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COVID-19 Cases See Slight Uptick

Over a four-day period, Belize has recorded thirty new cases of COVID-19. The spike was anticipated after the Easter holiday as many Belizeans traveled across the country. Of those thirty cases, ten were reported today in the Ministry of Health and Wellness’s report. The report’s lock-off time was one this afternoon and includes information over the past twenty-four hours. We join Kathleen Azueta Cho of the Ministry of Health for more.

Kathleen Azueta Cho, Ministry of Health:A total of 494 samples were tested. Out of this 10 samples have resulted positive for COVID-19. There are five new recoveries to report. Today we also report that six infected persons are hospitalized. We have one person in the intensive care unit and there are no new deaths to report. The cumulative report we are presenting is from March 2020 when we had our first case. The new total of active case now stands at 79. These are those persons who have been confirmed and are within the time frame to transmit the virus. To date 111,668 sample shave been tested nationally. Out of this 12,568 samples have resulted positive for COVID-19. There are 54 individuals newly under investigation. A total of 318 deaths have been reported but we are pleased to report that there are 12,161 total recoveries.”

Of the new cases reported, three cases each were in the Stann Creek and Belize District, while there was just a case each in the Orange Walk and Toledo District, and the Cayo district reported two new cases.