The Ministry of Health and Wellness is reporting two deaths and two hundred eighty-four active cases tonight after the Independence Day holiday. It is still an alarming figure, despite being less than the three hundred seventy-one reported over the weekend. Belize City continues to lead with the highest numbers of active and new cases tonight, with Tuesday’s tally reaching eighty-two out of the one hundred and eleven reported in the entire district including San Pedro. Following next is Cayo District at sixty-seven, mostly confined to the communities of San Ignacio, Belmopan, Benque Viejo del Carmen and Valley of Peace. In addition, there are three hundred fourteen recoveries, marking the first time in a long while where active cases were less than recoveries in a single report. At the same time, two hundred and twenty-four samples currently under investigation. Hospitalizations remain high at thirty-one with twelve in the ICU. Of the 31 in hospital, twenty-three are unvaccinated, another five has gotten just a single dose and only three are fully vaccinated. Of those in the ICU, zero are fully vaccinated, three have received just one dose and the remaining nine are unvaccinated, supporting the theory that most hospitalizations have not gotten any vaccine. Speaking of vaccinations, the Ministry says that twenty-thousand six hundred seventy-five teens have been vaccinated thus far and another seven thousand two hundred ninety-eight adults are newly vaccinated. One hundred eighty-four thousand six hundred three people have received at least one jab while one hundred four thousand eight hundred forty-eight people are counted among those who are fully vaccinated.
For the next two weeks a regular work day for public officers will be shortened due to the earlier curfew. Starting September 23, the government offices will be open from Mondays to Thursdays from 8am to 4pm and on Fridays they will be open from 8am – 3:30pm. This will continue up until October 3. The announcement was made today via an internal circular sent from the Ministry of Public Services.