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One person at PGIA tests positive; more guards and inmates at prison test positive as well

The Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) has been open for seven days, and so far only one passenger has been flagged as being Covid-19 positive. That person is currently in quarantine at one of the designated hotels. Dr Marvin Manzanero gave an update on the arrivals via the PGIA.

The Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) has been open for seven days, and so far only one passenger has been flagged as being Covid-19 positive. That person is currently in quarantine at one of the designated hotels. Dr Marvin Manzanero gave an update on the arrivals via the PGIA.

Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “Routinely now we have flights from Thursdays to Mondays. Tuesdays and Wednesday there is no flight coming in from the US. Private flights may still be coming in but those are perhaps easier to handle in terms of numbers. So the first day that the airport was open which was last week Thursday October 1 there was one flight that came in, Friday to Sunday there were two flights one from Houston and one from Miami and one Monday there was one flight and we understand that the flights from Miami will be coming at least for the month of October from Thursday to Monday and from Houston from Friday to Sunday. So the total amount of passengers that came on the flights from Thursday to Monday was on Thursday there were seventy three passengers, Friday two hundred and twenty, Saturday two hundred and eighteen, Sunday a hundred and ninety two and Monday seventy three passengers. That’s a total of seven hundred and seventy six persons arriving in the first five days. The majority of these persons returning are actually Belizeans coming back home and I think we need to stress that because you know there’s the balance and the situation of what was going to happen if tourists starting arriving. Out of the seven hundred and seventy six persons, three hundred and seventy two of those were screened at the airport with the SD Biosensor test and some of those persons were also randomly tested via PCR platform. The rest of the persons that were not swabbed and was determined also by the quarantine officer at the airport is because they brought in PCR test result that could have been validated and that’s why for some persons it is an easier process to go through that airport situation.”

Dr Manzanero also gave an update on the testing that was conducted at the Belize Central Prison today by the Ministry of Health.

Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “If you saw towards the end of last week that we had initially four prison officers had been documented to have tested positive for SARSCOV2. A team went up there yesterday and there’s another team that went up to help Koble health officials to go through that screening process to make sure that we are able to contain any potential situation there. A further two prison officers have tested positive so that makes a total of six and in the screening process that was done yesterday three prisoners were detected as positive cases, that is on the SD Biosensor rapid test that we have been using. This was done out of a random process and you know the prison is divided into different areas and so random process was done and these three prisoners one of them had been symptomatic the day before and that’s why that person was screened and the immediate close contacts of these two persons were also screened and they all turned out to be positive. Those samples are going to be further processed through a PCR screening process and until that is done then that that’s how you will see that reflected in the infographic. The preliminary data I have is that a further ninety persons are to be screened, swabbed if they haven’t been screened or swabbed today but I don’t have the report of what that screening processed has entailed.”

According to the CEO of Belize Central Prison, Virgilio Murillo, there is further testing to be done at the prison.