. What has he done to help the people and government of Dominica? Nothing. Come again, we go win the next election big time. Drink some corona beers and that will take care of your corona virus, UWPs.

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  6. Garvey
    March 29, 2020

    That’s what happens when you all put a Jacka.. in charge of a stable of horses.

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    • viewsexpressed
      March 31, 2020

      Garvey, Go tell ds, he is a blind idiotic loyalty., and as a result we all now know it is because; “That’s what happens when you all put a Jacka.. in charge of a stable of horses.”
      Our government needs decent, a highly professional Government. We really do need Decent Professional, trusted, mature leadership in our government. We have had enough of this immature, incompetent sitting Odd Minister. We need decency, maturity, No Bobol, sound leadership, perception, accountability, visionary leader and one with high level of decency and loyalty to our struggling people and our aching Dominica. We need to have our farmers in the fields again working surreptiously for their earnings to feed their families and develop their farms and elevate their respective villages and communities to a good standard of living, entertainment, worship, feats days and to live a good and commendable life. Keep Skerrit out, he is the biggest failure to our people and our Dominica.
      We need change in Dominica.

  7. dissident
    March 29, 2020

    Skerrit can’t handle the truth.
    You messed up big time!
    This is not like selling passports or organizing general election. You don’t have a PhD.
    Leaving de borders open for people coming through back door was silly… although it is right in your playbook…. like for general election. Look at your record while you look for someone to blame.
    You have an opportunity to show true leadership.
    Just remember that you can’t go to the UN to cry for assistance and the hurricane season is right around the corner.
    You are incompetent…. you can’t handle a serious situation such as this.

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  8. Beaujolais
    March 29, 2020

    This corrupt and totalitarian man never liked criticism not even constructive one. The man is a liability to our beautiful island. When the crisis is over we need to hold him accountable.

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    • Bwa-Banday
      March 30, 2020

      He shall, mark my words he shall be held accountable

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  9. smitty
    March 28, 2020

    “It is part of our culture to come back door from the French territories. ” It seems to me that we are being advised that wrong and illegal behaviour is part of our culture, and we should accept it. I don’t agree that this behaviour is part of my culture as a Dominican. The facility of a mind indulging in corrupt things will espouse corrupt dogma continuously.

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  10. OpenMind
    March 28, 2020

    So, there are over 200 nations on earth.
    Name one that closed its borders and is now Covid-19 free?

    You guys are so politically naive its amazing to watch. Your fear is showing.

    No closing of the borders would done anything. The issue is not stopping the virus entering as you would never know without hindsight when exactly you should have closed.

    What’s important is how you deal with it once its been identified. As of today 28th March, there are no new cases. All 11 are still in quarantine, still alive and still breathing without the use of a ventilator.

    That’s the important factor. Focus on the positives. If we can achieve no deaths that would be great.

    Stop talking nonsense about borders and border patrol. Dominicans always want something different. Yet how nanny of them still packing up bus?

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    • Jonathan Y St Jean
      March 31, 2020

      For your information Trinidad and Tobago has closed its borders. Why do we have to wait until someone else has done it before we do the right thing by our country and its citizens?

  11. BusDriverBusDriver
    March 28, 2020

    It baffles me that the citizens have more common sense and intelligence than the PM.
    It baffles me further that your supporters speaking out!!! People getting some balls. But its to late now.

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    • Lin clown
      March 31, 2020

      I agree with OPENMIND no country closed its borders before COVID-19 was detected.Almost all countries have imported COVID-19 cases including CHINA,as if Jonathan Y St.St. Jean cannot read.This guy is following a bunch of uneducated Jack A like VIEWSEXPRESSED,TELEMAQUE and Linton.DNO like these misinformation.LIARS UWP.

  12. BusDriver_BusDriver
    March 28, 2020

    It baffles me that average Dominican Citizens have more common sense and intelligence than a WHOLE Prime Minister of a country.
    It further baffles me that your Supporters are speaking out.
    They mad you put their life in danger? Or they actually see fault in your decisions?
    There is so much you are still hiding, time will tell.
    You’re ignorant n foolish by nature to many more to come.

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    • Gary
      March 30, 2020

      Before you can give credence to commonsense it must stand up to the rigorous test of intelligence. Have you not heard, never assume the obvious is true.

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      • Major Corruption Investigation Dept.
        March 30, 2020

        Look it. Mary, Skerrits chief apologist is back. Still he only talks BS.

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      • Dominican
        March 31, 2020

        And what is the rigorous test of intelligence Gary? Without a precise definition such a statement is meaningless.

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  13. Doc Covid 19
    March 28, 2020

    Dominica with 60,000 people and 11 Covid 19 cases

    St Lucia with 180,000 people and 3 covid 19 cases

    St Lucia gets more stay over , cruise ship and yacht visitors and “no ability to test for Covid 19” take action early to contain the spread of Covid 19

    Dominica with much lessstsy over, cruise ship and yacht visitors and the “first Caricom country with ability to test for Covid 19” took action late because we have the obsolete RUSM Picard campus and the new Chinese Friendship Hospital so we have it under control… LOL and LMFAO

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  14. Ibo France
    March 28, 2020

    A competent and caring leader would have used his influential position of power to alleviate the people’s fears by rectifying the unhygienic and unacceptable conditions at these poorly prepared quarantine centers. People’s lives matter, Mr. Skerrit. It’s has become blatantly obvious that you are only excellent at ‘tiefing’ elections. Stop your buffoonery and bring some quick relief to these unfortunate victims if you are capable of even doing this.

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    • Gary
      March 30, 2020

      You are back with your silliness. Wow, so The PM has to do the thinking for people to alleviate their fears, as to the the unhygienic and unacceptable conditions you claim to be at these poorly prepared quarantine centers, did you see such conditions first hand, were you quarantined at any of these centers designated by The Government. Why are you back with your same old nonsense of propaganda, it seems that’s all you use your mind to do. Do you think the Healthcare workers, trained professionals at these facilities would risk their lives to work in such conditions, so long for your propaganda.

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  15. March 27, 2020

    Leave politics out of it some of you are saying. But all of you on this comment board are followers of the UWP, you all are against PM Skerrit, regardless of what he says. Are you all leaving politics out of this situation? I don’t think so!

    Now thumbs me down–my mind is clear; how is yours?

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  16. misdes
    March 27, 2020

    the lord gives a nation the leader they deserve. thank you lord for putting me in this lovely island away from Dominica. dear lord please bless Dominica and forget it’s iniquities and ignorance.

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  17. Bwa-Banday
    March 27, 2020

    As bad as it may sound I believe Ian under some serious pweve would do a better job as PM. Even the good people at Ma Boyd’s Kitchen would agree Mrs. Gravitate starts looking like a better leader than the real leader. God help us under this crazy leadership in such time of crisis. We Dum-ni-cans are real ah-has wholes in our country.

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  18. Pissed
    March 27, 2020

    PM, stop your nonsense and lies. Dominicans are intelligent people. You said you were prepared….being prepared is ensuring facilities are ready, properly staffed and meals are easy to come about.
    Closing the border is simple if you plan it. Every other country did it so why it’s so complicated for Dominica. Again another way of lying and deceiving people. If the French didn’t close their borders you would still have yours open. You had many opportunities to be a leader but now it shows you don’t have the characteristics of a leader. You failed Dominicans in every aspect. While you playing around private companies and citizens of Dominica are taking matters into their hands. The country is shutting down on it’s own.
    Don’t bring your guilt trip here. You should be ashamed of yourself. While every country is trying to keep coronavirus out; you want it to come in then try to play hero to stop it.
    You can’t be the judge, jurry and executioner.
    Dominicans take care of…

  19. Being real
    March 27, 2020

    To ones agreeing with the pm its very alarming how you guys dont think.dominica was one of the last countries to get a confirmed case of the virus the prime minister said I could’ve close the borders from the 1st of Feb but he wanted to prepare .. how and what was he preparing. that’s the real question ..u have guest houses stop saying facilities that are not suitable for any quarantine with reasons being that not only where there is mold and dirtiness there is bacteria. stop thinking with one eye closed corona is not the only virus on island what about herpes what about any other diseases let’s face it the persons being quarantined was held against their liberty and was placed in an unsuitable place for quarantine where they was at risk to ANY other DISEASE and we must judge how is puttin a group of people who may have a case amongst them all together in one closed up guest house not because one points out flaws dont mean they disagree improvement stop the mediocrity

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  20. Nella
    March 27, 2020

    I hav every symptoms of Corona

  21. dissident
    March 27, 2020

    Roosevelt Skerrit have de entire nation in a false state of healthcare readiness!!!!!
    He accepts there are challenges but won’t admit de fact that de government he leads is totally unprepared for this health pandemic. He is making blunders every day….. Skerrit is selfish, demotivating and downright disrespectful and insulting.
    De people quarantined doing us a favor by letting us know about de inadequate state of readiness therefore we can take positive action to remedy our situation. Thanks to Dem for exposing our unreadiness so de world to see.

    Dominica is not on its own in this…. Skerrit can’t go to the UN shedding tears accusing de Western countries of being de cause of global warming this is not hurricane Maria.
    Is there a role for CREAD in this at all?

    Skerrit….. what can you tell us about resilience?

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  22. Eff Off Punjab Dr
    March 27, 2020

    :-x You guys told us you were prepared and have the best testing capabilities in the Caribbean, now people’s lives are at risk because you failed to be proactive you still sound like you care nothing.
    Your MumboJumbo about backdoor from Gwada is an absolutely poor excuse for not shutting down our borders early enough because the other islands did it once they heard this thing had become a Pandemic and already come to the Caribbean. It would have been necessary just like your talk of issuance of a curfew right now. Put it in your pipe and smoke it; YOU are the one to be held responsible for all those Covid-19 cases we have today so stop threatening people boss.

    Worthless Man – Worthless Leadership!

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    • gods child
      March 27, 2020

      Eff, you are out of place. Have you been looking at world news even Buckingham palce have it the whole earth will be touched. It is a Higher source. Get on your knees and pray that DOMINICA is not the next ITALY. How can you blame PM you ….. person. Even if the border was closed you would get it. What makes Dominica Immune to it. Lord help us. Such hatred and politics. Stand by and you will see what is about to happen get on your knees and beg God for Mercy. This thing has been around maybe since Nov.2019…Okay play politics you . Go put blood on your door post. Pray for Dominica and ask God to spear these 75thousand people….I pray for you sir.

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    • Pissed
      March 27, 2020

      PM, stop your nonsense and lies. Dominicans are intelligent people. You said you were prepared….being prepared is ensuring facilities are ready, properly staffed and meals are easy to come about.
      Closing the border is simple if you plan it. Every other country did it so why it’s so complicated for Dominica. Again another way of lying and deceiving people. If the French didn’t close their borders you would still have yours open. You had many opportunities to be a leader but now it shows you don’t have the characteristics of a leader. You failed Dominicans in every aspect. While you playing around private companies and citizens of Dominica are taking matters into their hands. The country is shutting down on it’s own.
      Don’t bring your guilt trip here. You should be ashamed of yourself. While every country is trying to keep coronavirus out; you want it to come in then try to play hero to stop it.
      You can’t be the judge, jurry and executioner.
      Dominicans take care of…

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    • March 28, 2020

      Why are the UWP. Supporters so mad with them selves. Things don’t happen over night lets all take it easy and we will through this.

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  23. Ras B
    March 27, 2020

    Dr.Skerrit, We have been told by your MOH that he was on top of ‘the game’! He considered the Global pandemic a game. You claim that we were ready but now the story is changing. Sir, my suggestion is that you work with all responsible people on the island, party supporters as well as opponents because this is a National issue.

    I listened in Dismay that despite your preparedness, no encouragement was given to farmers to plant short term crops, sweet potatoes, Yams, Dasheen, peas and beans which could be used as food in these times. There was no relocation and deviation of resources to the department of health to help fight this scooge.

    When I called for the closure of all ports in mid-February, had my suggestion been considered or even the alternative suggestion of selective closure to people from certain countries, we would not have been in this fight. It is here now! we can not keep looking back we have to man up and make every effort to protect each other. I will do my part.

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    • Pipo
      March 28, 2020

      That is the problem with our P.M. , he does not take advice easily because he sees it as “being told what to do” and he does not like that at all, since he was a child he was like that. Best thing to do is to use his own psychology medicine on him and make him believe he thought of the idea in the first place. He is a vain and dangerous man, trust me.

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    • viewsexpressed
      March 28, 2020

      Ras B, Skerrit does not care about our Nature isle Dominica, nor its people who continue to live in poverty and begging created by this failed incompetent so called “Odd” Minister Skerrit. This man is a failure and does not operate in the interest of our people. Skerrit prefers to have our poor, disrespected and come as unemployed people come to him for handouts and cash to gain loyalty and votes especially when election is around. Fraudster and corruption practices in the face of our people in not and should not be tolerated in our Dominica.
      Hon Linton and his professional UWP Team will never think of nor adopt of these fraudulent behaviours by this corrupted Labour government and useless ministers/ This Labour Party is childish, a failure & fraudulently disgusted and disrespect our struggling people who live daily in a poverty stricken Dominica under failed Skerrit and his failed corrupted Labour government ably supported by his disgusting cronies. We need decent government. Out

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    • Ann-Marie Charles
      March 30, 2020

      Well done Mr Skerrit. You are doing a sterling job to keep the island safe.

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      • BBridge
        March 30, 2020

        So says the chief attendant of the red clinic. Disgusting woman!

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      • viewsexpressed
        March 30, 2020

        Anne Marie, are you for real…you really pen this nonsense talk, about this failed incompetent Skerrit?
        “Well done Mr Skerrit. You are doing a sterling job to keep the island safe.”
        “well done Skerrit, our Foot”. What has this political clown down that he has taken our nature Isle to some higher Heights?”- Well, the answer is Skerrit has done absolutely nothing of substance that would have elevated us higher and higher where there is employment and no Bobol form our states resources. He has ruined our nature isle, our Domininca, abused our funds and have our begging up at the Red Clinic for handouts of cash, or states finances to development tour island that these people to be employed to earn their own cash, ad not Bohol Red Clinic forgery that has pinned some of pour people to this Bobol abuse.
        We seriously need change in this Dominica of ours. Skerrit has failed us and have left our people in poverty. Passports sales have taken over our bananas to UKand other crops to…

  24. The Devil is a Liar
    March 27, 2020

    So much lies and contradiction boy. He said. He said “It is part of our culture to come back door from the French territories. So allowing the boat to come in was key so if people have the virus they can be spotted.” So Skerrit, if you know something like that has been part of the culture even before coronavirus what did you put in place to stop it?
    “I have consulted with the Chief Medical Officer (ag), Dr. Curvin Ferreira and other people. As a result, we have taken a decision to close Douglas-Charles airport effective midnight March 26, 2020.” So Skerrit are you saying that you are satisfied that all Dominicans trying to come home are now in, so you shut the doors? What if you knew your personal corrupt friends had gone on a mission and you had to ensure they made it back so they wouldn’t have to sleep in foreign country and risk having baggage checked? Now the country is locked I even more sared because I feel many corrupt persons will come in the name of medical workers

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  25. A Real Country
    March 27, 2020

    In a time of crisis I just cannot understand how the Prime Minister could turn a press report into a political mapwee and war against those who believe the country should have been closed to protect us from the coronavirus much sooner than he closed it. This thing was so bad that if one did not know elections was in December 6, 2019 they would think election was March 30, 2020 because all Skerrit did was to campaign and try to rally his base. If Dominica was a REAL country, that should have been a time to comfort Dominicans by giving the press a chance to ask questions and let the professionals answer. Then Skerrit should come and show leadership by letting people know when he to shut the country down, what is in place to ensure people receive a salary or some sort of money, so they could feed their loved ones during the closure and things of that sort. This is just pure foolishness and I am ashamed and embarrassed at the PM, who clearly behaved like an uneducated little boy.

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  26. Iamanidiot
    March 27, 2020

    It’s not often I agree with the Prime Minister (sadly, given my astonishing intellect and my machine like capacity for critical thinking) but i’ll agree with him on this one. Yea, no one wants to be in a broken down hotel, yes it could be better, yes they could have planned better blah blah blah. But look at countries like Italy where people above 80 have to give up their beds for younger people cause they over capacity. Yea the situation not the best but it’s for the best, You really want to go home and potentially infect your grand mother? and you know your grand mother doesnt miss church, you want her to go and infect other people granny at church? Sometimes we have to see the bigger picture, and “sometimes” is times like now. You in an old quarantine room, you see a cockroah…just kill it. What’s the point of bashing because of that, you just there for two weeks…jah.

    I disagree with him re not closing the boarders thou

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    • Toto
      March 27, 2020

      We had warning long time before Italy, yes you are a real idiot. Skerrit wanted to create an impression that Dominica was a safe haven for rich people to come here and spend their money. You know that could have worked if he had shut the door and check everybody before letting them in. He did not do his job and Dominica now is noW no different from other places that have corona, even worse because we do not have the medicinal expertise or good facilities. Too bad.

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    • March 27, 2020

      This time you spoke like a person of wisdom, not an idiot, just keep it up.

      This is a time for Dominicans to turn their ears to God and listen to what they are saying to them; but no! It is all against PM Skerrit, the man whom God is working through on their behalf. O this is Skerrit’s fault, that, and the other thing is Skerrit’s fault.

      This is a Worldwide situation. How those people be so foolish not to understand?

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    • Ann-Marie Charles
      March 30, 2020

      Well said. I have lost a cousin on Friday to the virus and my aunt is in quarantine. So people instead of criticising please obey the Government. Look out for each other. I am very proud of all the Caribbean islands in the manner they are handling this crisis.

      May God continue to guide and protect us.

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      • Pipo
        March 31, 2020

        Since we have not had a death reported yet in Dominica I assume you do not live here. Dominica is a lovely island but life is only rosy from a distance and to experience real life under this autocratic regime you must come and put yourself under the control of a megalomaniac Prime Minister that does not respect our constitution, just not visit to come and vote here to continue the repression of your local fellow country men and women.

  27. Lord help this nation
    March 27, 2020

    “It is part of our culture to come back door from the French territories.” Not only is this disrespectful but, it also shows how lazy our coast guard system is. Everybody knows where the entry and exit is so having the coast guard patrolling the area should not be a problem, you dont have enough boats you say? well then i am sure the millions spent in campaigning and paying off artist would have helped. THIS IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS, I VOTED RED BUT I AM DISAPPOINTED AND I AM REGRETTING MY VOTE NOW. As soon as we heard this thing was getting so bad in China we should have done like the U.S and other nations and restricted travel from people from there whilst pulling our students out, testing and quarantining them but noooooo we rather make money then spend money on REACTIVE MEASURES instead of Proactive measures.
    WE THE PEOPLE OF DOMINICA, THE REAL PEOPLE OF DOMINICA, BORN AND RAISED HERE, STRUGGLING HERE, WILL NOW BE DIEING HERE WHEN IT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED. MR PM THIS IS ON YOU.

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    • God's child
      March 27, 2020

      Lord Help this nation. Go and pray and talk to God.. STUUPS!!! ask God and please read Isaiah 26:20 COME MY PEOPLE ENTER THOU INTO THY CHAMBERS AND SHUT THE DOORS BEHIND THEE. HIDE THYSELF AS IT WERE FOR A LITTLE MOMENT UNTIL THE PLAGUE..THE INDIGNATION BE OVER……..
      So go hide yourself in God and stop blaming PM…Blame GOD.. Dominica is not immune. All countries will have a taste…..PRAY

      • viewsexpressed
        March 31, 2020

        Dear God`s Child..”,because you are a child, this disciple of God is going to upgrade your comments: Here Goes:
        Lord God Help this nation. We pray and talk to God daily to get rid of this failed Labour Government and protect our people from him and his government. We have just asked God and please read Isaiah 26:20 COME MY PEOPLE ENTER THOU INTO THY CHAMBERS AND SHUT THE DOORS BEHIND THEE. HIDE THYSELF AS IT WERE FOR A LITTLE MOMENT UNTIL THE CORRUPTION & INDIGNATION BE OVER.
        My people beware of Skerrit plague, this Failed Immature dangerous Skerrit, failed corrupted devilish Labour government. This failed Satanic government has shut the doors on us as they enjoy life in the US, with big money. Our poor struggling people are abuse at the Red Clinic begging for cash. There are no jobs, whereas Pm family happy in New York & we suffer in Dominica. Skerro Out.
        So welcome yourself in God and kick blame PM Out. Worship GOD. Dominica is not immune. All countries will have a taste…..We…

    • gods child
      March 27, 2020

      Is there a reason my comments are not being posted? Shame

      ADMIN: No there was just a backlog of comments. They should all be posted now.

    • Real
      March 27, 2020

      (8) doe complain… doe complain… (8)

    • The Truth Be Told
      March 27, 2020

      “As soon as we heard this thing was getting so bad in China we should have done like the U.S and other nations and restricted travel from people from there whilst pulling our students out, testing” but did u hear u? It would seem you not up to date. You know America really worse than China & did u hear of all the other places. Please go on WHO (World Health Organisation Site). Do u really think that would prevent Dominica 2 b in the style? Well most countries infected. Do u realise corona not afraid of no one – kings, queens, princes, princess, sportsmen, President wives, Presidents, young, old, medium, small, Pappyites, Skerrites, Lintonites, freedomites, all ites all over the world. With all necessary precautions taken, Dominicans themselves also go to France, Canada, Europe, UK included on holidays & business. So stop talk crap. It could come in any way. NY infected, Dominicans are everywhere, go toopastou. So think out of the box. DA in the world. Relocate to Mars. Who…

    • viewsexpressed
      March 28, 2020

      Lord Help this Nation, well pen and I feel it needs to be repeated. You are a patriot.
      He having the coast guard patrolling the area should not be a problem, you don`t have enough boats you say? Well then I am sure the millions spent in campaigning and paying off artist would have helped. It is below for our people to read.
      Tell Skerrit as it is, because it appears he has some level of political clowns and boom boom flies buzzing all over him, no wonder he is able to raise the profile of our Dominica a and the standards of our people that he has reduced to begging and poverty. Shame on You Skerrit. You are a damn Failure. Get the Hell out of our Dominica. Go look for job that matches you. Bobol.? Maybe! Good Luck on your journey. Every rope has an end. We will see you there someday.
      “..having the coast guard patrolling the area should not be a problem. You dont have enough boats you say? Well I am sure the millions spent in campaigning and paying off artist would have helped us.

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    • Batibou River
      March 29, 2020

      All you red voters will regret having voted for him. All you were told over and over again that the man is no good…

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  28. Lord help this nation
    March 27, 2020

    Closing down the borders does not mean shutting it down against all human migration. If Dominicans wanted to come home (especial those in states like New York where student housing is kicking them out to make room for quarantine zones).

    1: Set up a pre arranged quarantine area like you all have in Picard.

    2: Ensure that you have a police officer or 2 there at the gate to discourage and prevent them from leaving. If police cant be stationed there then there are numerous security companies including one that who’s officers have license to carry firearms that can be hired to man that station at the gate.

    3: Put out a notice publicly that anyone coming into Dominica no matter what position you have on island will be quarantined for 14 days or more when coming into the country. nobody is exempt from the rule. Knowing people that know people should be put aside for the safety of everyone.

    Food should not be a problem in Dominica, that is just laziness.

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  29. Goodweed
    March 27, 2020

    I recently supported the labour party so I’m not about politics but rather policies. I said it before and i will day it again. Failure to close the country’s borders a few weeks ago is a strong reflection of poor leadership. If we had closed our borders earlier we would still be Covid-19 free, with everyone still enjoying life freely. Someone commented, if the border was closed ppl who are returning would be stranded. I say as a leader you have to decide do we inconvenience a few ppl over the risk of the entire population. The answer is clear. So again, no excuses with back door and that BS, and you out of your mind to think a sane person would even consider back door?
    Poor leadership is poor leadership.

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    • The Truth Be Told
      March 27, 2020

      Dominica is part of the World. We not in Mars. Our people travel a lot toutepas tout. We have businesss people who travel. Dominicans are all over from since the 60’s. U never complained when they came for Carnival though or Creole Festival. Of course many would consider back door. Corona bad u know so they running but she is a runner u know. Of course they would consider back door. Have u seen the real fear on people’s face? So u n Gwada & Martinique & u see corona in those places from France ? Yes they would come back door I am sure but you only want to think one way like a sol. Expand your mind a little bit. Think outside the box & do you believe borders shut or not would prevent. U are in a bubble right now. the only way u safe is relocate to Mars real quick before it is too late. Corona say she is a runner but soon her legs will break & she be pitched back to the pit where she belongs never to return. Lockdown on but what is needed is prayers not those negative blaming.

  30. Batibou River
    March 27, 2020

    As per usual you don’t make any sense at all. The reasons for you not shutting down are totally irrelevant in particular at times of a national emergency. One day we’ll find out the real reason. I suspect it will be reasons that have to do with your own interest rather than the interest of the state!

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    • The Truth Be Told
      March 27, 2020

      Batibou U not up to date. You know America really worse than China & did u hear of all the other places. Please go on WHO (World Health Organisation Site). Do u really think that would prevent Dominica 2 b in the style? Well most countries infected. Do u realise corona not afraid of no one – kings, queens, princes, princess, sportsmen, President wives, Presidents, young, old, medium, small, Pappyites, Skerrites, Lintonites, freedomites, all ites all over the world. With all necessary precautions taken, Dominicans themselves also go to France, Canada, Europe, UK included on holidays & business. So stop talk crap. It could come in any way. NY infected, Dominicans are everywhere, go toopastou. So think out of the box. DA in the world. Relocate to Mars. Who on?

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  31. Shaka zulu
    March 27, 2020

    The world is where it is because of idiots lime Donald trump, chi jing ping Ras Putin, skerrit and the likes. Men who think they run things and believe after them is God and then their friends, then their pets, then people come in somewhere in there. So passing backdoor is now part of our culture and that was main consideration in closing borders? Boy all you aint easy. Skerrit your insecurities are evident in your response and inability to have any significant plan for Dominica. Your language and ideology is equal to that of etellbot by the bus stop in roseau talking crap. To be resolute is to be independent and self reliant.

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    • The Truth Be Told
      March 27, 2020

      Shaka put on your thinking cap and think outside the box. Dominica is in the world not out of it. Our people all over since the 1960’s. Business people / others foing on vacation , business etc. For once ease up on the PM. Stop letting your not liking him come into your thinking. Boris get it. Prince Phillip too. Trudeau wife too. USA now worse than China with regards to infections. I hate to tell you this but you are not using your common sense at the least. Why u still play politics with corona now. Go read the news, see what ways u can contribute to curtail. This is not being obsesed with the PM. But u know that it have plenty back door. Read my other comments. Frightened people do anything. Person who would never have come backdoor would do because they not educated &once they see corona running they would fly/run to get away. Go sneeze or cough out there & perhaps u can even get hurt . Look at people. They are frightened. U go educate yourself go WHO website

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      • viewsexpressed
        March 30, 2020

        I thought your name is “The Truth Be Told”? Wel, what yo uh ave said below is not thetruth and iyt is out of context. Yu are getting too personal to defend Skerrrit, rather than to sat on the context and issue before us.
        We talk and comnet on issues here this Prie minister our sitting Prime Minister has behaved as this “Odd Minister” and we need to move on from this school of a behaviour as he said to us “Go To Hell, Go To Hell…it is none of our Dam Business”. Is that what we need and want from this failed Prime Skerrit Minister? The answer is a resounding “No”. Skerrit`s a failure, has no experience in socio-economic development. Agriculture dead and our sales from passport we need to know of, that an audit be done that Skerrit reports to we the people as tax payers. We need answers, the Report and audit of the sale of our passports money. Those people who hang about with you and shout nonsense “We Love our PM”
        Stop your liking him come into your thinking. He`s a…

    • Shaka zulu
      March 27, 2020

      Come independence day we will be celebrating a new event. The back door to gwada challenge. It is our culture After all. While we at it lets do a smuggle a hatian night and smuggle some cocaine night. That answers the question why so many Haitians ate in Dominica and being trafficed out without law enforcement doing one crap. Our government has lablled a cultural activity.

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  32. March 27, 2020

    You have proven to be incompetent, even more so during this crisis.
    Enough of you.

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    • The Truth Be Told
      March 27, 2020

      Where are u competent on the blog? He not so go volunteer not with your words but with action. Really? You guys need prayers. Too political. Time to stop this nonesense.

    • Covid19
      March 28, 2020

      Closing borders yes okay!!but St Vincent borders still open and they only had one case n the patient recovered and they a covid free right now.. Closing wasn’t the problem the problem was persons coming in should have been quarantined and supervised not having any contact with the outside public.. And patrol which sea smfh big countries spending millions n billions of dollars n they still struggling to control that shit people just coming in how they want.. Can’t stop that..see St Kitts weeks doing everything n preparing closing ports n they still get it.. all people talking bout what skerrit should n shouldn’t do I wonder if it’s just simple like how them talk..cya even get home yet and where I am it’s nothing bout politics and there are cases

  33. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    March 27, 2020

    “While agreeing that he is aware that things at the facility are not perfect; called for patience. “(Roosevelt Skerrit).

    Here we go again; after we read right here on DNO, how ready you McIntyre, and all the talking heads empty barrels ran off your mouths, talking about how ready you were, to fight corona-virus.

    It’s shucking to find out the few quarantine patient are not fed on time!

    Stop talking nonsense about they are quarantine for their own good; if anything they are quarantine for the good of the country; because if they are left not isolated; they will walk the streets, and everybody they come in contact with will become infected!

    Quarantine does not mean a cure Roosevelt; there is no known medication to treat the disease, they believe the medication Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), used for treating lupus and other immune problems works, however, a man and his wife in the State of Arizona took it as protection, the husband is now dead, wife critical in hospital!

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    • Man bite dogs
      March 27, 2020

      @Francisco, please tell us how much better your country so-called mighty America is doing about Covid-19 with so many people dieing each day? Instead of you and your Covidiots keep having disgusting nasty comments at Pm Skerrit, I just hope you mfs and family don’t fall sick with the Covid-19 Virus.

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    • The Truth Be Told
      March 27, 2020

      FRancisco they need u down there to drop off the food for those in quarantine. Hope you researching too to find a cure. Francisco the expert. Some advice and forget the PM. Stop hating and be educational. What are your suggestions? Francisco I need to hear some positive talks. Not bashing Roosevelt. Do you still remember or when u see Roosevelt you forgot that it is worldwide crisis?

      Francisco this is not politics. Emancipate yourself from Roosevelt and objectively analyse and comment sensibly. Forget Roosevelt. Stop blame game. Who you blaming for all the other countries? Hope is not Roosevelt as some of your co followers/supporters doing?

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        March 30, 2020

        They do not want my food, they do not even want what God provided for them!

        As long as they have doctor Punjab with his HIFU machine he said Dominica is the only place in the Caribbean with one, and he Roosevelt Skerrit the triple doctor can use it to cure any form of disease, all they need is their god Roosevelt.

        If the cure were to descend from heaven above, all the Dominicans who voted for Roosevelt would deny themselves of the cure from heaven: they would tell you.”We doh want it,” Roosevelt will cure this disease, and feed us!

        And let me tell you something; I have long emancipated myself, by acquiring  the best academic education I could afford, I am both college and university educated; it is all about politics, but you  are so delusional you can’t understand that!

        Roosevelt will  cause the death of more than half of Dominica before people like you find the definition of the term emancipate your mind!

  34. Maybe
    March 27, 2020

    Pm I agree with you one hundred person but the super markets can stay open cause people have to eat but you are so good for dominca

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    • My name
      March 28, 2020

      I would advise them to listen to the PM of St.Kitts. He is articulate and ready so different from the PM of Dominica

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    • viewsexpressed
      March 31, 2020

      Maybe, are you for real this nonsensical comment, reference to this Comical failed Odd Minister? We have this clown Skerrit and his failed labour government in our government over 19 years and he has taken us to the doldrums, Pits of poverty and hypocrisy. Over the years it is well known and established that we have a failed PM and corrupt labour government very much in our Government killing all the limited resources we have in our Dominica?
      Skerrit is a failure, immature, incompetent and he must get the hell out of our government. “Go to Hell, Go to Hell, it is our Damn Business, you get lost Skerrit away from our government. You have failed and obviously too immature to be Prime Minister and head of suffering Island called Dominica that you have created.
      Go away Skerrit and take the bunch of your failed, corrupted incompetent Labour minsters (19??)with you. We need to rebuild our nature Isle, we love very much. Skerrit you are this dark cloud over our people and our Dominica…

  35. zandoli
    March 27, 2020

    Our dear leader is brilliant. He first waited for the virus to breach our defence before he closed the border (with immediate effect). Brilliant move!!

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    • God's child
      March 27, 2020

      What if I told you the virus have been on your shores since last year..Took time to manifest….STOP blaming

      • Toto
        March 30, 2020

        Well, I hope your Father look after you then because the P.M. can not do it for sure.

    • Bwa-Banday
      March 27, 2020

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: boy Zando you have jokes :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: . Garson them man think because you like tree and bycard you stupid eh :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    • Man bite dogs
      March 27, 2020

      @zandoli, other countries that shut their borders early did not stopped the Virus so how would it help to shutdown dominica early do you know how much it will cost to shutdown any country regardless of size? If you don’t know ask the blackboard man Lennox Linton.

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    • The Truth Be Told
      March 27, 2020

      zandoli border open or not, the risk was still high for Dominica & any other country. Read the news. No one is exempt, no country, island, princes, princesses, kings, presidents, sportsmen, actors, big, little, big big, handsome, pretty, tall, thick. Pappyites, Skerritites, Lintonites, zandoliites, Franciscoites, lavrovites, freedomites, newpartyites, non are exempted but all I say this corona will evacuate to the bottomless pit of hell never to return to the face of the earth again. Who with me on this one ? The ayes have it. Now is love time with proper social distancing. Hope u practice hygiene & social distancing so u will shower love when corona runs away to the pit. Show some love on DNO blog. No time for complain, blaming. It is here. What do we do to mitigate the spreading of it. Go t
      Coronavirus disease 2019 – World Health Organizationwww.who.int › emergencies › diseases › novel-coronavirus-2019 to get the full update & I am sure u will not b the same again. Info

    • March 27, 2020

      The p.m know dat he has insurance for his self and children and in sodoing the p.m said and i qoute ,if my children fall sick , i can fly dem out but what about you dominicans?.p.m went further and said dominicans will grapple or sink under corona virus…such insensitive words from d a prime minister…his words shows his character…go to hell go to hell its not your d business

      P.m

    • Marbewya
      March 28, 2020

      Enough said, you are not a leader and will never be one. You let the virus in and now trying to play hero. Always want Dominicans begging at your feet. Your words are the only words you want to hear. The same border and country you did not want to close were forced to be close because of other countries and Dominicans are slowly closing the country on you. This virus is all about prevention that’s why we were asking to close the border. You are not the smartest person in Dominica or OECS by far.
      Step aside with that ego and let the smart folks take care of Dominica. At this point your words have no credibility.

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      • Gary
        March 30, 2020

        Before you give can credence to commonsense it must stand up to the rigorous test of intelligence. Have you not heard, never assume the obvious is true.

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      • Gary
        March 30, 2020

        Sorry, my reply was not intended towards your comment.

    • viewsexpressed
      March 31, 2020

      Our dear leader,???, you mean just like this failed Fake North Korea little immature clown Leader that you say is “brilliant” (lol..lol). Please list the qualities of this so called “immature Skerrit. “This fake leader..Brilliant”?? You are sick somewhere, somehow. How on earth can you worship, promote a failed comical PM as “brilliant”. OH I see, this is what the Brilliant behaviour is; Here goes, the abuse of our tax money. 1.The Bin Bobol, 2.The Fertilizer Bobol, 3.The Red Clinic Bobol, 4. The Passport Bobol. All of this means the abuse of our states money and no one, including you Zandoli, will not correct failed Skerrit of this devious behaviour in high office, but you`re blind, condone and ignorant of the abuse of our states resources while our people suffer and have to come beg your clown Skerrit at the abusive Red Clinic. Disgusting. Shame.
      He first waited for the virus to breach our defence before he closed the border (with immediate effect).Brilliant move. Skerrit…

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