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Jul 24, 2020

Border Jumpers Can Cause COVID-19 Community Spread

Marvin Manzanero

And in a report just in, two more persons were caught entering Belize illegally this morning. They are two men who came through the illegal border crossing in Santa Cruz Village in the north. Information to News Five is these two men have been in Mexico for about six months. The duo was swabbed and taken to the quarantine facility in Orange Walk Town. And in the south, three Guatemalans were detained in the area of Garcia Farm. They are twenty one year old Juan Ramirez, twenty seven year old Elfido Ramirez, and twenty three year old Esvin Ramirez. They are all from Poptun in Guatemala. They were escorted to Punta Gorda Hospital where they were swabbed and placed in the quarantine facility. The men are believed to have been conducting illegal logging in the area. Authorities have been having a difficult time in effectively handling the situation as the number of border jumpers continue to rise on a daily basis. According to Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero these border jumpers can cause a community spread of the deadly coronavirus.


Hipolito Novelo

“What is happening because I believe two men this morning were caught illegally crossing the border up north. Police are there, B.D.F. are there but how is that they cross the border illegally?”


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“I don’t know. I think I got that same report that police caught them and they wanted help to go and look for them. That is not our role. If police catches you crossing the border illegally you have to bring them t the quarantine centre. We will do the swab and we will make sure that we do our investigations, exposure. If they turn out positive then the contact tracing happens. We keep people at the quarantine centre for fourteen days. At the end of the fourteen days if you are negative then you go back to the police or whatever legal matters you have but we don’t accompany the process of arresting people or going to people’s home to pick them up based on rumors.”



“Possible lock down for Orange Walk since this might be the third community to have a cluster?”


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“That is always the possibility depending on what you find. Again we don’t lock down communities; people want us to unlock communities so to speak. We make recommendations. We don’t lock communities.”


Hipolito Novelo

“So at what point would the Ministry of Health, you as a member of the Task Force make the recommendation?”


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“It depends on what you find. If you find community spread in two or more communities that is more than and it is in the plan of action of the Ministry of Health.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Sir, it is frustrating border jumpers increasing daily?”


Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“Again, I don’t think I like the word frustrating. I think that is one but I think the people; the community’s response doesn’t really help because people know where they are crossing, people buy contraband that is the reason why people keep going. And I don’t know if we are taking personal responsibility.”

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