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Jun 10, 2020

COVID-19 Cases on the Rise in Guat!

COVID case number twenty was recorded on Tuesday here in Belize, but in Guatemala the latest numbers show almost eight thousand confirmed cases and three hundred dead. And one of those deaths is suspected to include the head of the Guatemalan Immigration in Melchor. He is said to have died suddenly and the community there believes it is related to the virus. A post-mortem is pending to determine cause of death. But there are reports of another case at the border in Melchor. On Tuesday, Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero was asked to comment on the matter. Here’s what he had to say:


Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“I have seen the note. I did not see it say he died of respiratory failure. The note says that he died of a seeming heart condition, but because his death was so sudden and they are thinking that it’s a myocardial infarction that he was going to be swabbed and I assume tested for a Covid-19 case. That’s what I know. I haven’t seen the official report that in point of fact he has been considered to be a Covid-19 case. There is also another worker there who was tested positive. We also got that note yesterday. We also have not gotten that confirmation. As I understand it they are not testing them there, they are just doing the swab and sending it elsewhere, but we are seeing lots of that start to come up, but we have not seeing any confirmation that in point of fact anybody at that border station point has turned out to be a positive case. Can you comment on the significance of those cases for public health in Belize? Well, as far as I know the border would be closed, so I don’t know how much of an interaction Belizeans would be having with people at the border entry point, if at all it would be the people who have started to come back like from Friday of last week. It would be interesting or we would need to know where he potentially got the infection from and also if you are just crossing the border entry point and you are handing your passport on to somebody, that’s a casual contact. If your exchange of words is minimal whatever happens there in that short period of time that would be considered as a casual interaction. I don’t know that from the public health standpoint we would routinely be that much concerned with that situation.”

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