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Jun 2, 2020

Five Mexican Detained for Illegally Entering Belize

An additional forty-five samples were processed today for the corona virus and the Ministry of Health is reporting that all were negative. Belize has now entered its eight week since the last confirmed case but the safety of Belizeans is at risk by persons who enter Belize illegally. Over the weekend, five Mexican fishermen were arrested by Belizean authorities for being in Belize illegally. The vessel the men were in was not registered and they were found with empty fuel drums. These men, according to Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero, will be placed on mandatory quarantine for fourteen days before being handed to police.

Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“In the review we did yesterday of quarantine facilities we are noting that we are not having persons being caught illegal in Belize, not only Mexicans and Guatemalans. I think there is are Nicaraguans and Hondurans now on that list. What routinely happens depending on why or who found them, they will brought to the quarantine facility. The Ministry of Health is not going to routinely be involved in the legal status of these individuals. We would just screen then for health purposes, keep them under quarantine for the fourteen days and swab them at day fourteen and they will be released to go back and face whatever legal situation they may have. For example in down west, we had people who have completed the fourteen days and so they were released and I believe that the police takes the necessary action that is needed.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“But I am saying that they might consider taking the risk to cross the border illegally to get away from the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Guatemala and Mexico.”

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“I would hope not. I don’t think that is the case. I don’t think that should be a reason. I don’t see it happening.”


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