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Oct 7, 2020

COVID-19 Death Rate Increases to 1.5%

Marvin Manzanero

On Tuesday night we reported on an alarming four deaths in the Orange Walk District. Those cases put the number of casualties at thirty-four, increasing the death rate to one point five percent. While it is lower than elsewhere in the region, it is still significant. According to Doctor Marvin Manzanero, of the four deaths recorded on Tuesday, only one patient was under ventilation suffering from respiratory complications. A review of the data shows that chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity are the key factors contributing to deaths.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Obesity, hypertension and diabetes are the key factors that are contributing towards having mortality and morbidity associated to COVID-19. With the four deaths yesterday, our rates went up to one point five percent. When compared to other countries, and again I keep saying any single death to us we go back and review and it is a cause for concern, but when you compare to  our neighbours immediately up north, they are hovering around eleven to thirteen percent mortality. Our one is around one point five percent, but notwithstanding that is still significant. If you go back and review the data as to why it is that people are dying as you said not everybody are going to die of acute respiratory failure. For example of the four patients that died yesterday, only one person was ventilated; the other three just had acute thrombotic conditions such as myocardial infractions, strokes—those are the primary driving factors.”

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