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📣 Belmopan. April 8, 2020. 7:10 a.m. – 8TH CASE OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN BELIZE.                      📣 The patient is a 50-year-old male who is currently in the isolation area of the Corozal Community Hospital.                      📣 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.                      📣 Belmopan. April 5, 2020. 8:15 a.m. – Ministry of Health confirms Fifth case of COVID-19 in Belize. The patient arrived in Belize on Friday, April 3rd, and is in self-isolation at a quarantine facility. He is without symptoms and stable.
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Tackling the stinky sargassum problem

Sargassum is one of the major problems affecting tourism in multiple countries in this region. In Belize, many beaches have been impacted by Sargassum, causing hotels, residents and other organizations to put extra efforts in disposing of the seaweed. According to John Burgos, Executive Director of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, the government is collaborating with the tourism sector to help mitigate the impacts of Sargassum on the Tourism Industry.

John Burgos, Executive Director, BTIA: “We don’t know exactly when but we have to assure them that we have everything in place to be able- government has already approved, you know we’ve been working with government submitted a white paper and government finally approved support for the private sector for the next six months from November to April. That support is going to include 2% tax that they’re going to be able to keep with the purpose being that for them to manage the cleaning up of their beaches so that the tourists have a clean beach when they come, which is the main concern. They’re also providing duty exemption for the importation of any equipment or materials that are going to be used to deal with sargassum and then they have funding available through the local government to clean up the public beaches. We’re hoping that it’s going to be an efficient system so that when sargassum arrives tomorrow we’re going to be able to hit the ground running and get the sargassum of the beaches.”

John Burgos noted that between January and March of next year, sargassum is predicted to return to our beaches. These months are also recorded to have the highest amount of tourist arrivals into the country.

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