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Jun 26, 2020

Another Group of Repatriates Arrive in the Jewel

Today, another group of repatriates arrived in Belize via the Philip Goldson International Airport. It is part of the phased repatriation process to get Belizeans, who were stranded during the COVID-19 pandemic in other countries, home. The data shows that as of June twenty-fifth, eighty hundred and eighty-five persons applied, six hundred and sixty-six were approved and of that one hundred and fifty-seven had been repatriated. There is the coordinated return in progress for four hundred and twelve persons. Today, thirty-three persons arrived in the jewel onboard a United Airlines flight. 


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“That’s the final figure I got. I had to verify this cause the numbers kept changing because people who were initially scheduled to be on the flight, we finally got the full manifest versus people who actually boarded the plane and landed. So thirty-three persons—two of those went to home quarantine in Belize City; the others went to a hotel. One patient that his relative and his caretaker who has been away on an approved medical visit out of country. So we were aware before they left where they were going to go, what kind of process they were going to go and undertake as we were aware of where they were going to come home and to be quarantined at.   I am not sure if this continues because what you have mentioned is exactly what I knew of which is a flight every Friday. I am not sure how that is going to work out for the month of July. I really cannot comment on whether there is going to be a flight in July.”


Earlier this week, several persons arrived via the western and northern borders and remain in quarantine at this time. Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that there is another group of persons returning home via the northern border on Monday.

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