An official announcement from the Ministry of Health late yesterday evening is that five of the eighteen COVID-19 patients have fully recovered. Up to yesterday at 3 pm, health officials had conducted eight hundred and sixteen tests and forty-six were under investigation.
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize: “Thankfully we are holding steady on the health front, thus there has been no new positive since Monday, April 13th. There were of course the two lamentable deaths but no other of the 18 cases originally diagnosed is even in hospital. In point of fact five are now pronounced as fully recovered and all the others are at home recovering. The mapping and tracing exercises done in San Pedro, San Ignacio, Corozal and Belize City are just about complete but random sampling continues. Also we expect this Saturday out of Miami a resupply of reagents that will enable us to proceed with the full scope of necessary testing. The fact is though that we appear for now to have contained the clusters that arose particularly in San Ignacio and Belize City. This of course is no reason to let our guard down. Indeed the opposite is true and our healthcare professionals will try to build on their success. In light of all the advances we are steadily making I wish to close on a note of confidence, I therefore restate my unshakable conviction that this fight against COVID-19 is one that we can win, one that we will win.”
According to the latest infographics, eleven cases are still considered active and they are reportedly recovering at home. There are no hospitalized patients with COVID-19. Of the 916 tests carried out, Belize City and San Ignacio saw the majority of them done due to the two clusters that had developed. Three hundred and eighty-eight tests were done in Belize City and two hundred and seventeen were done in San Ignacio. The latest figures for today are yet to be released from the Ministry of Health.