Belize has now registered thirty-three confirmed cases of Covid-19. Three new cases were uncovered among a set of tests that were carried out yesterday. According to the Office of the Director of Health Services, the new cases are all minors who were among a family that crossed into Belize illegally. According to the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, these new Covid-19 patients are under quarantine in Orange Walk bringing the total in that district to seven. He added that they were informed about the family of 7 by members of the community.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Three persons who were identified as having crossed the border illegally reported by the community. They were caught, well I mean not necessarily caught because they were already back in their community, it’s actually a family of seven not all of them were brought to the quarantine center at the same time so the preliminary report says that three of them were positive the rest of the persons were swabbed yesterday for sample processing today. Three of them were minors, asymptomatic, so we now await the results of the other family members along with the contact tracing and whatever that may result in.”
Dr. Manzanero added that the other family members have been swabbed and the samples are currently being tested for COVID-19.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “There are seven cases in Orange Walk because if you go to the infographic we have eleven active cases, seven are in Orange Walk, five of them have been crossing the border or illegal border crossings and two through the repatriation process. Blue Creek is the community where they’re coming from in Orange Walk so that’s where the contact tracing is going to now start and go through the weekend.”
A release from the Director states, quote. “While we acknowledge a general concern with the airport’s opening in August, we at health remain very much concerned with the ongoing illegals crossings at the Northern, Western, and Southern entry points.” End of quote. Dr. Manzanero expanded on this saying that various reports are being made by members of the communities about persons entering the country illegally.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “The report I got before the information officer left for the day says ten different calls came in from ten different communities and so we’re asking them that they also report it to police and immigration because we at health can’t necessarily just show up at somebody’s home and question them in that regard. We are now getting reports from that community in Orange Walk where other people are coming forward to say this is what’s happening so that mapping exercise can be a little bit extensive and depending on what we find we may take drastic decisions with what happens in the north. That process continues. We have two planned meetings next week, Central Health Region on Tuesday and a slated walk through and see how the arrival process of repatriated flights are on Friday. Of course that’s a long month away, more than a month away now. Can’t say we don’t prepared but the pressing concern right now has got to be those illegal border crossings. At the rate we are going we may be having a community transmission way before the airport opens so I don’t know that that’s – the one that’s going to keep me awake tonight is not going to be the airport on August 15 it’s got to be the illegal border crossings.”