The lockdown for Ambergris Caye and the three villages in the north, Santa Marta, Shipyard, and Guinea Grass was extended for another two weeks. With Belize currently experiencing a Covid-19 curve, it is the hope of health officials that the lockdown and other regulations will flatten the curve. Our newsroom asked Dr Manzanero how he feels the lockdown will contribute to the decrease in cases when every district has now registered positive cases.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “I want to think of it as a collective effort that we have to flatten the curve. I don’t know that we should be thinking of any other option we really have to flatten it. Remember what we intend to do is reduce morbidity and mortality. Ideally you would want nobody to die of this and you don’t want a system that so overwhelmed with so many patients so that much we need to be aware of. At the NOC meeting that we had almost two weeks ago when we had it on Wednesday they had asked – when the cases had just started to increase- what timeline we were looking and I said well the next ten days and that would have ended this past weekend because that would have allowed you to take a critical look at your samples coming. Recall that the situation in San Pedro is now going on to two weeks so what you would be seeing now would be the cases of contacts turning out positive so if you’re able to contain it your numbers should really start to at least plateau that they should not be having thirty, forty cases in a given day and we have to move on to other areas as well. Orange Walk and Corozal some isolated cases popping up in Belize City you have to follow those closely and in terms of other districts Stann Creek and Toledo they seem to have contained clusters Toledo there’s no active case, similarly in the Cayo district so I think in the areas that we concentrate on now are really Corozal, Orange Walk and the Belize district. The measures are intended to try to minimize interaction but understand that the virus is not really going to go away so even after the two weeks is gone all the necessary precautions we should have continued after the state of emergency was lifted at the end of June those would have to remain in place they’re not going to go anywhere.”