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📣 Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed.                      📣 PRESS RELEASE Belmopan. April 6, 2020. 10:30 a.m. – The Ministry of Health has continued to scale up testing for COVID-19 and a further 26 samples were tested on Sunday, April 5th. That scaled up testing has identified two further cases, both males residing in San Ignacio.                      📣 ***PATIENT 4 PASSES*** – Love News has confirmed with a family member that Patient 4 lost his fight against COVID-19. Reports indicate he passed away earlier today after underlying complications.                      📣 Belmopan. April 5, 2020. 8:15 a.m. – Ministry of Health confirms Fifth case of COVID-19 in Belize.                      📣 Today, April 5, 2020 at 03:19 a.m., the expanded testing protocol of the Ministry of Health identified a fifth case of COVID-19. The patient is a Belizean student who returned from Florida.                      📣 The patient arrived in Belize on Friday, April 3rd, and is in self-isolation at a quarantine facility. He is without symptoms and stable.                      📣 A total of 102 samples were processed on April 4th and into the early hours of today. The samples processed included close contacts from both Belize City and San Ignacio and that of health care workers in the Cayo District who had been in contact with patient #4.                      📣 The remaining 101 samples were all negative for COVID-19, and therefore, the Ministry is still unable to determine who the infected contact was for patient #4.
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GOB says 10 million in Micro Credit Facility for businesses

As you’ve heard earlier in the newscast, the Government of Belize has released the Prime Minister’s Annual New Year’s and tooted his own horn when he opened up when he said the last part of 2018 was QUOTE “powered by good financial news, good tourism news, and good diplomatic news” UNQUOTE.  The positive New Year’s message was infused with saxophone inspired music to get you in the mood for 2019.  But hopefully the 10 million dollars micro credit facility for small businesses to access loans will be enough to get entrepreneurs in the mood for the New Year.

Honorable Prime Minister Dean Barrow: “We will be able to proudly announce a ten million dollar Micro-Credit Facility through the National Bank of Belize. I stress that all Micro enterprises will qualify, this includes small farmers with their corn and wheat crops and their pigs and cows, urban and rural arts and crafts makers and those small cruise tourism tour operators. This funding should help to launch and float up many start up and fledgling enterprises and the importance of this is underscored by a statistic I just saw: 60% of all new jobs in the Western world are being created by SMA’s. I said earlier that the ten million dollar Micro-Credit Facility GOB that will charter this year will also be available to small farmers. That would nationally include those all important small citrus farmers and we are trying to do one better and are in discussion with SSB to provide a dedicated financing stream to small citrus growers. This would be in addition to the 15 million dollar facilities set up already like SSB for industry wide global expansion, fertilizer and replanting.”

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