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Jun 11, 2020

Attorney General Comments on New Cases of COVID-19

Michael Peyrefitte

Belize recorded two new cases of COVID-19 in less than a week. The nineteenth case was recorded on June fifth and the patient was identified as a twenty-seven-year-old Belizean man who returned to the country on May twenty-third on the Rhapsody of the Sea ship, of the Royal Caribbean fleet.  The second patient was a Belizean female border jumper who entered the country illegally on Sunday. Both patients are asymptomatic and are in mandatory quarantine. The two new cases are considered imported cases which according to Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte should allow the public a sense of comfort.

 

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“One of those persons we tested them and he has tested positive for COVID-19. It was very ironic because some of these people coming off the ship were claiming that the ship is so clean and that they are worrying about us rather than worry about themselves. It turns out that we had every reason to worry about them and from my experience from cruise ships, there is nothing filthier and more germed filled than a cruise ship. So we had to test them and so that one person tested positive. The other person was a border jumper. That person came to the country illegally from the south and it turns out that that person was COVID positive. This is exactly why we have to be  very strict without borders, who we will let and whenever we do let people in we have to let them in a control way. So that we can make sure that the people have made the sacrifices over the last couple of months to quarantine and to social distance that we are not infected stupidly by people who decide that they want to go across the border and come back. So we don’t really count those two people in the sense that we don’t consider that to be cases. Those are imported. There were no community transfers. We are still trying to do some mapping and eliminate that.”


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