Belmopan. April 13, 2020. 1:00 p.m. - The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize now stands at 18, with four new confirmed cases identified over the last 24 hours. The confirmed cases are distributed as follows:
• A female in San Ignacio Town, as a close contact of a confirmed case from that town.
• Three cases in Belize City, which are all close contacts of a previously confirmed case in that city.
Patient #3 also remains positive at day 15 after initial confirmation of his case. With this, the Ministry of Health can confirm that there are two active clusters that are being closely followed, one in San Ignacio and one in Belize City. The latter seems to have originated after a social activity on Saturday, March 14th.
This particular active cluster in Belize City has identified five cases, therefore, the Ministry is asking the public to call 0-800-MOH-CARE or 613-0787 (Central Health Region) if they attended a social gathering at Plaza Diner in Belize City on March 14, 2020. If you were at this event and have developed a fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose or difficulty breathing, please remain in isolation and call the numbers provided. The Ministry of Health has, effective immediately, increased the quarantine period to 21 days. If you have been an immediate contact of any of the known cases you are also required to self-quarantine.