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Mar 13, 2020

How prepared are residents for COVID-19?

The first detection of the coronavirus took place in December 2019 in Wuhan China. In less than three months, it has spread across the globe, infecting thousands of persons and killing over four thousand six hundred persons. Studies have since shown that the elderly population and children as well as persons with chronic illnesses are more at-risk of contracting the virus. The Ministry of Health and other international organizations have been stressing the need for proper hand washing etiquette and for persons to practice social distancing to prevent its transmission. Today, News Five took to the streets of the Old Capital to find out just how prepared Belizeans really are for the inevitable.


[How prepared are residents for COVID-19?]


The latest from the Ministry of Health is that it has completed another review of the COVID-19 plan with the different regional management teams and the C.E.O. of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority. The ministry says it is also following persons who are now in self-isolation given their recent travel history. The Ministry says it will now require, with immediate effect, that all visitors arriving from China, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Spain be placed under quarantine at their own expense. Any national returning from these countries, and from cities in the United States that have documented community spread, will be placed under quarantine.

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