Recent events have triggered some good news for a vast majority of Belize. First of all, the airport will not be opened to flights on August 15th anymore. Secondly, for the worried parent who had concerns for their child; classes will not resume on August 10th until further notice. All this was declared by at the press conference today which involved our Prime Minister Dean Barrow. However, all of this was triggered by the whooping increase of Covid-19 cases in the past few days. As of today, the official toll count stands at a total of 72 with 39 active cases. Not to mention, unofficial reports state that there might be 14 more cases in San Pedro Town. This will be confirmed tomorrow.
- On August 1st, 2020 a record of 8 cases tested positive. Two are from the repatriation flight from the United States and one is from the repatriation flight from Honduras. These persons are asymptomatic and are in hotel quarantine.
- Five cases are in the Northern Health Region. Three of these cases are in Corozal Town. Two persons are asymptomatic and came in through the Mexican border as part of the repatriation process and are presently in hotel quarantine. The third case is a female with respiratory symptoms and is currently hospitalized; this person has no travel history and to the best of her knowledge has not been in contact with any known COVID-19 case.
- On August 2, 2020, a highly suspect sample was processed from Ambergris Caye and confirmed later that evening as positive case number 57. This case is a female who presented fever and respiratory symptoms and is currently asymptomatic. This female has indicated no travel history and contact tracing for the possible source of the infection is currently underway.
- Yesterday, on August 4th, 2020 there was a record-breaking of 15 positive cases. Seven cases have been identified in Corozal. Seven cases have been detected in Orange Walk. San Pedro now has one new case. Five cases are from the repatriation process and these persons are under quarantine orders. Two of the cases in Corozal are linked to the case identified over the weekend and three cases in Orange Walk are tied to the case identified in that district over the weekend. The remaining five cases appear to be unrelated; however, contact tracing is currently ongoing for possible links.
At this point, it is highly suspected that there are bound to be new positive results tomorrow. Moreover, everything seems to be leading to a community spread at this point.