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📣 Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed.                      📣 PRESS RELEASE Belmopan. April 6, 2020. 10:30 a.m. – The Ministry of Health has continued to scale up testing for COVID-19 and a further 26 samples were tested on Sunday, April 5th. That scaled up testing has identified two further cases, both males residing in San Ignacio.                      📣 ***PATIENT 4 PASSES*** – Love News has confirmed with a family member that Patient 4 lost his fight against COVID-19. Reports indicate he passed away earlier today after underlying complications.                      📣 Belmopan. April 5, 2020. 8:15 a.m. – Ministry of Health confirms Fifth case of COVID-19 in Belize.                      📣 Today, April 5, 2020 at 03:19 a.m., the expanded testing protocol of the Ministry of Health identified a fifth case of COVID-19. The patient is a Belizean student who returned from Florida.                      📣 The patient arrived in Belize on Friday, April 3rd, and is in self-isolation at a quarantine facility. He is without symptoms and stable.                      📣 A total of 102 samples were processed on April 4th and into the early hours of today. The samples processed included close contacts from both Belize City and San Ignacio and that of health care workers in the Cayo District who had been in contact with patient #4.                      📣 The remaining 101 samples were all negative for COVID-19, and therefore, the Ministry is still unable to determine who the infected contact was for patient #4.
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  • Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed
    Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed

    PRESS RELEASE Belmopan. April 6, 2020. 10:30 a.m. The Ministry of Health has continued to scale up testing for COVID-19 and a further 26 samples were tested on Sunday, April 5th. That scaled up testing has identified two further cases, both males residing in San Ignacio. One of the males identified is a contact of […]

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Speednet and Court of Appeal Find Middle Ground in Court of Appeals

Another decision that the Court of Appeal handed down today has to do with Speednet Communications Limited, the parent company of Smart. For background, in 2011, Speednet filed a lawsuit against the Public Utilities Commission, PUC, as it relates to fees that it had been required to pay for its telephone service. The PUC had charged Speednet seven hundred and ninety two thousand dollars for a total of 7,925 channels at one hundred dollars per channel. That amount for Speednet was too high and so it took the matter to the courts. The Supreme Court threw out the case but Speednet appealled in 2013 and today the Court of Appeal dismissed the case-except in one respect as explained by PUC’s Attorney, Senior Counsel Fred Lumor.

FRED LUMOR

“Speednet’s contention is that the fees are too large and expensive and it was due to misinterpretation of the schedule fees by PUC.  So they asked the court to clarify the meaning of the schedule, the court rejected the appeal but partly accepted the argument of Speednet so the appeal was allowed to a certain extent; meaning that the fees ought not to be paid in advance but should be paid in arrears since Speednet has paid PUC the fees in advance, the court ordered that PUC should pay interests on over $700,000 which Speednet paid to PUC as fees in advance; meaning the PUC would have to make payments of 6% interest on that money back to Speednet. The court says, however, since Speednet is to pay fees to PUC they can set it off against future payments. So in a nutshell that was the decision handed down this morning. It’s a very importance case because there is a schedule of fees and there is misinterpretation for what channel the PUC levies fees for, the number of channels that the telecommunications use to make phone calls, internet services and so on and if the court had accepted Speednet’s argument it meant that Speednet would have been paying little or nothing for those channels. The Court accepted the PUC’s interpretation of the channels so that the court upheld that the over $700,000 in charges annual for those fees is the correct fee to be paid. So all the doubt and confusion is removed.”

Attorney Andrew Marshalleck represented Speednet.

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