New COVID-19 measures implemented in Dominica

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ROSEAU, Dominica, Aug 3, CMC – The Dominica government Tuesday announced a series of new measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including a curfew and increased fines for persons not adhering to the Public Health Act as the authorities deal with a cluster of cases arising from two events held recently.

“We will be accepting no nonsense in the country over the next seven days and beyond,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said, adding “the penalty for people who fail to comply with this order has been increased to EC$5,000 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents).

“These measures are not intended to scare the population but to ensure that we act quickly to avoid a deterioration of the situation,” Skerrit said in an address to the nation, interrupting the closing debate of the 2021 national budget in Parliament.

Skerrit said that PCR and other tests carried out on Sunday as a result of the two public activities had showed that “an individual or individuals had entered the country illegally and took part in a bikers’ activity along with a Jam at a location in Pottersvile”, on the outskirts of the capital on July 25.

Read more at: Barbados Today

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