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Oct 22, 2020

81-Year-Old Man Marks the Forty-Sixth COVID-19 Death

Marvin Manzanero

Belize recorded its forty-sixth COVID-19 death on Wednesday.  The victim is an elderly man with underlying conditions from Orange Walk.  He was hospitalized for two weeks before he died. Today, DHS Marvin Manzanero provided some details on the latest death and also broke down the age groups of the forty-plus deaths.


Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“In terms of the last death we had yesterday, it was an eighty-one-year-old male diagnosed in Orange Walk who had been at the Northern Regional Hospital since October eight and so he was there for almost two weeks until he died yesterday morning. We are reviewing all the people who would have had sudden deaths or people who would have died without being referred to Karl Huesner. So, there are a couple people from headquarters who are going to Orange Walk early next week to review the specific management of those patients and to see if there is any other situation that may be brewing and that we are not aware of. As you would have noted, in terms of the age group in terms of people dying, we have had a twenty-six-year-old female who died and is the youngest. If you notice the infographic we published earlier this week, most of the people dying are in the older age group. So, now we have sixteen people out of the total for the six deaths that have been recorded that is one third of cases in the people older than sixty-five and if you bring down the bracket to people older than fifty-five that means people in the retirement age that is thirty-four out of the forty-six people who have died would have been older than fifty-five-years of age  but you look at that data and you find that we have cases in people younger than thirty.”

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