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Belize Covid-19 Deaths Increasing in Elderly Citizens

There were two deaths reported in Belize, yesterday November 19, 2020. One was a male in his 80’s from Santa Cruz Orange Walk who had been feeling ill at home with cough and shortness of breath, he died at home. The second was a female in her 70’s from Duck Run.

Given that the majority of deaths in Belize have been in the elderly population, the Ministry of Health is stressing the importance that we, as a family and as a community, take all necessary measures and precautions in minimizing their risk of infection. The Ministry is calling on all Belizeans to avoid all unnecessary visits and exposures for the older populations. If you have an elderly family member who has a chronic illness, do ensure that they are taking their medications as prescribed, eating healthy and hydrating well.

A total of 323 samples were processed yesterday and 60 of these were positive for SARS-CoV2, this is a positivity rate of 18.58% for today’s samples. There were 63 recoveries and the country’s active cases now represent 43.3% of our total identified cases. It requires an ongoing community effort to break the cycle of transmission and collectively we can do it.

The geographic breakdown is as follows:

  • Corozal = 1 (1 San Victor)
  • Orange Walk =15 (9 Town, 2 Trial Farm, 2 Carmelita, 1 San Jose, 1 Santa Cruz)
  • Belize = 15 (11 City, 1 Ladyville, 1 from San Pedro, 1 from Hopkins, 1 from Santa Rosa)
  • Cayo = 26 (18 Belmopan, 4 Camalote, 2 Santa Elena, 1 San Antonio, 1 Duck Run)
  • Stann Creek = 3 (2 Dangriga, 1 from Blackman Eddy, CY)

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