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Aug 7, 2020

August 6th Confirmed Cases Stand at 28; Total of 80 Active Cases Across the Country!

In coronavirus crisis—San Pedro and Santa Martha have community spread and the number of cases continues to grow. The confirmed COVID-19 cases have jumped to over one hundred since our newscast on Thursday night. A record number of twenty-eight cases were confirmed just after seven p.m., bringing the total cases to one hundred and fourteen for Belize.  Of that number, eighty cases are active with eight frontline workers, including five healthcare and three police officers. Today, the Ministry of Health gave an update on those stats before today’s results were released. There are new cases in Cayo and Belize City which have three confirmed cases.


Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Yesterday we had a record number of cases and that is the second record that we have had just this week alone and we have close to two hundred samples that are pending to be processed. We are anticipating the preliminary data anytime now.   It doesn’t seem to be any real active case at least identified for now in Stann Creek and Toledo. We did have two cases in the Cayo district reported yesterday and one of those is a border jumper who is in a quarantine facility. The other is in a person we now know works in Belmopan but lives in Belize City. We know Belize City had three cases yesterday but two of those are linked to having been on the island of Ambergris Caye and then you have one person who lives in Belize City but works in Orange Walk during the week. So, that is how you try to establish your links. Two cases were in Santa Marta and one in Orange Walk. All other cases are either of the two clusters we have in San Pedro Town but you also have other cases not linked to other clusters. One other point we need to make is that we now have at least eight that is ten percent of the total cases are what you would consider frontline workers that we know of based on the data we have. You would all know that there is three police officers and we have five healthcare workers who are positive; two nurses and three doctors. But not all seemed to have gotten infected in the line of duty and the reason why I am saying this is because we need to continue to underscore the relevance of exercising precaution when out in public.”

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