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Feb 11, 2020

Coronavirus is Now COVID-19; Belize Prepares

Marvin Manzanero

And in the Ministry’s preparation and prevention plans for the virus, Manzanero says that they are working with their partners to prepare because the way the virus has been spreading indicates that it is very likely that it will spread to Belize. Manzanero says that they are keeping updated as information surrounding the virus calls for all countries to be prepared. The World Health Organization has given the illness a new name for the disease that makes no reference to places, animals or people to avoid stigma. The virus is now officially called COVID-19. So far, it is has claimed over one thousand lives and there are over forty two thousand infections.  Here’s more from Manzanero.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“It is ongoing. Dynamics change. Earlier this morning we had discussions with KHMH in terms of trying to see how we can support their unit in terms of getting ventilators. It is not just for corona virus but for any other influenza outbreak of serious cases. So, that mechanism is trying to identify the funds to help them in that regard.  We are having a further meeting with surveillance officers across the country tomorrow to go back and review where the plan is because it can be just about corona virus. I believe that the way it is starting to move now, it is eventually just going to be a question of when it gets here. It might not be in this flu season, it might be in the next flu season. We don’t know yet. We are also meeting with stakeholders from social security on Thursday to give a presentation on where we are and see how we can have joint efforts in reference to the topic. It changes – now it has an official name, it is no longer called the corona virus; I think it is the COVID-19 is the official name it has been given.”

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