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Oct 14, 2021

Disturbing COVID Death Toll and Cases Continue

The daily COVID statistics gives us an indication of how bad the infection and death rates are in Belize. On Wednesday, Acting Director of Health Services for the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Francis Morey shared the startling numbers in a more comprehensive form. The information includes cases from the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, the private healthcare facilities and all the public health clinics across the country. Here are those numbers as they stacked up to this week.


Dr. Francis Morey, Ag. DHS, Min. of Health & Wellness

“As regards to the different distribution as of April first to October eleventh, we have for the past months a cumulative of a hundred and twenty-two deaths distributed with the greater number being in the Belize District, followed by Orange Walk and the Cayo Districts. Of note, these are the areas that have the highest number population. Also, that may be considered for the Belize District the context of the current outbreak scenario and also it serves as a tertiary hospital being the Karl Heusner, which most of our moderate to severe cases or severe to critically ill cases are sent. In regards to the deaths as of April first to today (Wednesday), nine have had a first dose of their vaccine; eighteen of them being fully vaccinated; and ninety-three of these individuals of our Belizean brothers and sisters have passed away due to COVID, hence the realization that we must continue to support the vaccination process as requested and supported by the Ministry of Health. The concern going forth is that many of these – the rates seen in these individuals, we maintain for fully vaccinated (people) one point two (percent) within our current context. The death rate per ten thousand population is four point one; hence signaling once again the need to continue the vaccination process across the country and we need to have the population vaccinated, surpassing what we may think is herd immunity. The associated co morbidities that have been presented in those who are partially vaccinated continue to be the NCDs which have been not only in this scenario but the leading causes of death in the entire country of Belize historically. And hence, most of the persons who are affected by NCDs, primarily chronic renal failure, high blood pressure, asthma, obesity, cancer, HIV/AIDS, are some of the most significant diseases that are contributing to the high mortality rate that we are seeing in our population. The concern is why are we seeing our vaccinated population being affected by and passing away by COVID? COVID by itself is a phenomenon. It doesn’t spare any person. It produces a severe storm of cytokines. That means it dis-regulates your hormonal process and most of these individuals who have already compromised immune systems – it actually triplicates and produces hormones within the body that cannot be regulated because of the severity of the disease. The same scenario goes in regards to individuals who are fully vaccinated where diabetes by itself, which is a disease that suppresses the auto-immune system or the response, chronic renal failure being the second cause, high blood pressure, obesity, asthma.”

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