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Jul 2, 2020

Belizeans Facilitating Border Jumpers

Marvin Manzanero

Border jumpers remain a constant challenge for law enforcers patrolling the porous borders. These border jumpers put the health of Belizeans at risk and, according to Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero; they might become the source of a community spread of the novel coronavirus. Several have escaped from quarantine facilities around the country with the latest being a Mexican who ran off from the facility in Orange Walk Town and has been recaptured. But what makes a bad situation worse is that Belizeans living along the borders are facilitating the border jumpers. The situation is particularly a concern in Santa Cruz Village where people hop on canoes to cross the Rio Hondo River into Botes in Mexico.

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“I think we have a higher risk of community spread with the border jumpers that is a continuous process that are being facilitated at times by Belizeans who know who the people are, how they can get their things from across the border. I think that is where the concern has got to be.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

I think the concern is that if a border is caught on Monday, we don’t know how many days he has been in Belize, or if he positive until that Tuesday or Friday. Doest contact tracing begin when he is caught and expecting the worst case scenario that he is positive?

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“The first step you can do in contact tracing is go and find out from the person if he can trace back where he has been in the past fourteen days . They might give you verifiable information or they might not tel out anything that is of use. That is when it starts and you are guided by what you get from that first interview. And of course the process in which he was caught, she was caught all of that needs to be factored in whenever you do contact tracing.”


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