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A ‘Deeply Sorry’ Skerrit Sees Dominica’s 1st COVID Death as Opportunity for National Reflection


(Dominica News Online) Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said he is “deeply sorry” for the death of Dominica’s first COVID-19 victim and said it presents an opportunity for national reflection.

On Tuesday, August 17, 2021 a 46-year old female became the first Dominican to die from the dreaded coronavirus.

“My family and I offer deepest condolences to her family and close friends as they come to terms with this deep and shocking loss. Our nation grieves with you,” the Prime Minister said in a post on his Facebook page. “I pledge my support, and that of the Government and People of Dominica, to the family during their time of bereavement and wish them God’s comfort and strength during this difficult period.”

He said the passing of the individual presents an opportunity for national reflection and reminds us of the need to practice all safety protocols recommended by health officials to protect ourselves and the most vulnerable and at-risk among us.

“We must all work together to prevent further spread of this disease to safeguard the collective health of our nation.

May God bless the bereaved family. May God bless Dominica,” Skerrit stated.

Health Minister, Dr. Irving McIntyre, in a statement earlier today, said the deceased, who had pre-existing medical conditions, was admitted to the COVID Isolation Unit on August 14th and passed away today, August 17th, 2021.


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