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Sep 14, 2020

Northern Villages Get Strict with COVID-19 Positive Patients Who Break Quarantine

Are COVID-19 positive patients in rural communities in Orange Walk breaking their quarantine? That’s what officials are saying tonight. Chairman of San Pablo Javier Sabido says that they have received numerous reports that the patients are leaving their homes to go in public and even travel on public transportation, But, according to Sabido – the issue is not unique to his village. Sabido serves as the President of the National Association of Village Councils and he says that there are reports of similar happenings in communities of San Felipe, Yo Creek, Trinidad and August Pine Ridge. And to address the issue – on Saturday a meeting was held in San Pablo with Officer in Charge of Orange Walk Superintendent Juanito Cocom, and three reps of the Ministry of Health. Today we spoke with Sabido about the issue and he tells us that those quarantine breakers can expect stricter measures going forward.


On the Phone: Javier Sabido, President, NAVCO

“We have received several reports from different chairpersons that COVID-19 patients are not following the health protocols or rules and regulations. It was agreed that stricter measures will be implemented for those who are COVID-19 positive and are not adhering to the regulations. It was reported that there are some COVID-19 patients walking around the village knowing that they are positive and they also travel on public transportation.   If the COVID patient disobey or break the law, for example, he or she will be placed on mandatory quarantine at the quarantine facility. For the mean time, we’ve decided on a facility in the rural communities. The person will remain there until he or she is negative of the virus and will be released and then may be charged or imprisoned depending on the evidence.   As we all know, every day we receive a number of rising cases of COVID-19 patients especially in the rural communities here in the Orange Walk District. It is very alarming and it is concern for us and we had to address it with the proper authorities so that we can put a stop to this and reporting positive cases here in the Orange Walk District.”


If you reside in one of the villages and know someone who has the virus in your community – you are asked to submit evidence and make reports to the relevant authorities.

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