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Confirmed: Highest COVID Wave on Record

On Wednesday, we shared information which indicated that Belize has reached a record high of COVID-19 cases.  Deputy Manager of the Ministry of Health and Wellness’s Central Health Region, Dr. [...]

Even with Dip in New Infections, Omicron Wave Could Last Weeks

While the number of new infections dipped for the first time this week to below a thousand, Dr. Diaz-Musa said that this is by no means a sign that the [...]

Prison Locks Down for Two Weeks

This evening the Kolbe Foundation announced that due to the spike in COVID cases among inmates and staff, the prison is going on full lockdown for the next fourteen days. [...]

Interviews Underway for Health C.E.O.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister John Briceño switched up several government portfolios, removing the embattled Michel Chebat as Minister of Health and Wellness and replacing him with Kevin Bernard. But, [...]

What About the Health Directors?

While we were with the Minister of Public Service, News Five also asked him for an update on the three director posts that were created to usurp the duties of [...]

90% of Belize District Businesses Affected By COVID-19

The number of businesses in the Belize District being affected by COVID19 is alarming. Since the week began, we have been hearing daily reports of businesses closing for sanitization and [...]

Tips for Keeping Businesses Open: Watch the Socializing and Downtime

And while it seems as if no one can escape this current wave, there are steps businesses can take to potentially prevent going on complete lockdown.   Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa, [...]

Will There be Another Lockdown?

COVID-19 numbers are skyrocketing – it’s the highest the country has ever seen since the virus was first detected in Belize. Belizeans are alarmed and wondering what will happen next. [...]

Are Changes Coming in COVID-19 Regulations?

So given the COVID data, is cabinet planning to institute a new statutory instrument to adjust COVID-19 regulations? Still in effect is S.I. one-fifty-one of 2021, which in early December [...]

Visitors Must Purchase Travel Health Insurance

In February, all visitors to Belize will be required to buy Belize Travel Health Insurance. The Belize Tourism Board states that the mandate is to protect travelers against medical and [...]

A Sizeable Marijuana Bust at Half Moon Caye

This morning, sometime around eight-thirty, coastguard personnel on routine patrol in the vicinity of Half Moon Caye, within the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, came across a substantial quantity of high-grade marijuana.  [...]

Son Charged With Murder Following San Roman Killing

There is a new development in a story we brought you from southern Belize on Wednesday. The eldest son of a man killed in San Roman village has been charged [...]

As Expected, Pandemic Lockdown Affected Crime Rates

The Belize Crime Observatory has released data from the years 2020 and most of 2021. Project Coordinator, Adele Ramos, appeared on Open Your Eyes this morning. She said as expected, [...]

Crime Observatory Says Belize City Remains a Hot Spot

But Belize City remained a hot spot, and the Crime Observatory data is being used to help formulate a multi agency response. Adele Ramos says, however, violence crime prevention needs [...]

Dr. Richard Rosado: From Selling Creole Bread to Deputy ComPol

Earlier this week, Commissioner of Police Chester Williams announced that A.C.P. Richard Rosado, Commander of Eastern Division, would be elevated to the post of Deputy Commissioner.  Dr. Rosado’s rise to [...]

Minister Usher Clarifies Statement on “Christian Principle;” Emphasizes Inclusion

Today, the new Minister of Religious Affairs, Henry Charles Usher, responded to the L.G.B.T. group, Our Circle. The human rights organization wrote an open letter to the minister, expressing concern [...]

U.N.I.B.A.M. Also Calls Out Minister Usher

The United Belize Advocacy Movement, Belize Trans Colors and Empower Yourself Movement, U.N.I.B.A.M., has also called on the Minister of Public Service to correct— what they say is— his misrepresentation [...]

Cabinet Briefed On Commission Findings: “We Cannot Allow This to Continue”

In this week’s Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister and his advisors were given the report of the Commission of Inquiry into the sale of government assets. According to the PM’s [...]

Ferguson: I Will Not Re-invent the Wheel at Sports Ministry

Minister Rodwell Ferguson is literally only four days in as the new Minister of Sports, but he has served in this capacity before, under the Said Musa administration. He says [...]

Minister of Transport Says 100% Seating Capacity but with Strict Guidelines in Place

The COVID numbers have been rising since the latter part of December, and the guidelines say we should be keeping our distance and follow other safety measures. But, the seating [...]

Ferguson as Minister of Youth: “Parents, Let’s Work Together”

Minister Ferguson was also in charge of Youth in 2007. Back then he said he physically walked the streets of Belize City and tried to organize young people, listen to [...]

D.F.C. and CARICOM Development Fund Sign Agreement

The Development Finance Corporation and the CARICOM Development Fund have entered into an agreement for a Credit Risk Abatement Facility.  It is aimed at providing small and medium enterprises with [...]

IDB Report: Higher Levels of Trust in Others Leads to Stronger Recovery

What does trust have to do with economics? The Inter-American Development Bank says it is everything. The I.D.B.’s latest report focuses on the lack of trust in Latin America and [...]

New Book Released on the Historical Land and Property of Belize

History buffs may be interested in a new book published on the study of land and property in Belize. It’s called the “Origins of a Colonial Order in Belize in [...]

COVID Chronicles: Caring for Kids With COVID Cases

There may be nothing worse than worrying about a sick child. But, over the past few months that is exactly what health care workers and families all over Belize have [...]