There is a victory to report tonight in Belize’s success in the first wave of COVID-19. Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke on the country’s actions and results but cautions on the dangers that loom ahead. The country’s leader hosted a virtual press conference this morning where he spoke on this and several other national matters.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “Today marks the thirty first day without anyone testing positive for the novel coronavirus. We therefore are holding steady at eighteen, the total number of persons to have been infected in our country. Of these very sadly two have died but all the others have recovered so that Belize is now one of only twelve countries and territories in the entire world to be currently COVID-19 free. That is quite an achievement, it is not cause to declare victory. The science and the experts including our Dr.Manzanero warn us of the folly, indeed the danger, of any such rashness and the experience of other countries provides clear examples of how easily things can change; the possibility of regression, the rapidity with which a second wave could overtake us. I do not want to be a kill joy. Our relative success so far is a reason for thanksgiving but it must not occasion carelessness or any false sense of security. Precisely that however seems to be occurring. Every time we announce any relaxation of our still stringent measures we at the same time issue strong warnings. Nevertheless too many people seem to misinterpret the easing of restrictions as a free pass to completely violate the other important prohibitions that very much remain in place. I repeat this ordeal is by no means over and lax or knowing avoidance of the subsisting guardrails is the surest way of taking us back to ground zero.”