DOMINICA: Active COVID-19 cases climb to 45


Nature Isle News:

National Epidemiologist, Dr. Shallaudin Ahmed has revealed, that Dominica now has 45 active Covid-19 cases.

He made that disclosure at a Ministry of Health press briefing on the evening of August 4, 2021. “As of today (August 4, 2021) our active cases are 45…total recovered cases are 209 and to date, there have been no deaths due to Covid-19. Of the 45 active cases, 42 are locally transmitted and 3 cases are imported ones,” he said.

According to him, their age ranges from 7 years to 65 years with a median age of 26 years.

He continued, “62% are females and 38% are males and most of the cases are part of the Lot event cluster and the majority of the cases are asymptomatic.”

“However, we are seeing a lot more symptomatic cases this time around than in the previous wave,” Dr. Ahmed stated. He mentioned also that the symptoms are so far mild.

“The clinical presentation includes fever, mild cough, headache, body ache, loss of taste, and some of them were presented with diarrhea,” he noted.

Dr. Ahmed pointed out that all symptomatic cases are unvaccinated.

He further revealed that to date a total of 120 contacts were tested using the PCR method, “of this 120, forty (40) contacts are positive, 61 contacts are negative and 19 are pending.”

“All PCR positive cases are isolated at the St James isolated unit and they are doing okay,” he stated.

Dr. Ahmed mentioned that so far the Ministry of Health has completed over 450 antigen tests, “and of these, we have 40 PCR contacts that are positive.”

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