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Restrictions lifted and recent COVID-19 deaths

Effective immediately churches are being permitted to resume its services and restaurants can now cater to in-house customers.  This is two of the three amendments to the Statutory Instrument announced by the Government late this evening.  The third amendment indicates that the Director of Health Services will now have to present the identity of all persons who have tested positive for Covid-19.  Our newsroom spoke to Dr. Manzanero on this amendment as he has always refrained from revealing the identities of patients. 

Effective immediately churches are being permitted to resume its services and restaurants can now cater to in-house customers.  This is two of the three amendments to the Statutory Instrument announced by the Government late this evening.  The third amendment indicates that the Director of Health Services will now have to present the identity of all persons who have tested positive for Covid-19.  Our newsroom spoke to Dr. Manzanero on this amendment as he has always refrained from revealing the identities of patients.

Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services:” We have our data base, that database has always been there. I don’t know that that database has changed it’s how you go about acknowledging that the Ministry of Health doesn’t have the ability to keep track of everybody I think that’s where the situation becomes a bit sketchy for everybody.”

Reporter: But you are aware of the SI for you to present all names to the Ministry of National Security ?

Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services:” I know that has been discussed. I haven’t seen as I said I’m not in office today I haven’t seen that SI come out as yet.”

With the Ministry of National Security now getting access to the names of Covid-19 patients it is uncertain if the public will also be given access to the database. Belize has registered twenty one Covid-19 related deaths.  The last two deaths occurred over the weekend and includes an employee at the Elections and Boundaries Department and an elderly resident in the north.  Love News spoke with the Director of Health Services Dr Marvin Manzanero who explained that the ministry is experiencing some difficulties with family members of one of the deceased as they are in denial and have refused testing.

Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “The last two persons were females. Both of them had been reported to us on Friday and of course they had to be highly suspect cases in order for us to consider them as potential COVID-19 cases. In the case of the female in Belize City she was in her late 50’s , had been complaining of some respiratory problems but she had apparently been relating to people around her that it was asthma or some other respiratory condition. It’s not until we ran the test after she had died that she was confirmed a COVID-19 case and she had died at home without really receiving any medical treatment. In the case of the female in Orange Walk we got a female in her 80’s. I know that I just got a call early today to say that the family members are saying that she was not really symptomatic but the notes we had was a little bit different in that she had been offered attention. The family is really not believing that it’s a COVID-19 result but she was confirmed also post mortem. The contact tracing starts whenever you make a diagnosis or whenever you have an ideal suspect situation. So in both Belize City and Orange Walk those would have been triggered off already. As I was saying the one in Orange Walk they were refusing to acknowledge that she may have died as a result of COVID-19, we had gotten a note that another family member was ill but that they were refusing to get tested so when you have situations like that it makes it difficult. Sometimes that’s also the very same reason why people don’t see adequate medical care in a timely manner because you have people that don’t want