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May 10, 2022

COVID Cases Steadily Increasing, M.O.H.W. Issues Warning

COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise. One hundred and seventeen new cases of COVID-19 infections were identified over the last four days, bringing the total number of active cases to two hundred and thirty-six. Late this evening, the Ministry of Health and Wellness issued a warning, taking note of the steady increase. The release encourages the public to safeguard against COVID-19. The ministry recommends that persons continue to wear masks over the nose and mouth in indoor and crowded spaces, a practice that was mandated at the height of the pandemic. The ministry is also encouraging Belizeans to practice the regular washing and sanitizing of hands, to social distance, and avoid crowded spaces whenever possible. This warning comes several weeks after curfew restrictions and mask mandates were lifted. Social gatherings were also prohibited at the time, but are now permitted. Bars and nightclubs that were shuttered for two years are now at liberty to host social events. The entertainment industry has since taken advantage of the ease of restrictions with weekly events that continue to draw large crowds. Other massive social events are scheduled all the way up September, including the Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds and Carnival. It is yet to be seen whether Belizeans will take heed to the Ministry of Health’s regulations and whether there will be a need to revert to some of the COVID-19 restrictions that were once being enforced. In the meantime, M.O.H.W. is encouraging eligible persons to get vaccinated and get a booster against COVID-19.

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