Dominica’s Ministry of Health is following very closely, the recent report of the SARS-COVID2 Variant that has been identified in the United Kingdom as of December 13th, 2020.
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson stated that the Ministry of Health is in communication with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on this new development.
Dominica participated in an urgent meeting on December 21, 2020, convened by CARPHA with Chief Medical Officers in the CARICOM Region, PAHO, and OECS Commission to discuss the SARS-COVID2 Variant in the UK.
“We are very pleased for the support provided by CARPHA and the Pan American Health Organization in this respect. The World Health Organization has advised that further virological studies be conducted to understand fully the specific mutation found in the United Kingdom. So although there is intense transmission from all reports and rapid spread in the areas where the variant, SARS-COVID2 strain were found, there is no evidence to date as yet which suggests this new strain of virus is causing more deaths as yet,” Dr. Johnson said.
Dr. Johnson added that Dominica’s public health response to any public health issues is always guided by the best available evidence.
“So, in keeping with the basic principles and practices to reduce risk of transmissions of all acute respiratory infections, we continue to advise; avoid close contacts with persons suffering from any flu-like symptoms, frequent handwashing with soap and water; persons with symptoms of acute respiratory infections should practice cough etiquette.
“I cannot emphasize that enough, and wearing of masks in public as you have heard which is mandatory,” the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson informed.