In the last fifteen days, Belize has confirmed seven cases of COVID-19. Two of them are on Ambergris Caye; one in Belize City; one in Corozal and three in San Ignacio Town. The most recent three confirmed cases were announced over the weekend. The first was a male student who arrived in Belize on Friday, April 3 via the Santa Elena Border in the north. According to the Ministry of Health, the student was placed under quarantine immediately and was tested on Saturday with the positive result revealed on Sunday morning. He is reported to have minimal symptoms. Prime Minister Dean Barrow issued a statement last night on these incidents.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “The Ministry of Health continues to work tirelessly to combat the spread of the virus. Very quickly after his diagnosis close contacts of Mr.Pipersburgh both in San Ignacio and Belize City where he worked were swabbed and tested. That number amounted to 49. Additionally 41 healthcare providers from the three medical facilities he visited were also tested. Thankfully all tests have come back negative. The Ministry has also placed patient number five, a Belizean that a couple of days ago came back from the US via Mexico in strict quarantine. This was done in Corozal immediately upon his entry into the country thus minimizing the possibility of any transmission from that patient. The point of rehearsing all this Ministry of Health activity is to reassure Belizeans tireless work is being done on the medical front and there is no need to panic. The front line of the Ministry of Health has been strengthened by the recently arrived Cuban medical brigade and I have directed the drafting of a number of non government medical personnel both doctors and nurses to join an advisory planning and coping unit to assist the Director of Health Services and his team.”
Patients Number Six and Seven were confirmed positive this morning. While the mapping exercise is underway, preliminary reports indicate that Patient Six had contact with Patient Four. Reports indicate that Patient Number Seven has contracted pneumonia and is currently hospitalized at the Western Regional Hospital.