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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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Belize now able to test for COVID-19

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Belize now has the capacity to do initial screenings for COVID-19. Two officers from the Ministry of Health’s Central Medical Laboratory were trained at the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (INDRE) in Mexico City.

Belize now has the capacity to do initial screenings for COVID-19. Two officers from the Ministry of Health’s Central Medical Laboratory were trained at the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (INDRE) in Mexico City. The training, which included participation from the entire Central American Region, lasted for two days. Today, we visited the Central Medical Lab and spoke to the officers who returned to Belize last Friday.

Ruby Aguillon, Molecular Biology Unit, Central Medical Laboratory: “This training was held for the Central American region so they had participants from each Central American country like El Salvador, Honduras and Belize. So then,there they gave us a brief information about the new virus. The reagents that we are using they just designed those reagents so then there at Mexico City they showed us the procedures that we need to take and the protocols we need to follow to diagnose this in each of the participant countries. So at the end of the training they provided us with primers, probes and the necessary reagents to go back to our country and implement this. We have Coronavirus circulating here in our population but those are the common ones so this is a new strain. This strain is common in animals like the rat bat that they are talking about and so based on that the symptoms that the doctors saw and everything that you know in China then they wanted to know what really is the specific makeup of that new virus.”

Celso Carrera, Medical Technologist, Central Medical Laboratory: “It is very important to be prepared as a region, that is the main essence of this training. The World Health along with PAHO is working with the region to be prepared for whenever this virus arrives in our region because sooner or later the virus will get to Belize and we need to be ready to respond.”

We will have much more on how this screening process works in tomorrow’s newscast.

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