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Dominica Confirms First COVID-19 Death; Strict lockdown curfew extended

Dominica Health Minister Dr Irving McIntyre confirmed the country’s first COVID-19 death – a 46-year-old female, with pre-existing medical conditions.

According to the Ministry, the patient was admitted to the COVID Isolation Unit on August 14th and passed away on August 17th, 2021.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said he is “deeply sorry” for the death of Dominica’s first COVID-19 victim.

“My family and I offer deepest condolences to her family and close friends as they come to terms with this deep and shocking loss. Our nation grieves with you, I pledge my support, and that of the Government and People of Dominica, to the family during their time of bereavement and wish them God’s comfort and strength during this difficult period.”

Skerrit noted that the woman’s death presents an opportunity for national reflection and reminded everyone of the need to practice the safety protocols recommended by health officials.

“We must all work together to prevent further spread of this disease to safeguard the collective health of our nation.”

Extended Lockdown

Due to the continuous spike in cases and the recorded death, the government announced a further extension of the Emergency Powers Curfew Order of 2021.

Cabinet Secretary, Careen Prevost, announced that the curfew would remain in effect until August 23.

“As you are already aware, a person shall not be out in public between the hours of 5:00 AM and 6:00 PM [local time] on Monday to Friday except to provide or to access essential services.”

Prevost also noted that the list of essential services that can be accessed during the week has been clearly defined in the SRO recently published.

And for the weekend, Dominica will undergo a complete lockdown from Friday beginning 5:00 AM.

“This lockdown is specifically to allow for our frontline workers who have been at this fight from day one to rest and spend time with their families. Many of us may not understand the immense pressure, long hours and commitment required from our frontline workers at this time,” Prevost said.

She urged all Dominicans to lend their support by following the necessary protocols and staying at home.


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