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Repatriates return through northern border

A group of Belizeans was allowed to return home via the Santa Elena Border in Corozal earlier today.  Our news team traveled north to witness the process, but we were kept at bay as part of the precautionary measures.

A group of Belizeans was allowed to return home via the Santa Elena Border in Corozal earlier today.  Our news team traveled north to witness the process, but we were kept at bay as part of the precautionary measures.  The group came in a van and were not allowed to disembark he vehicle until they got to the quarantine area.  Their documents were gathered and processed at the border and the group was then taken to the Hokol Kin Hotel in Corozal Town.  Earlier this week our newsroom interviewed the Minister of State for the Ministry of Immigration, Beverly Williams who explained the measures taken to protect their officers at the ports of entry.

Beverly Williams, Minister of State, Ministry of Immigration: We received a donation of ten thousand masks from the Taiwan Embassy yesterday for immigration, for the front line. Prior to that we did get enough masks and gloves. Everybody has their gear particularly at the border points and it is a requirement for the staff particularly those on the front line to greet the public with masks so that is being strictly enforced in all of our front end services whether it’s at the border or in the offices countrywide. We do have joint operations at times. The police is on the ground or the security services on the ground  and immigration at times would have to do the processing of those persons who enter illegally but it is a joint effort and we are involved indeed.”

The donation from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was handed over on Monday, June 8.