Dominica records 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19; five have tested negative and discharged


Dominica has recorded its 16th case of COVID-19.

“We got a new positive today and as we speak, we have our health teams tracing and contacting all the persons associated with that new case,” Minister for Health, Dr. Irving McIntyre stated at a COVID briefing on Thursday evening. “They will do it all through the evening, all  through the night to make sure we can swab every single contact of this new case.”

According to McIntyre so far, 309 tests have been done, that is, 44 tests for every 10,000 people in Dominica.

“That is, the second highest in region after the Cayman Islands,” he stated…”not only because we have the capacity but because we have the dedicated staff as well.”

The minister also said that as of today, four more patients who all tested negative twice during the last 24 hours, would be discharged from the St. James COVID hospital in Portsmouth.

“So this adds four to the first patient that was discharged yesterday and that is good news for us,” he noted.”We also have three other patients at the St. James facility in Portsmouth who already have one of their tests negative and we are waiting for their second negative test tomorrow  and the also will be discharged as soon as we get their second negative test tomorrow.”

McIntyre said that at the Princess Margaret Hospital, there’s also one patient whose first COVID test has come back negative and if the second test which is expected tomorrow, is negative, that patient will be discharged.

The video of the COVID-19 briefing by the Ministry of Health is posted below.


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  1. Annon
    April 10, 2020

    THE WHOLE COVID19 SCARE IS A MAJOR SCAM. There is no virus. The test kit is totally inaccurate other than to test for certain genetic material which many people have normally. Watch the David Icke interview on LondonReal if you can find it. Knowledgeable doctors are refuting the whole set up with reclassification of what a person actually dies of to COVID19, a non-existent virus. YouTube takes it down as fast as someone puts it up. This whole thing is a fraud to usher in the NWO and communism. Just as you saw with 9-11, they justified taking away peoples’ RIGHTS (freedoms) so that they could keep them SAFE. I choose freedom over safety any day because no government is to be trusted especially when you know who actually runs the world and what the ultimate objective is. You will have neither freedom nor safety if you don’t wake up fast. They are boiling the frog.

    • My Eyes wide open
      April 11, 2020

      @ Annon, the only thing I agree with you on is this “The test kit is totally inaccurate”
      When one thinks of the ongoing argument between Barbados and Trinidad, where Barbados is telling Trinidad that they tested their nationals and they are negative and Trinidad in response is saying they will only accept their nationals in Barbados only if Barbados uses their test kit to test them, which Barbados refuse to do, one can clearly see that those test kits are manipulated to give the result the individual countries want..

      • Toto
        April 11, 2020

        Not so brother, the reason is more sad than that. We are in Caricom but we don’t trust each other, even if the test kits are the same. One island can not accept that the other just as good or even better. That whole Caricom thing is just something made of wax, not solid, a bit of heat comes and it melting.

  2. Frances Harvey
    April 10, 2020

    There are 16 confirmed cases and 5 of them have recovered so that leaves only 11 active cases. This handling and spreading of the virus is pretty well contained, well done Dominica.

    • Lin clown
      April 12, 2020

      ANNON,GOOGLE Dominica population 2020,I bet you will never give us the answer,or you will say the information is FAKE NEWS.

  3. The Watchman
    April 10, 2020

    Whether we have 14 cases or 1000, the truth is for us in Dominica, it’s like we going nowhere under Skerrit. We can hate Linton and those of us that speak against the Evils of Skerrit as much as you want but the truth is, as long as we continue to uphold Skerrit and his very Evil government, things will not get better. We can pray and fast as much as we want, re name Dominica and mountains as muçh as we want and even bring down well known gospel artists to lead us into fake praise and worship, nothing will change as long as the Evil one who has sold himself to do bad is in charge. I know some will say Covid-19 is all over which is true, but our bad days began way before Covid-19. We lost Ross University, our banana industry and now tourism. While we are busy dealing with COVID-19, let’s not forget we are less than two months away from an above average hurricane season.
    Rev.22:11 says “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still…”

    • April 11, 2020

      @Watchman, you wrote almost the same thing in a previous comment–the same kind of rubbish–evil Skerrit and Linton blah blah blah.

      What does love and hate about PM Skerrit and Lennox Linton has to do with the situation that we are facing now? Are you suggesting that love for Linto and hate for PM Skerrit would defeat the spread of Corvid-19 all over the World?

      Come on now people! Try your best to find something constructive in your minds to speak or write about that will enlighten the minds of others. Otherwise, please be quiet!

  4. dissident
    April 10, 2020

    Are you boasting off that you have done more test to prove that you have more suspected cases?
    We are reminded that the dedicated staff you refer to include an extra 25 nurses and doctors from Cuba.
    It would be interesting to find out from the planning department whether that St James place meets the requirements and accepted standard for a legal hospital structure…. you should be careful.
    Finally, you referred to our national hospital by its rightful name…. Princess Margaret Hospital

  5. Thumbs Up
    April 10, 2020

    That’s good that people are recovering. Am I the only one who is kinda uneasy about them being discharged though? This thing has my mind in a mess.

  6. The Watcman
    April 10, 2020

    I know I will be criticized for my blogs but I will not hold my peace because I see how our nation has gotten worse and worse, in such a short space of time and the way of peace and happiness have we lost. Revelation 18: 1-2 “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” Oh how Dominica has fallen and has become the habitation of evil and a cage of unclean, deceitful hateful spirits! It’s clear that from the time Roosevelt Skerrit forced his way to the top, evil has become our new norm. But he keeps deceiving us by bringing down some well known gospel artists to help him hide his evil, but things keep getting worse. Like the children of Israel, the more God tries to warn us, the worse we seem to get. “Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?” Mark 8:18

  7. Bertina
    April 10, 2020

    Why the number going up it was 15 now it 16

    • Joe
      April 10, 2020

      Because I believe the government is not telling us the truth like some other countries by coming out straight we will better prepared. God help our people.

      • Toto
        April 11, 2020

        Joe with so many vulnerable people in our population with blood pressure, diabetes and obesity I am surprised no deaths have been reported yet. That is highly unusual don’t you think? Maybe they record deaths under causes other than corona virus.

        • Chardo
          April 11, 2020

          Of course they do! Never ever put something past Skerrit. He only reports things that make him look good and half of these things are also a lie

    • God's child
      April 10, 2020

      They do not hold the pandemic in their hands. 16 is not bad and be thankful Dominica is being speared Give thanks girl….Have you looked at the news lately

    • Look it.
      April 11, 2020

      Bertina- suppose no. 16 is a policeman,then this figure will doubled quickly,let us live in hope

    • April 11, 2020

      This means that the total number of people who have been tested positive is 16, they cannot keep that a secrete. But a first 5 have been cured–so to speak–then we have 11 waiting to be cured.

      And as long as they find a new patient the total number of finds will be added–but that doesn’t mean none is being cured, and the number that is cured will reduce the number that tests positive.

  8. The Wathcman
    April 10, 2020

    Thank God for those that have been healed and sent home, as we trust God for the healing of those at the hospitals and elsewhere. But let us not allow ourselves to be blinded to the bigger picture. The truth is, of late things have not been experiencing peace here, as we always seem to be dealing with some national crisis that we can trace back to the death of Pierre Charles. It was from that time peace and tranquility left us and EVil and panic became our new norm. It was from that time many good people became part of an evil regime. So Evil people firebombed the house of GON Emmanuel ON CHRITMAS DAY and they said nothing! Not too long after we saw the flooding of Roseau on Christmas Eve. Then we saw the destruction of Erika, followed by Maria and now COVID-19. It’s Easter weekend and our churches are locked! Isa:57: 20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. Time to Repent

  9. Ras B
    April 10, 2020

    This is exceptionally good news. Total 16 positives, five cured based on negative swabs which were once positive, leaves 11 who are still positive, of those 11 three in Portsmouth and one in Roseau already has their first test negative and we await the result of the second test, if that second test is also negative, we would be down to 7 positive cases. If we continue our current practices with the obvious benefits of social distancing and quarantine, Dominica may soon be rid of this virus. It is important though that we do not reverse this progress by reverting to risky behaviour.

    Heaven must be smiling on Dominica, So fellow Dominicans let us keep up the good works and adhere to the advice given by the health care professionals. Dominica is ours to build. Let us learn the relevant lessons while we build our resistance and resilience. Continue to pray and give thanks to almighty God for looking over us all.

  10. Red Doctor
    April 10, 2020

    “McIntyre said that at the Princess Margaret Hospital”.
    Dr. McIntyre stop confusing people. I have known for many years and I know you are smart and always say what is on your mind. So Dr McIntyre if you don’t agree with Skerrit’s China Dominica hospital day so please! If you don’t believe in the one China policy of Skerrit, say so please. It cannot be a slip of the tongue to refer to Skerrit’s renamed hospital by it’s original name

  11. Together
    April 10, 2020

    16 cases now, with more to come. Please I call on our people to be smart and selfless about this pandemic. Selfishness, and inconsideration are allies of any pandemic, and our usual “me and me alone and first” will be detrimental to our efforts in fighting this ccp virus. Please stop thinking that it will not come to you, instead think about taking all the steps that you can to prevent it coming to you. Big thanks to all the health care workers, and frontline people in this fight. If we work together, we will have a chance to win.

    • Efficacious
      April 10, 2020

      Together- sometime we need to talk none sense to pick sense out of none sense. There was a hurricane named Maria which divided the people through favouritism, then came general election and the people with wrong doings were exposed. Now mr.COVID appears on the scene saying, if you practice manners,respect and obedience to each other ,you stand a fair chance of not contracted me but, i am not going by one full a basket..Is mr COVID in the AIR or in the soil, the lungs need the oxygen the hand tilt the soil,how did that gas get to the body in the first place.just a thought.

    • Annon
      April 10, 2020

      Fraud feeds on ignorance.

  12. D/can to d bone
    April 10, 2020

    Prayers going up our people and I hope tou all speaking the truth..I so dont trust you guys already playing with peoples health. Dca lets pray pray pray

  13. Pipo
    April 10, 2020

    Thanks for the update. Interesting he refers to the China Dominica Friendship hospital by its foundation name Princess Margaret Hospital. A slip of the tongue perhaps. Anyway it sounds more comfortable to me.

    • UKDominican
      April 11, 2020

      I am inclined to agree. The China Friendship this and that is a rather mundane and overused name. Examples: the China Uganda Friendship hospital, the China Japan Friendship hospital, the Pakistan China Friendship hospital, the Sierra Leone China Friendship hospital, not to mention the China Maldives bridge, the Sino Korean Friendship bridge, our own China Dominica Friendship bridge and various other similarly named projects in other countries I would have thought that our Chinese benefactors and our government could have used some more imagination and decide on a more inspiring name to spice things up a bit.

  14. Lover of Dominica
    April 9, 2020

    Ok base on their number here:
    309 tested
    that 44 for every 10,000
    This meaning the government says the population is 70,227 people living on Dominica!
    really…. what do you think, do we really have this many people here?

    So, if we have 72,227 people living on Dominica, we have test 0.4% of the population (4 for every 1000 persons).

    1. have the government ministers have been tested?
    2. have health care workers been tested?

    if yes to these question, this means an even smaller number of the general population has been tested

    • Batibou River
      April 10, 2020

      The real figure is less than 60,000. Of course they used the figure from the voters register which also includes the dead that died up to 20 years ago. I hope you all get a better understanding now of how Skerrit wins elections in DA.

      • Pipo
        April 11, 2020

        Well Batibou, if our population is really closer to 60,000, and I believe you, then our average for testing should be more because you do the same amount of testing on a smaller population. You see how you can
        shoots yourself in the foot by not disclosing correct statistics?

    • Warrior Nation
      April 10, 2020

      What exactly is your point though? Only persons who have shown symptoms, have recently travelled or are found to have been in contact with someone who has tested positive qualify to be tested themselves. Do you expect that the entire population fits this criteria? Should the tests be administered to all and sundry? Stop creating unnecessary skepticism with irrelevant calculations and let us pray that we overcome this disease.

    • Country Warrior
      April 10, 2020

      Umm so what exactly is your point? Only persons who have travelled, are exhibiting symptoms or have come in contact with someone who is covid positive qualify to be tested. Are you suggesting that the entire population fits this criteria and should have been tested? Stop with the nonsense and misleading people with arbitrary calculations and let’s pray we get over this disease in quick time. Smh.

    • Annon
      April 10, 2020

      No, you don’t have that many people in DA. Many have left.
      The test is inaccurate so forget about the test.
      The whole thing is a scam to take away peoples’ rights. It is called “stay home and shut up.”

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