As the Ministry of Health works to safeguard Dominica against the highly-contagious coronavirus, travel restrictions have been placed on people travelling between Dominica and China.
This was announced by Honorable Minister for Health and Wellness, Dr. Irvin McIntyre.
The virus was detected in Wuhan, China which remains the epicenter.
As confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), cases diagnosed out of China are of persons who contracted the virus while in China.
Dr. McIntyre said Wednesday, “There is also a high presence of Chinese immigrant workers who travel back and forth from Dominica to China. However, the Ministry is in contact with the International community (WHO,PAHO,CARPHA,CDC) to keep abreast of the situation,” he assured.
The Minister continued, “We are in constant contact with the embassy officials here, yes they will be staying here, they won’t be travelling back to China to have to come back. So that’s not an issue of Chinese workers coming in and going back.”
Dr. McIntyre also asserted that the risk of the Caribbean region being affected by the coronavirus is presently at medium to low.