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Aug 3, 2020

9 New Cases of COVID-19; San Pedro at Risk of Being Locked Down

Belize recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. It has sent the Ministry of Health on high alert since schools and the Philip Goldson International Airport are scheduled to reopen in a matter of days as the situation goes downhill.  So, an alarming nine new cases between Saturday and Sunday drove the total up to fifty-seven: three new cases in Belize City, three in Corozal, two in Orange Walk and one in San Pedro.  Now, there are twenty-five active cases in the country, majority are quarantined, but there are at least two persons who are currently hospitalised in the north, including a female police officer.  The most recent positive case was detected in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.  This case involves a female who has fever and respiratory symptoms and is currently being treated on the island. The person has no travel history and contact tracing for possible source of infection is currently underway. Reports are that at least four other persons from a banking institution are exhibiting symptoms such as loss of smell and fever. Tests are being conducted on these persons. At the House sitting today, the deteriorating COVID situation came under focus. PM Barrow said that San Pedro is at risk of being locked down again.

 

Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The situation in Ambergris Caye; in fact, the situation in several areas is extremely worrying. The Minister of Health; how many people you tested in Corozal? Forty persons have to be tested in Corozal. In San Pedro as we know, there is one person already confirmed positive. One institution got in touch to say four out of seven employees of that institution—I won’t call the name—on San Pedro are showing symptoms—and not mild symptoms; they have lost their sense of smell, fever. They are going to be tested today. But the person who has already proved positive, is in an occupation where she has to entertain, she has to deal with a host of people. So the mapping and tracing, the tracing and tracking exercise that the ministry will do in my view is likely to produce several more positive cases in San Pedro. You think we will hesitate to quarantine San Pedro if it turns out that that is what is necessary after the tracing and tracking exercise has been completed?”


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