Two persons lost their lives to the covid-19 virus over this past weekend, becoming the 23rd and 24th deaths in the country. The first was a male in his 70’s who was admitted into KHMH’s ICU. The other patient was a 62-year-old female. These two deaths have brought the country’s fatality rate to 1.3%. Director of Health Services Dr Marvin Manzanero spoke briefly on these two cases.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “One male who had been in the ICU at Karl Huesner in his late 70’s he had been ventilated but not for an extended period and we had one death reported at the Northern Regional Hospital in a female who was not transferred to Karl Heusner. What the Epi team has also been asked to review is to do a comparison between the sudden deaths that we have had this year versus the previous years to see if there is anything that we have maybe missing if you’re having an increase in myocardial infarction, an increase in people having strokes and that is important because that will allow us to go and review to see if there is any potential cases out there that we may be missing.”
On a more positive note, the number of recovered cases has outnumbered the amount of new cases reported from the weekend. One hundred and twenty four cases were dubbed as recovered while ninety six new cases were identified. Our current active cases are at 34.2% of the total confirmed cases. In today’s Ask the Experts, Dr Marvin Manzanero noted that fewer cases are being identified this month.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “We did have lower positivity rates based on samples taken in the second week of September. Not as high numbers as we had had in August but the numbers were still in the first week of September significant, during the third week of September they kind of went back to where we were in the first week of September and the last week we had noticed particularly for Corozal and Orange Walk that they still have increasing numbers. The 21st of September was when we had the least amount – percentage wise that is we had 4% of only of positive samples that were processed but we’re going routinely now between 15-18% of the samples that are processed are turning out positive.”
Dr Manzanero also gave preliminary findings for cases that have been identified today, as well as an update on the country’s rapid testing abilities.
Up to news time, there are six hundred and thirty four active cases registered in Belize.