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Jun 23, 2020

Border Jumpers Present Biggest COVID-19 Risk!

Marvin Manzanero

Doctor Marvin Manzanero shared that the chances of more COVID-19 positive repatriates is likely considering that more people are returning home.  But the Ministry of Health is not worried about these repatriates because there is a system in place that screens and tests them before they are placed in quarantine.  Belize’s concerns, however, are the people who are entering the country illegally because there is no way to test and track them. Today, Doctor Manzanero spoke on this issue as it relates to border jumpers.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“For now, we are not too concerned as Ministry of Health with those cases that are popping up or the cases that are arriving because that is a controlled process. People follow specific flow through the airport and then they will go on to the hotel for their quarantine period. So, I don’t think we should be overly concerned with those samples or persons once they are following the due process. From the Ministry of Health’s standpoint, the key concern remains and that was voiced to the oversight committee yesterday and that is the issue with border jumpers and those people you may be aware as a community that are coming across and are not being captured by the system. Because the border jumpers are just people that you do catch. As is, we were notified of a couple in Belize City who was across the border last week. We are following that process closely and that is where the concern has got to be. For communities that are close to border entry points west, north and south I think that is where the concern really has to be because those situations can provide us with a potential jump in the number of cases.”

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