Since the first case was confirmed in Belize on March 23, the Prime Minister came out and spoke of the country’s plan to assist those who would be losing their jobs and sources of income due to the pandemic. Millions of dollars were sourced in this regard and to date, thousands of Belizeans have received the aid promised by the Government. Prime Minister Barrow reported today that as many as thirty-three thousand seven hundred and seventy-one persons have been approved to receive help with over twenty-three thousand already received monies.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “The two key citizen support programs unemployment relief and food assistance are proceeding apace. I thus regard that of this morning 33,771 persons had been approved for the jobless benefits with actual payouts to 23,680 of them and 8,017 households of 32,871 individuals have received their grocery baskets. This is in addition to the 4,000 households that get pantry under that preexisting, longstanding initiative.