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📣 THIRD COVID CASE CONFIRMED .                      📣 March 29, 2020: – The Ministry of Health has confirmed the third case of COVID-19 in Belize.                      📣 PRESS RELEASE: – Amendment to Quarantine Order, Belmopan. March 29, 2020. 3:32 p.m.                      📣 The Government of Belize has enacted the Quarantine Order for the entire country of Belize.                      📣 POLICE UPDATE: -Police Commissioner informed the media this morning that over the past 24 hours police have arrested 9 persons for refusing to practice social distancing.                      📣 ARTHUR SALDIVAR DETAINED; – Love News has confirmed that Belmopan police have detained Attorney Arthur Saldivar. We understand that it has to do with a post he made on his Facebook page.
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    Attorney General outlines the final regulations and how they apply

    Under the state of emergency which activates at midnight, the Attorney General noted that while allowances will be made, they will be very limited.  Police officers as confirmed by the Police Commissioner yesterday will be out in full force monitoring the movements of people and making arrests where necessary.

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SIB releases latest figures, consumer prices continue to rise

The Statistical Institute of Belize released its December figures yesterday. Figures show that on average, consumer prices were up by one point one percent. An inflation rate of point seven percent was recorded for 2016. Orange Walk Town and Belmopan recorded the highest inflation rates for the month at two point eight and two point seven percent, respectively. This is attributed to increases in Transportation and home rental prices. Dangriga and Punta Gorda Town recorded the only decreases in consumer prices for the month. In December 2016 the ‘Transport’ index rose by nine point nine percent and fuel prices rose by fifteen point five percent. In the Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages’ category an overall one point six decrease was seen. Food prices alone were down by one point five percent in comparison to December 2015. On average, vegetable prices recorded a six point five percent decrease. Belize’s total imports for the month of December 2016 were valued at one hundred and seventy three point nine million dollars. This was a decrease of three point two percent or five point eight million dollars compared to December, 2015. For the second consecutive month, imports of ‘Machinery and Transport Equipment’ remained the category which saw the biggest decline, recording a drop of over seven million dollars. Merchandise imports for 2016 totaled almost two billion dollars, a decrease of four point three percent or eighty nine point one million dollars from the total imports recorded for 2015.  Total domestic exports for December 2016 amounted to seventeen point nine million dollars, down ten point seven percent or two point one million dollars when compared to December, 2015. A drop of two point eight million dollars was recorded in citrus exports. Bananas saw a decrease of point six million dollars while sugar revenues grew by point one million dollars. Marine exports saw an increase of two point one million dollars.

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