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Five More Belizeans Fall Victim to COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Wellness reports tonight that there are one hundred and eighty new cases in the country. However, there are five fatalities to report, bringing the death toll to four hundred and seventy-one. On the upside, two hundred and seventy-nine people are considered recovered but there are still two thousand seven hundred and sixty-one active cases. Fifty people remain hospitalised and ICU admissions have jumped to twenty-one. There are three hundred and twenty-three people under investigation. Since yesterday’s report, we’ve noticed a shift in the number of new cases; new infections are starting to drop in Belize District but in Cayo and Stann Creek, there is a slight increase. Thirty-nine cases have been reported in Belize District, including twenty-six in Belize City and eleven in San Pedro. However, Stann Creek has the most new cases tonight with forty-three, which includes sixteen in Dangriga Town and nine each in the villages of Independence and Pomona. There were thirty-six in Cayo, scattered over fifteen communities, which include nine in Belmopan, and six each in Benque Viejo del Carmen and San Ignacio/Santa Elena. In Orange walk there were twenty cases, half of which were in Orange Walk Town while in Corozal, the two dozen cases tallied today were spread across thirteen communities, which include the four each in Corozal Town and the village of Chunnox and Libertad. In terms of vaccinations, just over two hundred and four thousand people have received at least their first shot while one hundred sixty-seven thousand one hundred are fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, Cabinet says this evening that it has approved recommendations from the Ministry to amend the Public Health Act to change the structure of the ministry to allow for a Director of Public Health and Wellness as well as a Director of Hospital Services. In addition, Cabinet approved the recommendation by the Minister of Health & Wellness to increase the size of Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) Board to allow for a representative of the KHMH Workers Union to join the KHMH Board of Governors.