The head of the Immigration Department in Melchor De Mencos, Guatemala, has died and speculations are that he had been infected with covid-19. According to a report from the department, he was diagnosed with diabetes, and had apparent respiratory problems. On today’s edition of Ask the Experts, Dr Marvin Manzanero stated that despite the proximity to Belize there was no direct contact and no confirmation that he was positive for covid-19.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “The note said that he died of seemingly a heart condition but because his death was so sudden and they’re thinking it’s a myocardial infarction that he was going to be swabbed and I assume tested for a COVID-19 case; that’s what I know I have not seen the official report that in point in fact he has been considered to be a COVID-19 case. There’s also another worker there who has tested positive we got that note yesterday, we also have not gotten that confirmation note. As I understand it they’re actually not testing them there they’re just doing the swab and sending it elsewhere but we’re seeing lots of that start to come up but we have not see any confirmation that in point of fact anybody at that border station point has turned out to be a positive case.”
Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Beverly Williams, also commented on the situation, considering that Melchor De Mencos is Belize’s neighbor.
Beverly Williams, Minister of State, Ministry of Immigration Services: “You wouldn’t have direct interaction immigration Belize to immigration on the Melchor side however we do trading, it’s on going during this COVID period and we have put in protocols and security measures to ensure that the officers who come across – the officers don’t come across really it is the persons who are trading would come across but they interact with those in the immigration office. And so they come across and interact the persons bringing in the flat beds or the container trucks, interact with our immigration officers and in terms of exchange for papers immigration, customs, BAHA, hitching and unhitching of the trailers to move them further in to Belize for delivery to their destinations within the country. So that is a little concern but of course we were always out there with protective gear and we think that we have minimized the risk but we are looking at certainly strengthening the security features for our officers there.”