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COVID-19 Under Control at COP26

Belize and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) continue to engage in robust negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Negotiations are expected to conclude on Friday with the Glasgow Package. The President of COP, Alok (ah-lock) Sharma this morning published the first draft cover decisions including matters related to the adaptation fund and Common Time Frames. There is the public perception that COP26 will be a failure but one piece of good news coming from this important climate conference is that so far, there has not been a spike in COVID-19 cases. Around 40,000 politicians, climate experts, campaigners and journalists are estimated to have arrived in Scotland for the United Nations summit, which began last week and is due to end this weekend. Delegates are not required to show proof of their vaccination status before attending the secure Blue Zone at the SEC – but are required to take a lateral flow test each day. However, such results are self-declared and are not considered as robust in detecting coronavirus as PCR tests. The Belize delegation has been keeping safe and so far; none of them has been infected. Minister Orlando Habet and CEO Dr. Kenrick Williams remain at COP26 and they spoke to Love News.

Orlando Habet, Minister of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management: “Our team they do their checks everyday and they report to their team leaders and up to now they haven’t had a report of anybody being positive. Some people have little cold and sore throat I guess it’s because of the weather. I was speaking to someone who says Scottish weather is tough weather so a lot of rain and the cold weather and of course you take a hot shower in the morning you come out into the cold too so it might affect your throat a little.”

Dr.Kenrick Williams, CEO, Ministry of Sustainable Development: “We’ve reminded in our daily briefings our team to ensure that they follow protocols, to ensure that they sanitize, to ensure that we follow all protocols. We know that other delegations have been impacted by COVID but again we’re trying to do what we need to do on the ground. It’s really difficult given the context of the space as you outlined there’s so many people, closed air, the weather and climate also has some impacts on it but as best as possible we’re trying to take the right measures in order to prevent contracting of any COVID.”