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Mar 27, 2020

No New COVID-19 Infections; Belize Remains with 2 Positive Cases

Russell Manzanero

Tonight, the country remains on the yellow phase, which is phase one of COVID-19.  There are still only two confirmed cases of the virus in Belize and both are in San Pedro and involves a thirty-eight-year-old woman and her mother.  The Ministry of Health says that the tests done between Thursday and today are all negative.  To date, almost ninety tests have been done.  During today’s ‘Ask the Experts’ live webcast, Ministry of Health officials gave an update into the COVID-19 response. Director of the Epidemiology Unit, Doctor Russell Manzanero shares the latest into the testing being carried out by the Central Medical Lab.


Dr. Russell Manzanero, Director of Epidemiology Unit

“To date and currently in real time, we are processing additional samples for COVID. To date, we have actually screened eighty-six samples for COVID, of which we know that the same two have remained positive; the index case and her immediate contact. We do know that areas are being screened right now. We have three samples that were screened from Belize City; three from Corozal and one from Stann Creek. So, four of those are already negative that we are already seeing and the other three are actually being ran right now. So, that is what we are waiting on. Of course, there is ongoing testing for additional influenza viruses that is ongoing as well. But particularly for COVID-19, this is the amount we have tested so far; eighty six and the four for today remain negative.”

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