Dominica’s active COVID-19 cases are 361, bringing the island’s total confirmed case count to 576.

National Epidemiologist Dr. Shallaudin Ahmed made the announcement at a press briefing on August 12.

Dr. Ahmed also told the briefing that the Pan- American Health Organization (PAHO) has advised Dominica to use the results of Rapid Antigen tests as confirmation of COVID-19.

According to Dr. Ahmed, while PCR tests, the “golden standard”, were used as COVID-19 confirmation by Dominica, PAHO stressed the severity of the current outbreak.

With Antigen tests at 90% efficacy for COVID-19 detection, a decision was taken to consider Antigen positive results as confirmation that an individual has the virus.