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Ministry of Health Reports Over Two Hundred New Cases of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Wellness reports that there are two hundred eight new cases of COVID-19 in the country tonight. Unfortunately, there are two new deaths taking the death toll to four hundred and twenty-six. One of the new deaths was a fully vaccinated person while the second was unvaccinated. It’s a concerning situation but tonight’s number of new cases was not as high as they were on Monday. Meanwhile, a total of fifty-two people are in the hospital, thirty-six of whom are unvaccinated. Ten people are in the ICU, seven of whom are unvaccinated. In each of the six districts today, new cases were all below one hundred. Belize District was at seventy-one, forty-nine of which were in Belize City and seven in Ladyville. There were fifty-five in Cayo, scattered over twenty-one municipalities and villages including San Ignacio/Santa Elena, which tallied twenty-two cases combined. There were thirty in Toledo, eleven of which were in Punta Gorda. There were 22 cases in Stann Creek, eleven of which were in Independence Village. There were thirty cases in the northern districts combined with Orange Walk Town reporting ten cases while Corozal Town added seven. Also on the COVID-19 front, Cabinet met with the Health Advisory Task Force for a status update and recommendations for the coming months. The group of doctors noted that the vaccination rate is increasing but said that Belize’s third wave has not yet peaked. The Ministry of Health and Wellness will announce recommendations provided by the task force through to the end of the year. Cabinet says that the announcement is coming shortly. Cabinet approved the establishment of a COVID-19 Enforcement Unit within the Ministry of Health & Wellness to oversee responsibilities for the maintenance of supervision and enforcement of COVID-19 protocols in all businesses and other establishments. Up to October 3, about forty-eight percent of Belizeans – or roughly one hundred ninety-eight thousand people — have received at least one dose of the vaccine while thirty-four percent of people are fully vaccinated, equivalent to about one hundred thirty-nine thousand Belizeans.