Belize broke its record with four hundred and nineteen new cases of Covid-19. Following a global Facebook outage, the weekend’s figures were released just before news time today. With tonight’s tally, active cases stand at two thousand two hundred and seventy-seven. There were also four fatalities, taking the death toll to four hundred and twenty-two. This was the highest tally of new cases coming from the Ministry in a single report, besting the September tenth weekend, which recorded three hundred sixty-two cases. At the nation’s leading health facility, the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, capacity remains a significant concern. Chairman of the KHMHA Dr. Andre Sosa spoke to Love News today.
Dr.Andre Sosa, Chairman, KHMH: “Unfortunately that situation remains. The stressful working condition remain especially with those high numbers. Normally we would be – in “normal” times would be like twenty cases, it’s a more comfortable number to deal with but when we’re jumping into the thirties it places such a strain because there are only so many persons who are willing to work in the COVID unit. We have sufficient numbers in there but yes even so they have to do long hours. Well actually the shifts for the nurses are eight hours and the shifts for the doctors twelve hours.”
Again, most of the new cases were reported in Belize District, where there were 158 cases – 106 of which were in Belize City and another 20 in San Pedro. Eighty-eight cases were in Stann Creek, spread over several communities which included fifteen in Dangriga.