The Ministry of Health announced fifty two new cases of covid-19 in Belize. At today’s press conference, Dr Russel Manzanero gave a break down of the new cases as well as the numbers in terms of deaths and those who have recovered.
Dr.Russel Manzanero: “For Corozal we have eighteen new cases; in Caledonia five, Libertad and Corozal Town two, Chan Chen three, Xaibe three and Chunux one. In Orange Walk district we have fourteen; San Pablo and San Felipe three, San Jose and Trial Farm two, Yo Creek, San Estevan, August Pine Ridge and Orange Walk Town one. In the Belize district; Belize City we have five. We break it down; Biscayne four, and Caye Caulker one. For the Cayo district; Armenia Three, Yalbac one and in Belmopan one. I just also wanted to give a little bit information of deaths, we do have twelve reported deaths four in females and eight in males. Basically what we’re looking at the age group there is that from 25-34 we have two deaths, from 50-59 we have four deaths, age group 60-64 five deaths and one person over the age 65. So for newly recovered I just want to talk a little bit on the number for recovered. So far we have thirty nine newly recovered that means from this and I think the Director of Health Services will describe now how we are looking at that recovery the case definition for that. For San Pedro we have twenty one individual who have recovered, in Belize City nine, Independence two, Blue Creek, Corozal Town, Belmopan, Libertad, Las Flores and Concepcion each reported one recovered case.”
Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero gave an update based on the classification of recovered patients as well as an update on testing for repatriates.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “You will notice that more males are dying than females it’s a 2:1 ratio. The recovery cases is also more females than males and we almost have a hundred more cases of SARS COV 2 in males than we do in females. So what we are doing in terms of the recovery situation that Russell has highlighted is that in the past it used to be two negative tests that were being done, keeping in line with what is reported internationally we are now only doing one test. Once that test comes out negative the person is deemed to have recovered and that’s why we’re starting that process of reporting as of today. The lab has also confirmed with us that they have now caught up on all the backlog of samples that they had, they completed that with yesterday’s three hundred and thirty five samples that they processed which is the second highest amount that they have done in one single day so that they are not processing samples from the day before so they have caught up with all that backlog so turnaround time we anticipate is going to improve as we move along. We had mentioned also last week that we were changing the way we were doing repatriation processes which means that the people who arrived last week Friday are being swabbed today I believe it’s ninety and so those samples will be processed throughout the weekend and we should have those results Monday and make a determination as to whoever is positive how many more days they need to stay and however is negative they’ll be able to leave the hotel quarantine.
Dr Manzanero also stated that as it relates to the repatriation process, there may be more changes in the future based on further scientific information that is gathered about the virus and its testing methods.