The Ministry of Health has reported three more Covid-19 related deaths bringing the total to sixty-seven. In yesterday’s batch of testing seventy-two new cases have been identified with majority of them being in Orange Walk with 36 new cases, primarily in the rural areas. Director of Health Services Dr Marvin Manzanero spoke with Love News on the high number of cases in the north as well as in the banana belt in the south.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “We had indicated that we could expect cases because we had done sample taking. The team went in to meet with the owners of the Banana farms and the growers association to try to see how we could further contain it so the numbers that you’re starting to see that are reported as Bella Vista Toledo and all these areas would be from that Banana Belt situation. It’s a mixture of both because you can’t think that it’s not going to be from the urban area actually when you look incidents and prevalence rates reported earlier in the week I believe we had done an infographic on Wednesday that highlighted the number of active cases you will note that the urban area actually has a higher percentage than the rural communities in Orange Walk so it’s a mix of both you can’t say it’s from one single community or that it’s being driven by rural communities.”
The number of persons hospitalized is spread across the KHMH, the Western Regional Hospital and the Northern Regional. Dr Manzanero gave us a breakdown of those numbers as well as a breakdown of the fatality data.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Two patients are intubated from Karl Heusner that’s the report I have and there were another eight patients hospitalized at Karl Heusner, one male and one female. One patient has been successfully extubated and I believe that patient may be going home either today or through the weekend. I mean two of the other patients are on high nasal flow of oxygen and the other six would be on supplementary oxygen.”
Yesterday’s data also showed Corozal with five new cases and the Belize district with five; Cayo has registered three and Toledo has registered two. The Stann Creek District, specifically in the banana belt, has registered twenty-one new cases. Two of the deaths reported are both men; one from the Orange Walk District in his eighties. He died at the KHMH. The second death is from San Ignacio who had been swabbed as a highly symptomatic case. Thirty cases were recovered as recovered for yesterday.