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Three More Belizeans Lose the Fight to COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Wellness reports tonight that the COVID-19 death toll has now increased to five hundred and eighty-five. This comes after three more fatalities were tallied today. In addition, there were one hundred and twenty-three recoveries along with forty-two new cases. With those statistics, the Ministry also reports that there are eight hundred and forty-three active cases of the virus in Belize at this time. Most of today’s cases were reported in Belize District, which had fourteen including one on San Pedro; and in Cayo District, which reported eleven. These numbers suggest that Belize is on trend with most of Central America, which is reporting a sharp downturn in new infections. However, there have been cases of the new omicron variant reported in neighbouring Mexico. Omicron remains a variant of concern and PAHO’s Director, Doctor Carissa Etienne today stressed vigilance and a reliance on accurate science.

Dr.Carissa Etienne, Director of PAHO: “The arrival of a new variant doesn’t necessarily mean that things will be worse but it does mean that we must be extra vigilant in the short term. Research is ongoing to benefit understand Omicron’s behavior and the potential risks for our region. In the meantime we must not forget that we are already dealing with the Delta variant which is highly transmissible and that’s why it’s important that countries continue to leverage the full package of public health measures that have proven effective against this virus including hand washing, mask wearing and social distancing. And that people get vaccinated when it’s their turn.”

There are still many unknowns about this variant and PAHO noted that there are still cases of the delta strain still being reported at this time. Cabinet confirmed that there are more than three hundred and sixty thousand vaccines available to Belizeans. As of December 7, forty-eight point seven percent or close to two hundred and ten thousand people in Belize have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Forty-five point six percent the entire population are fully vaccinated.