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Belize adds almost 200 new infections

Belize has added one hundred and ninety-eight new COVID-19 cases. According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, those new infections were tallied between Friday and Monday. There were eighty-six new recoveries within the same time frame; however, active cases stand at 886. Two hundred people are still under investigation and nine are hospitalised tonight. Of the new infections reported, 108 were in Belize District, which includes 75 in Belize City alone. Notably, there were six infections each reported in the villages of Ladyville and Lemonal and another five in Crooked Tree. Outside of the mainland Belize District, San Pedro reported twenty-eight new infections, the second-highest reported in any geographic area. Following closely is the Cayo District, which reports 27 new cases. There were seventeen new cases in the entire north and eighteen in the southern districts. The good news is that there are no persons in intensive care nor were there any deaths reported. The Ministry continues to encourage social distancing, hand-washing and mask-wearing as the Omicron BA-2 variant continues to be the most dominant strain of the coronavirus. Persons affected are presenting primarily headache, sore throat, and fever; however, other symptoms like cough, difficulty breathing, body pain and aches have also been reported. The Ministry adds that given the current trend in the positivity rate, the country is currently experiencing another wave of COVID-19. The positivity rate stands at 9.66 percent.