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Aug 3, 2023

Spike in COVID Cases Not Detected in the Region

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been reporting that in some countries, like the U.S., there has been a ten percent increase in active cases, including hospitalizations. In Belize, and in this region, Director of Health Services Doctor Melissa Diaz-Musa says that this is not the case.


Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa, Director of Health Services, MOHW

Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa

“Globally, five of the six regions for WHO have reported a decline in cases from January to now. And for the region of the Americas that decline has been significant about thirty percent, yet individually, we do have some countries reporting slightly increased cases, ten percent more increased cases, but nothing significant for any particular country in this region at this time. OUT 04:35

IN 03:03 Our advise remains that we protect our vulnerable population, ensure that if you are sick – if you have a cough, cold, sore throat, fever, feeling unwell – avoid crowded spaces, avoid vulnerable people. So you got to look at persons sixty-five and older, persons with core morbidities like diabetes and high blood pressure and kidney diseases. These people as well need to take extra precaution to take care of themselves, as well, and avoid crowded places or avoid visiting persons who have said that they are sick or have symptoms of the virus. At this time, there are many other viruses circulating as well so it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is COVID, but you still would want to protect the vulnerable no matter what virus it is.”


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