Chief Medical Officer(CMO), Dr. David Johnson, has said that the Ministry of Health is following very closely the recent report of SARS-Covid-2 Variant that has been identified in the United Kingdom (UK).
Johnson made the announcement while delivering remarks at a press briefing this week.
He said the Ministry of Health has been in communication with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), World Health Organization (WHO) and The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on this new development.
The CMO said Dominica participated in an urgent meeting held earlier this week convened by CARPHA with Chief Medical Officers in the CARICOM region, PAHO and the OECS Commission to discuss SARS Covid-2 Variant in the UK.
“There is no evidence to-date as yet which suggests this new strain of virus is causing more deaths. Dominica public health response on any public health issue is always guided by the best available evidence,” Dr. Johnson stated.
He continued, “Keeping with the basic principles and practices to reduce risk of transmission of all acute respiratory infections, we continue to advise avoid close contact with persons suffering from any flu-like symptoms, frequent hand washing with soap and water.”
According to Dr. Johnson, persons with symptoms with acute respiratory infections should practice cough etiquette and wearing masks which is mandatory.