COVID-19 outbreak in Dominica caused delay in developmental projects: PM Skerrit

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Dominica: While addressing the nation on 24 August 2021 via radio, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit informed about the current projects initiated by the government, such as – revamping housing project, Roseau and Portsmouth enhancement project, and construction of a new health centre in Roseau and St Joseph.

PM noted that the Dominican government is constructing an administrative complex in Portsmouth, and repair work in Great George Street will be commenced soon. He also discussed the international airport project.

Prime Minister Skerrit stated that the ongoing projects of the Dominican government got delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country.

Besides this, PM Skerrit shed light on the vaccination drive and urged the citizens to take their jabs as soon as possible so that the projects are no longer delayed and people can get back to normalcy.

He added, the COVID-19 statistics of various nations, including Dominica, shows that the unvaccinated people have higher chances of getting severe COVID-19 illness as every 17 out of 18 positive cases are of the individuals who have not received a single dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

He emphasized that the Dominican government is not planning to make the intake of vaccines mandatory and added that, “It is the responsibility of every citizen to get themselves vaccinated and encourage their family members, friends, colleagues, neighbours and employees to take vaccine doses.”

PM Skerrit also centred the significance of COVID-19 testing and stated that it helps an individual to know their status. “It is in the hands of people to get back to normalcy and defeat the contagious pandemic,” he added.

Prime Minister cited it is the responsibility of every individual to understand that they abide by the COVID-19 health protocols which are imposed by the government, such as – wearing masks, sanitizing frequently, and maintaining a social distance so as to keep themselves and their families safe and healthy.

Additionally, PM Skerrit appreciated the frontline and healthcare workers for their commitment, dedication and hard work they are doing to inoculate the population in such challenging times to keep them safe.


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