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📣 PM confirms second COVID-19 case in Belize .                      📣 Rt.Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “Just before I took to the podium the Minister of Health called me to say there is a second confirmed case but it is that the first confirmed case infected one of her family members, indeed her mother”.                      📣 The Government of Belize has enacted the Quarantine Order for the entire country of Belize.                      📣 CUBAN MEDICAL BRIGADE ARRIVES IN BELIZE.                      📣 Thirty-two of fifty-eight members of the Cuban Medical Brigade that was deployed to assist Belize in the fight against COVID-19 arrived today, March 25, 2020 at the Philip Goldson International Airport.                      📣 The team consists of not only doctors, but nurses and other medical professions.
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    Health workers face discrimination by members of the public

    Health workers in Belize who are on the front line of this COVID-19 crisis are not being treated fairly.  This time, it’s not mistreatment from the Government or any organization, it is from the public.  In today’s edition of Ask the Expert, the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero explained that the health workers are being shunned at stores…

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Khapra Beetle threatens grain industry -not present in Belize

The Khapra beetle may not get the same buzz as the spelling bee in the south, but the Khapra Beetle is causing a regional stir that has caught the attention of the Belize Agricultural Health Authority.  The beetle has the potential to threaten the grain industry. The Khapra is a serious pest of cereal grains and oilseeds.  Massive populations of the insect may develop and grain stocks can be almost completely destroyed. The pest is extremely resistant to the effects of contact insecticides or fumigants which make complete disinfestation extremely difficult.  Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras have notified the region that for 2019 alone, the pest has been detected in more than 30 containers of sorrel and coffee at ports of entry in these neighboring countries. The infested consignments have been refused entry into the country and returned to origin.  Belize has specific quarantine regulations against possible importation of products from countries that do have the pest; such as some Asian and African countries. BAHA has held meetings with grain stakeholders in the North and Central Belize regions where grains are produced and stored to discuss a strategy to prevent the entry of this pest.  All importers are advised that all agricultural products especially grains originating in countries that have that beetle infestation, requires a Pest Risk Analysis before any import permit can be issued.

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