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CORONAVIRUS UP

Precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus.

Health officials in Belize are stepping up the country’s precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus.  Ministry of Health personnel met with airport authorities and relevant agencies, placing them on alert should they suspect any incoming traveler of showing symptoms of the virus.  Airport officials were directed to review their screening methods and processes. 

Health officials in Belize are stepping up the country’s precautionary measures against the novel coronavirus.  Ministry of Health personnel met with airport authorities and relevant agencies, placing them on alert should they suspect any incoming traveler of showing symptoms of the virus.  Airport officials were directed to review their screening methods and processes.   According to a press release from the ministry, health officials are in frequent communication with the Caribbean Public Health Agency and the regional offices of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to keep up to date on the regional response on the Coronavirus.  The ministry maintains that the public must not go into panic mode and to practice proper hygiene at all times as a preventative method.  Earlier this week, the United States confirmed three cases in three States.  Meanwhile in Jamaica false reports were circulating that the University Hospital of the West Indies was shut down due to suspected cases of the virus.  The UHWI officials have since issued a statement saying that there are patients who are being tested but the hospital remains fully operational and there are no confirmed cases in Jamaica.  Meanwhile in neighboring Mexico, officials have confirmed that there are no confirmed cases in their country.  According to the New York Times, Chinese officials have confirmed over 6,000 cases of the Coronavirus, adding that foreign governments are airlifting their citizens out of Wuhan, the outbreak’s epicenter.  The Times also noted that the virus shows signs of spreading overseas, with people who never visited China falling ill in Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam.