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Oct 15, 2020

Belize Records its 40th COVID-19 Death

Thirty-four new cases of COVID-19 were identified on Wednesday night. The Orange Walk District recorded the majority with sixteen new cases, mostly in the town. Cases were also recorded in the districts of Toledo, Stann Creek, Corozal and Belize. Nine hundred and eighty-three cases remain active; three hundred and sixty-eight of those are in the Orange Walk District. There has been a surge bringing the total number of confirmed cases to two thousand six hundred and nineteen.  There is also one more death to report tonight. The victim is a male from northern Belize who had to be transferred to the K.H.M.H. due to his deteriorating respiratory functions.  Two persons remain intubated at the K.H.M.H. COVID unit. Forty persons have died due to complications related to the disease and according to the Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero, the common underling conditions that these persons also suffered were obesity, hypertension and diabetes.


Marvin Manzanero

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Particularly what I think you are monitoring is the fact that we are having people who are having what we would classified as probably having a sudden death but their interaction with the system is sudden, that they are coming almost to die at the hospital, die en route to the hospital or die almost on arrival in that A and E unit. That has been a significant number, the total number of forty. Not all patients have been ventilated of course and so you have to balance that particular situation. Particularly up north s where we have had these cases of what we would classify as almost sudden deaths. When we started to looking at this we started saying people above sixty are more than likely to going to be having greater probabilities of having higher morbidity, higher mortality and when you add conditions such as diabetes, hypertensions and other chronic diseases, cancer, HIV you are more likely to be having a poorer outcome. Obesity that could be a common denominator in almost all the deaths that we have seen or is one of the predominant factors. Hypertension seem to be the second cause and diabetes which may have been undiagnosed. Those are the three factors that we are seeing beyond age.”

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