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Oct 13, 2021

More Testing Sites Coming.

Prime Minister Briceno assured that while there are reports of having three cruise ports in Belize City, he said they have to allow the parties to follow the environmental process and to decide which among them will be the best project for Belize in terms of the economy, the people and the environment. But turning to the issue of health, particularly COVID and making free testing more accessible to people, Briceno said the Ministry of Health is including several more testing sites. And his projection is that the number of COVID infections and deaths will start to decline in the coming weeks.

 

Prime Minister John Briceno

Prime Minister John Briceno

“Anybody that believe you’re exposed, you could go to the public facilities and get tested. Now we’re opening up even more areas, for instances right now in Belize City, now we can also go and get tested at the Civic Center. We have another area in Belmopan. We are decentralizing the testing,  for the same reason that we want to make it available to many people as possible, and for them to get the results as quickly as possible. If you go in one center, and a hundred of you are there, then obviously it will take longer to get the results. If you go have different centers where only ten, or fifteen or twenty of you can go, that is what we are doing. For the UDP to say, because the UDP say that we are not handling this properly, well let me tell you something, the Alpha variant is nowhere close as contagious to what we had with the Delta. And under the Alpha, the UDP lost control of COVID. They are telling us that we have to do more testing. During their time, they have done about thirty thousand tests. That’s all! We have done so far, over two hundred and fifty thousand tests, so how can you make that comparison. When they left government, they only made arrangements for about a hundred thousand vaccines, and never pay for it yet.  We had to pay for it. In the region we are the second highest vaccination rates. We have over two hundred and two thousand people that have already gotten their first dose. That if you are to remove that portion of the citizens and the kids under 12-0 that is a few tens of thousands then we would have a vaccination rate of over 60% that have gotten their first vaccination.  I think about a hundred and thirty five thousand; I’ll be off a few thousands here and there that have already gotten both vaccinations.”

 

Briceno says that the Ministry of Health has proposed a COVID Enforcement Unit, which Cabinet has approved to ensure that people to comply with the COVID regulations. But until that is brought into the fore, he said that people should call out those who are not adhering to the regulations in public spaces. He also said that he never accused Dr Marvin Manzanero of being responsible for anyone’s death when he was at the helm as Director of Health Services.


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