Belmopan. April 9, 2020. 10:45 a.m. - The Ministry of Health ran a further 30 samples for COVID-19 on April 8 and has confirmed a ninth case. The patient is a female minor who is an immediate contact of a previously identified patient. The 30 samples screened yesterday included additional samples collected from the mapping exercises for patients #6 and #7 as well as samples from other health facilities across the country. This brings the total screened samples to 364.
Corozal resident and Belize’s COVID-19 patient #8, Mr. Ramsley Gillett, has issued a public statement through his sister’s Facebook profile. He shares his situation with the nation and urges Belizeans to support his family and follow the advice of the authorities, stay at home and practice social distancing. Below is his statement delivered by his sister Krishna Gillett:
On Tuesday, April 7, Hope Haven Children’s Home and Community Center, located on Ambergris Caye, received a donation of $100,000 from the Lord Ashcroft COVID-19 Relief Fund. The donation was provided to assist families in need of assistance during the pandemic crisis, and to assist with supplementing grocery donations to these families. Bringing the total amount of cash donations for relief in Belize to over $10,000,000BZD, Lord Ashcroft has proven that his loyalty to Belize and its people sit at a prioritized level of concern during this time of crisis.
Belmopan. April 8, 2020. 7:10 a.m. - A further 31 samples, which included primary contacts of patients #6 and #7, were tested on April 7th, for COVID-19. Out of those, the Ministry has confirmed another positive case. The patient is a 50-year-old male who is currently in the isolation area of the Corozal Community Hospital. The patient was referred from the private sector and has been hospitalized since yesterday. A mapping exercise has started for this patient and further details will be provided later on in the day.
The National Meteorological Service (NMS) of Belize hereby informs the general public that the seasonal rainfall forecast for April to September 2020 is showing a probability of drier than usual conditions across much of the country.
Belmopan - April 6, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. - The Ministry of Health has continued to scale up testing for COVID-19 and a further 26 samples were tested on Sunday, April 5th. That scaled up testing has identified two further cases, both males residing in San Ignacio.
Today, at 03:19 a.m., the expanded testing protocol of the Ministry of Health identified a fifth case of COVID-19. The patient is a Belizean student who returned from Florida. The patient arrived in Belize on Friday, April 3rd, and is in self-isolation at a quarantine facility. He is without symptoms and stable. In reference to patient #4, the mapping exercise of the Ministry of Health has allowed for the identification of close contacts of that patient in both San Ignacio and Belize City where swabs were taken on April 3rd and 4th.
Today the staff of Hidden Treasure volunteered selflessly prepare lunch for the San Pedro policemen, health care providers and the sanitation workers who are keeping the island safe during this difficult time we are all experiencing on our lovely Isla Bonita. A total of 160 meals were distributed altogether. Thank you Hidden Treasure staff! You all Rock! And a special thank you to all our frontline workers who serve our island so proudly! We will win this battle united!
The enhanced surveillance system of the Ministry of Health has identified a fourth case of COVID-19 in a 55-year-old male who resides in San Ignacio, Cayo District. The patient tested positive in a confirmatory test ran earlier today, April 3rd, 2020, at 1:16 a.m.
San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi made its way to both Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, today, Thursday, April 2, 2020, with a donation of over $30,000.00 in food items to assist during the lockdown due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus.
The San Pedro Town Council's Press Release states that the regulations that were made on its previous Press Release from March 25, 2020 by Mayor Daniel Guerrero, the San Pedro Town Council, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. and the San Pedro’s EOC committee on the advice from the Ministry of Health, in order to accommodate the needs of the residents STILL REMAIN IN ORDER. These are in addition to the regulations set by the Goverment of Belize for the State of Emergency for the Enitre Country.
Belmopan. March 29, 2020. 9:20 p.m. - The Ministry of Health has completed a further screening of laboratory tests for COVID-19 and nine additional tests were done today, March 29th, on samples from across the country. Through that screening process, a third confirmed case of COVID-19 has been identified.
Travellers Liquors has just made the announcement introducing a new product for Belize. The company has commenced the production of their own hand sanitizer called Sani-Bel. This they say, “is their way of helping our beloved Belize fight off the COVID-19 virus”.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC®) stands in solidarity with the region and the international community as we grapple with the impact of COVID-19 on our way of life. During the past two weeks, we have been monitoring developments across the CARICOM region and working closely with representatives from the Ministries of Education and tertiary institutions to arrive at a regional consensus for the administration of May/June 2020 examinations.
The Government of Belize, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in an effort to mitigate the negative impacts that could result from a potential community spread of the deadly virus enacted Statutory Instrument Number 38 of 2020 on March 25, 2020.
The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) informs the public that the operational transfer stations in Belize City, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Burrell Boom remain open for the reception of waste. To safeguard human health and wellbeing, and to support the entities that provide waste collection service, the BSWaMA appeals to the public to exercise caution with respect to the management of waste generated within the household. The BSWaMA requests that the following be done:
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Belize welcomed 32 members of the “Henry Reeve” International Contingent of Cuban Health Professionals who are specialised to assist in times of disaster and pandemics. The team of health professionals arrived in Belize to support the country’s response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. They were received by Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health; Mrs. Lizette Perez Perez, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Belize; and Lou-Anne Burns Martínez, Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belize.
In the joint press conference delivered today by the Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño, it was confirmed that there is a second case of COVID-19 which resulted in being the mother of the first victim. In light of this information, Ambergris Caye’s state of emergency has been extended to 30 days, but may likely terminate before then. This time will allow MOH to continue with its necessary mapping investigation from the first and second victim.
After the first infection case of COVID-19 was announced on Monday, March 23, 2020, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize, the Prime Minister has announced a second case directly involved with the first case, being that of a 38-year-old woman who traveled from Los Angeles to Belize. As a result, the island of Ambergris Caye will remain under a state of emergency for 30 days.
A press release has been issued by the Belize Bank, today Wednesday, March 25, 2020, stating that Lord Ashcroft has spoken to the Prime Minister of Belize and advised him of his donation of BZ$10 Million in efforts to combat COVID-19.