Saturday 5 December, 2020

Dominica records four more COVID-19 cases, two linked to university

Dominica has recorded four more cases of COVID-19 this week and half of them were linked to a local university.

National epidemiologist Dr Shalauddin Ahmed in the COVID-19 update this week said two of the four new cases were linked to a cluster originating from the All Saints University School of Medicine in Roseau. 

He said the third case was identified via a rapid test at Douglas-Charles Airport upon entry and the fourth case was a foreign national identified via pre-travel screening.

Ahmed said the age range of the four cases is between 23-38 and there are two males and two females. He reported all four people are asymptomatic but two exhibited mild flu-like symptoms (mild fever and runny nose) a week prior to their diagnosis. He said contact tracing was ongoing and 72 contacts have been tested so far and all are negative.

The total number of active cases now stood at 17 and the 55 people have recovered. There have still been no deaths to date. 

Ahmed stressed that COVID-19 is a "superspreading disease" and has a reproduction of 5.7 compared to the flu which has a rate of 1.5. He explained a person with COVID-19 could transmit it to six people on average compared to the flu which is an average of two people.

He reemphasised the following of COVID-19 recommendations including wearing of face masks, frequent hand washing, physical distancing, and staying home if experiencing flu-like symptoms.



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