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Sep 9, 2020

4 New COVID-19 Cases in Ladyville

Just before news time, the new COVID 19 cases were updated by the Ministry of Health. There is now a total of one thousand three hundred and sixty five cases. As the positive cases climb so does the number of deaths, two more persons have died due to the virus putting the number of deaths at eighteen. The two cases are males, one at the Western Regional Hospital and the other at the K.H.M.H. A total of eighty-one samples were processed today of which four have returned positive for COVID-19 in Ladyville. That’s according to figures that were shared by Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero this evening.  Aside from those four new cases, the Ministry of Health is investigating at least three construction sites in Belize City, Caye Caulker and Cayo District respectively where it is believed that there may be workers displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Routinely, we run two or three batches everyday and you’ll notice that the lab has been really working up to twenty-four/seven, particularly over the last five days after Hurricane Nana to try to catch up and clear up all the samples.  We have one set of samples that have come up for today.  I believe that that’s the only samples that have come up because I believe that most of those we have caught up with.  It doesn’t mean that all the district samples have been processed but we only have eighty-six samples that have come up in the first batch for today and four positive cases from that batch and they all seem to be from the Belize District.  I would not have the specifics because those are just coming out now. I do know that we are following a construction site in Belize City that had symptomatic cases that may have workers from across the country, a construction site also in the Cayo District, a construction site in Caye Caulker.  So we’re trying to piece all those together to find out linkages and then just like we did when we had the situation in San Pedro.  Once we establish those make a call to the community for anybody who may have been there and this is what needs to happen.  So all of that is being pieced together, particularly for Orange Walk, as I said, a team is there from Monday, helping out the Orange Walk team to see how we move from here.”

 


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