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Central Lab Detects COVID-19 Variant

It was the talk of Belize today: a variant of COVID has been detected. The sample is at a facility overseas to determine just which variant it is.  At this [...]

Minister of Health Says Belize Ready for Variant

And with variants being highly transmissible they can hit under-resourced and understaffed health systems very hard.  And if the Delta is in Belize, it can mean a lot of pressure [...]

Active COVID Cases over 250

COVID-19 cases have been steadily increasing over the last several days. Today alone, twenty-four new cases were confirmed which puts the total active cases over two hundred and fifty. Today, [...]

Some Changes to COVID-19 Regulations

New COVID-19 measures will come into effect on Sunday, July fourth. The new measures are being implemented in light of the increase in COVID-cases. Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa [...]

Everyone over 18 Can Now Get Vaccine

Vaccines are now available for persons who are eighteen years and older.  As you know, since the vaccine rollout began back in March, the government took a phased approach for [...]

Vaccination Encouraged, but Frontliners Without Will Soon Need COVID Test

Should Belizeans be required to take the vaccine? It’s a divisive issue, but now the government says that they are approaching it in a different way where those who don’t [...]

Only 20% of Security Forces Armed Against COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine uptake is the lowest among security forces. According to Minister Chebat, to date over twenty-nine thousand Belizeans have been fully vaccinated and the ministry expects that number to [...]

Minister of Tourism on Cruise Tourism Despite Variant in Belize

In a week’s time, Belize will be welcoming back cruise ships after more than a year.  But is this a wise move in the midst of the discovery of at [...]

Narrow Escape in Lake Independence Shooting

An attempt on the lives of two young men last night has an entire family in Lake-I fearing for their safety after bullets tore through their home.  When the shooting [...]

Eleventh Amendment to Be Tabled

There is a new piece of legislation being tabled in the House of Representatives in the days ahead.  The Belize Constitution Eleventh Amendment Act seeks to disqualify anyone who is [...]

G.O.B. to Appeal Ruling in Jalacte Case

Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Dolores Balderamos-Garcia has commented on the recent ruling made by Chief Justice Michelle Arana which awarded six point three million dollars to two farmers and [...]

Minister Dolores: G.O.B. Authority Over All Lands Has Not Been Taken Away

But Minister Dolores Balderamos-Garcia says that the case is a touchy one because while the government must adhere to the consent order of the Caribbean Court of Justice, where it [...]

President Sankat Leaving U.B.

Professor Clement Sankat is parting ways with the University of Belize after holding the post as president for the past four years. It has been confirmed that a settlement was [...]

Hotel Rates Down; Food and Gas Up

The recent emphasis on discounts for Belizean “stay-cations” may be paying off, but prices for other goods and services are up.  Today, the Statistical Institute of Belize released a number [...]

Pandemic Causes Economy to Shrink for a Fourth Quarter

Belize’s economy shrank for a fourth consecutive quarter, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The latest Statistical Institute of Belize data shows that Belize produced sixty million dollars less [...]

In 2018, 52% of Belizeans Were Living in Poverty

Perhaps the most startling piece of information to emerge in today’s presentation by the Statistical Institute of Belize is that in 2018, a whopping fifty-two percent of Belizeans were living [...]

Imports Increasing, So Are Exports

On the external trade side, for May 2021, imports were inching back towards pre-COVID numbers. Exports are also up, signaling a rebound in the export economy.   Tiffany Vasquez, Statistician [...]

Unemployment at 11%

Over nineteen thousand persons who lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 are still without work.  However, they are not all out seeking employment.  The Statistical Institute of Belize’s [...]

Cabinet Talks COVID, Tax Collection, and Cannabis

The Government Press Office issued it briefing on the Cabinet meeting today. Areas covered included an update from at the Ministry of Health and Wellness on a ramped-up COVID-19 vaccination [...]

Tourist Arrivals Up Despite Pandemic

Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Anthony Mahler, says the number of tourists arriving in Belize through the Phillip Goldson International Airport is increasing monthly and quickly moving towards pre-COVID [...]

Minister of Tourism Says Cruise Lines Will Return with Vaccinated Passengers

As cruise tourism is set to return to Belize on July seventh, Minister Mahler explained that Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean are all preparing for a return with vaccinated passengers. [...]

M.O.H.W. Launches Vaccination Drive

With less than thirty thousand Belizeans fully vaccinated, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has stepped up its vaccination efforts today, launching a vaccine campaign under the slogan “Before You [...]

The New National Commission for Families and Children

The National Committee for Families and Children, now a commission, has a new composition. It will now include a representative from the LGBTI community as well as Autism Belize to [...]

Would Shyne Resign as LOO if Faber Steps Down as Party Leader?

Patrick Faber’s leadership of the United Democratic Party has been under sustained attack from factions within the U.D.P., ever since surveillance footage capturing a domestic dispute between himself and the [...]

An Open Lane for Darrell Bradley

Is former Belize City mayor Darrell Bradley being anointed for leadership of the United Democratic Party?  Opposition Leader Shyne Barrow says no, but a path has been cleared for Bradley [...]