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COVID-19 infections on a decrease in the last few days

The rate of Covid-19 infections is seeing a decrease over the last few days.  The additional good news is that there one hundred and thirty-two recovered cases.  Director of Health Services Dr Marvin Manzanero says it is good news but it could not be interpreted as an indication that it has plateaued or that we will be seeing a continued downward trend.

The rate of Covid-19 infections is seeing a decrease over the last few days.  The additional good news is that there one hundred and thirty-two recovered cases.  Director of Health Services Dr Marvin Manzanero says it is good news but it could not be interpreted as an indication that it has plateaued or that we will be seeing a continued downward trend.

Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Over the last couple of days I know people are saying well you’re not testing as much that’s why you’re not going to get as many positives but then you do exactly what I have said percentage of samples tested , what is your percentage looking like and it looks, well there’s a downward trend, we reviewed the data that is shared with other Caribbean countries it seems to at least not continue with that upward spike that we had seen in the latter part of August first couple of weeks of September and the first week September. We’ll just have to continue to monitor it, I can’t tell you that it has plateaued and it is going to start to come down we’ll continue screening, we hope to be able to roll out the rapid screening tests later on this week particularly in Orange Walk where you have more symptomatic cases.

Reporter: Could that be attributed to perhaps a decrease in reports of people not adhering to social distancing and wearing their masks ? Are we seeing more compliance in those areas particularly as the weeks progress?

Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “There is compliance I know that we have still not gotten to where would want to get because I think we still hear of parties still happening, gatherings still happening. I know on September 10th which is a holiday we got notes of people still having barbecues and still not doing the social distancing element. The team at headquarters had flagged that as a potential situation so to be on the look out for it two weeks later and we anticipate that something similar to that can happen this long weekend coming even though many things are supposed to be closed that people are still going to find a way of celebrating if you will so we can still anticipate that we can have further spikes towards the first week of October.”

The current active Covid-19 cases have gone below the one thousand mark and now stands at nine hundred and sixty nine.