Belize is into its 86th day since the first case of Covid-19 was confirmed in the country. Since then we have seen twenty cases, two deaths, sixteen recovered patients and three active cases. While the borders and airport remain close as a precautionary measure the Government is in the middle of repatriating Belizeans abroad who want to come home. The arrivals are almost daily and most persons are being placed under quarantine once they land. According to the Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero there is another flight scheduled for Friday, June 19.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “I got a note that it seems that we will have forty five people arriving on the flight this coming Friday. One person just arrived at the Western border a little bit earlier today, that person went to a quarantine facility in the Cayo district. Another group arrived yesterday from the fourth cruise ship that has docked, that’s five Belizeans that were brought back yesterday and again all these persons are asymptomatic. As people are completing their quarantine period they are being released to either the police or immigration depending on the legal status that they are going to be undertaking once they have completed their fourteen days and once they have been swabbed and the result has been made available. So over this weekend up to yesterday the vast amount of people that were Guatemalans at the q
Several of those persons who arrived on the cruise ships as part of the repatriation process have been released. According to Dr Manzanero, patient number 19 who arrived on May 23 has been swabbed which will determined whether he has recovered after being in quarantine for twenty five days. Up to news time tonight we still have not received the results for patient number 19.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “In terms of the cruise ship persons if you had also recalled we had that group that arrived on a cruise ship on May 31st Sunday and a third group arrived on June 1st, those persons have been released from their quarantine facility they have had their PCR test that is non reactive so they were released after competing their quarantine period. The only one that remains from those three cruise ships is the person number nineteen who was positive for SARS-CoV-2 he already has a negative sample once he was rechecked at day seven as we had anticipated was going to be. His second swab is being tested today so if turns out negative we would have another recovered patient that would be released either later on today or early tomorrow morning. We had fourteen in Corozal, eight of those are in a hotel one Belizean and five Mexicans in the quarantine facility which as I just said is ITVET. In Orange Walk only people at the hotel, in San Pedro only people at a hotel, in Belize City only people who are being quarantined at the three hotels I’ve already mentioned. In Cayo we had thirty two people, that’s the one where we have had the most staying that’s the Victor Galvez Stadium and most of those are Guatemalans, twenty two Guatemalans. Stann Creek it says nine people were there up to yesterday; three Hondurans, two Guatemalans and four Belizeans at the Russel Chiste Garcia those are the four Belizeans that may have very well been the ones that had actually left the facility.”
The State of Emergency ends in fifteen days. The SoE was was declared shorlty after the first case was detected in Belize and was extended up to June 30. According to the Government of Belize there will be no further extensions. The question therefore is what will be the regulations, if any, once the State of Emergency expires. There is no definitive response from the Government but according to Dr Manzanero, the National Oversight Committee is already looking at a way forward.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “We have also been asked at the NOC meeting yesterday to come up with what specifics we as health would need for once the state of emergency is lifted at the end of this month, what specific mechanisms, what specific things would need to be in place in order for what happens after the state of emergency so we are going to be communicating that in a written document in terms of when you should wear a mask and those other situations that are currently in place partially because of the SI.”