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MOHW Reports One Hundred One New COVID-19 Cases

The Ministry of Health and Wellness reports this evening that there are one hundred and one new cases of COVID-19 in Belize. The good news is that for a second straight report, there were no new fatalities; however, deaths have reached five hundred and seventy-eight. The majority of the fatalities – or about sixty-one percent – is males. In addition to the eighty-seven recoveries, the Ministry reports that seventeen people are hospitalised, ten of which are unvaccinated. Also notable is the continued decrease of active cases, a trend that Minister of Health Michel Chebat says he hopes extends into the Christmas season.

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “We have now had 68% of our population who are 12 years and older with a first dose and we have 63% of our population 12 years and above who are fully vaccinated. This is a great accomplishment but it still underscores the need to do more. We need to encourage everybody who is not yet vaccinated to please come out and get vaccinated. Ideally we would want to be 5% or below at least for two weeks and what the science shows us that once we’re at that level over a two wee period it means that the virus is under control. I am really pleased to tell you all and as you can see from the data the number have been really below the 10% positivity rate so we’re going in the right direction but it still means that we have to keep our guard up. We have to observe the public health measures and we need to get vaccinated.”

Of the nine in the ICU, five of them are also unvaccinated. Most of today’s new cases were in Stann Creek District, which reported fifty-two, while there were only five cases in each of the northern districts.