COVID-19 in Belize and Corozal

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COVID-19 Update

This is our curve with data included from yesterday.

Further sets of samples are being processed today.

WE have a curve to flatten. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update

As we progress with further case investigation in terms of the identified cases, we can confirm the following:

The following villages in the Orange Walk District would have at least one case (mostly linked to a construction site in San Pedro):

  • Douglas
  • San Jose
  • Trial Farm
  • San Estevan
  • Yo Creek
  • Guinea Grass
  • San Pablo
  • August Pine Ridge.

We can also confirm that we have identified a further 4 health staff that are now reactive to SARS-CoV2 = 2 nurses + 1 lab technician + 1 x-ray technician. We are doing contact tracing for all these health care workers to determine source of infection. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Cases 211-296 (86 New)

This is our data for today, this being run into two separate batches for a total of 257 samples processed today. The full breakdown is as follows -

A total of 86 samples are positive with geographic breakdown as follows:

  • 1 case in Corozal (contact of a previous case)
  • 2 in Caye Caulker
  • 6 in Belize City
  • 8 cases in Stann Creek District (2 related to previous identified case in Stann Creek and 6 as imported cases)
  • 28 in Orange Walk (mostly related to construction site in San Pedro)
  • 41 in San Pedro

The majority of these cases are related to previously identified cases and underscores the value of contact tracing that continues.

We have to commend the tireless work of the staff on the ground that remains alert and actively seeking more cases and the tireless effort of health staff.

Throughout the day tomorrow, we will be providing further details of the cases.

Note that the infographic now has the cases for San Pedro separately, the cases for Caye Caulker would be included in the Belize District tally. See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Cases 178-210 (33 New)

This is our data for today, a total of 84 samples have been processed, the last remaining batch will be processed throughout the night.

In this batch we have a total of 33 positive cases with the breakdown as follows:

  • 31 cases in San Pedro (related to the three active clusters)
  • 1 case in Belize City (related to a previously identified cases in Belmopan)
  • 1 case in Belmopan (related to a previously identified case in Belmopan).

We currently have two hospitalized cases.

We should note that we currently have 10 out the 176 active cases in health staff (6 from private sector / 4 in the public sector) with the majority of these cases linked to interaction outside of the health care setting.

Please continue to exercise all necessary precautions at all times, both within the work setting, the family environment and in the public setting.

We should be providing further updates before midday tomorrow. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Aug 2020

What Our Elders Need to Know

While we continue to advise that every person you meet should be treated as a possible COVID19 case, these vulnerable groups of persons are still considered higher risk for contracting COVID19 and becoming seriously ill. Be aware and show support. Call us at 0-800-664-2273 for more information. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Cases 155-177 (23 New)

A total of 144 samples have been processed throughout the day.

We have a total of 23 new positive cases with a preliminary breakdown as follows:

  • 3 cases in Belmopan (2 are linked to the previous identified positive case in Belmopan and the other case is linked to San Pedro)
  • 1 in rural Corozal with apparent link to San Pedro
  • 2 cases in Orange Walk (1 from Santa Marta and 1 from Orange Walk Town linked to a previously identified case)
  • 1 case in Caye Caulker (with no apparent link to any previously identified case for now)
  • 5 cases in Belize City (1 case with no apparent link to any previously identified cases, 4 others linked to previously identified cases)

The remaining cases are in San Pedro.

As the links are further established, those will be updated accordingly. This is to be noted as the infographic reflects where the persons are swabbed but they may be working in a different geographic area. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Aug 2020

Ministry of Health Condemns Stigmatization of COVID-19 Patients

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It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Health that many persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and as well as persons who may have been in contact with them are being stigmatized and discriminated physically and emotionally, including through social media platforms.

The Ministry of Health recognizes that it is not only the virus that we must protect ourselves from but also fear, rumors and stigma. The psychological damage caused by stigmatization may be greater than the physical symptoms experienced by the illness and it can have an impact even after recovery from those symptoms.

The Mental Health Unit in the Ministry of Health urges the public to:

  • Be supportive of those who have been diagnosed as positive.
  • Do not mistreat or bully those who have been diagnosed but reassure them that they will recover.
  • Inform yourself about this new disease through official local and international sources.
  • Have a plan on where to go to seek help for physical and mental health and psychological support if required.

Everyone must do their part and become supportive of those who may have been affected by COVID-19. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Aug 2020

Update on Three Clusters of COVID-19

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As documented before, the island of Ambergris Caye and specifically San Pedro Town is experiencing ongoing community spread of the disease. While it remains unclear where the actual source of the current infections came from, for practical purposes the following three clusters are being followed closely now:

  • The first cluster related to patient #57 has so far identified a large number of cases. In this particular cluster, the Ministry can now indicate that 42% of the active cases on the island are linked to activities at the Allure nightclub, which happened around July 16th – 19th. Any person who was at these activities and is symptomatic should call 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273) or 672-0911/613-0787.
  • The second cluster is related to Living Word Church in San Pedro Town. The number of confirmed and suspected (symptomatic) cases are being linked to a church service held around mid-July and the contacts and those potentially exposed are being followed on the island.
  • The third cluster is related to the workers from Medina’s Construction Site that were working on the island, which has so far identified several cases and currently represents the highest risk for spread out of San Pedro given the high number of persons that have since left the island. It is requested that all persons from this construction site remain in strict isolation wherever they may be for the next 14 days and should any symptoms develop, call 0-800-MOH-CARE (0-800-664-2273) or call the nearest health facility.

All persons who have been on the island of San Pedro mid-July and thereafter, and are developing signs and symptoms, please call the nearest health facility for guidance and remain in self-isolation.

The contact tracing for the new cases identified in Orange Walk and Belize City are ongoing and contingent on the results. The scenario for these two entities can change over the next couple of days. The Ministry has been alerted to a possibility of suspect cases from individuals who attended large social gatherings during this past week. The same suspect cases seem to be from individuals who work in public spaces. The Ministry cannot ascertain if there is a link to any of the previously established clusters, but as the team continues to investigate it will be determined if there is also ongoing spread in Belize City.

Meanwhile, the Central Medical Laboratory is currently engaged in the extraction and processing of samples. There are approximately 300 samples to be processed; these are from all across the country and include samples from the routine surveillance measures in place. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Case 154

As highlighted yesterday, no specific set of samples were being run for today.

The extraction process and preparation of samples was started today to process a significant amount tomorrow Monday, August 10th. The total set of samples pending to be processed is close to 300 for now.

A small run of 3 samples was done today, we have one more positive in Belize City as today was set aside for preparation of samples.

The patient that had been hospitalized yesterday was discharged today.

Contact tracing continued through the weekend and the 3 actives clusters out of San Pedro continue to be monitored, we should be providing further details on this within 12 hours. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update

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We are currently ranked #150 in terms of cases per million population rate and these numbers change for all countries as we move along with the pandemic.

In terms of testing rate we are ranked #145, similar to the testing rates in neighbouring Honduras and Guatemala and higher than that of Mexico.

Since our first case identified more than 4 months ago, find attached how our curves look, also compared to some of our Caribbean sister countries. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update Including 7 New Cases (147-153)

Our data today reveals a further 7 new cases: 5 in Orange Walk and 2 in San Pedro.

The 2 cases in San Pedro are linked to a construction site where the majority of workers seem to be from the Orange Walk District - contact tracing for this site is ongoing. We are seeing a possible link to one of the two other clusters previously identified on the island.

The 5 cases in Orange Walk are as follows:

  • 2 in Shipyard and linked to initial cluster which has more than 10 active cases
  • 1 case in Santa Martha
  • 1 case in Yo Creek (linked to San Pedro)
  • 1 case in August Pine Ridge (works in Orange Walk) - contact tracing has started in order to determine possible links.

Please note that this doesn’t mean that we are not going to be seeing any more cases in the following week. Given the extent of the cases in San Pedro, we anticipate to get more numbers throughout the week.

Do avoid all mass gatherings and do stay home unless it is absolutely necessary for you to go out. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update Including 32 New Cases (Total 146)

A record numbers of tests for one single day was processed today - a total of 214.

We are able to confirm 32 new cases today. The full breakdown is being worked on but for now this is the preliminary data:

  • 1 case in Stann Creek related to cluster in Santa Marta
  • 1 case in Cayo (repatriation)
  • 3 cases in Corozal (one single cluster related to San Pedro)
  • 10 cases in Shipyard (related to cluster identified earlier in the week)

The majority of the remaining cases are for now related to the two clusters in San Pedro.

We are still working on the line listing but needed to share this preliminary data for now. See Source on Facebook. Posted 7 Aug 2020

State of Emergency, Statutory Instruments

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The Government of Belize has released SI-110 which declared a new State of Emergency, and SI-111, which details the regulations applying. The strongest part of SI-111 pertains only to Ambergris Caye and (in the Orange Walk District) Santa Martha Village, Shipyard Village, and Guinea Grass Village.

For the rest of Belize, including the Corozal District, it includes:

  • Curfew from 10pm to 5am Sun-Thu, midnight Fri/Sat.
  • Gatherings limited to 25 people.
  • Bars, rum shops and night clubs closed.
  • No smoking/drinking at casinos.
  • Wearing of face masks (except for kids under 6) always, except at a private residence, exercising, engaging in sports, swimming, driving alone or with immediate family, riding a motorcycle or bicycle, persons conducting religious services including choir, seated at a dining-in restaurant.
  • Social distancing (6 feet) except in certain circumstances.
  • Schools remain closed.
  • Public transportation restrictions.
  • Cargo still OK, and repatriation to continue carefully.

You can read the PDF at the Source on Facebook or click on the small images above. Posted 7 Aug 2020 We are also working on an HTML version of the Statutory Instrument.

COVID-19 Update Including 28 New Cases

Today, we processed a total of 121 samples, some of these are still contacts from San Pedro, the northern districts and from the enhanced surveillance that is currently ongoing countrywide.

We can confirm a total of 28 positive cases for SARS-CoV2 and the preliminary breakdown is as follows (this may change as further information is gathered):

  • 1 case in San Ignacio (associated to illegal entry)
  • 1 case in Belmopan (apparent travel to San Pedro)
  • 2 in Santa Marta
  • 1 in Orange Walk with link pending to be established
  • 20 cases in San Pedro (2 related to cluster associated to a church and 10 related to cluster #1, the remaining 8 pending to establish a link to any cluster)
  • 3 in Belize City (2 are linked to San Pedro and one to OW)

We have recovered one case for a total of 80 active cases.

Tomorrow we should be updating all in terms of the contact tracing strategies that will now change given the increasing number of cases.

As we move along, consider EVERYONE you meet as a potential COVID-19 CASE and for those who have returned from San Pedro, please remain in isolation and minimize exposure to others. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Aug 2020

Reopening of the PGIA and Schools Delayed

Today at a press conference held in Belize City, it was announced that due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in three districts, there will be a delay in the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA).

Prime Minister Rt. Dean Barrow said that although the airport will not reopen, the weekly repatriation flights for Belizean nationals abroad will continue, including the 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

Additionally, the Minister of Education Hon. Patrick Faber announced that the reopening the schools will also be delayed. He said the Ministry will continue to monitor the situation as it relates to COVID-19, and will make adjustments as deemed necessary. Any details regarding distance learning programs and other preparations for reopening will be made public as they become available. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Cases 72-86

Fifty-one (51) samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2.

We have identified a further 14 cases today, this is the second highest number of cases after yesterday’s record of 15. The breakdown is as follows:

  • 10 of the cases are related to the case identified on Sunday in San Pedro (some close contacts are still pending to be processed)
  • 1 case (in Belmopan) who was contact to the patient hospitalized at the Northern Regional Hospital
  • 1 contact related to the case identified in San Pedro yesterday (this would be a second cluster as they are not related to the initial case from Sunday)
  • 2 cases in San Pedro that don’t appear to be related to any of the above clusters but these are symptomatic patients that were picked up through the flu clinic routine and enhanced surveillance. One of these cases is a child.

The provisional report in San Pedro is also indicating that at least 20 (twenty) symptomatic cases were swabbed at the flu clinic in San Pedro (not necessarily linked to any of the above cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Cases 58-72

Fifteen (15) new COVID-19 cases were identified today as a result of tracking case contacts identified over the weekend. These cases are part of a record number of 148 samples processed in one day. New cases are as follows.

Seven (7) cases have been identified in Corozal. Seven (7) cases have been detected in Orange Walk. San Pedro now has a (1) new case.

Five (5) cases are from the repatriation process and these people are under quarantine orders. Two (2) of Corozal cases are related to the case identified over the weekend and three (3) cases on Orange Walk are linked to the case identified in that district over the weekend. The remaining five (5) cases seem unrelated; however, contact tracing is being carried out to identify possible links.

For now, the Ministry of Health calls on the entire nation to stay calm and only listen to official sources of information. Ministry will continue updating the public as information becomes available.

The public is reminded to maintain social distancing, practice good hand hygiene and wear masks at all times in public places. For health related inquiries call 0-800-MOH-CARE. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Case 57

Given a highly suspect case we had in the island of San Pedro, a test was ran and we have confirmed case #57 on the island.

This case is that in a female who presented with fever and respiratory symptoms and is currently being managed on the island. This female denies any travel history and contact tracing for possible source of infection is currently underway. Once further information is known, we will be informing all.

In terms of the case in Orange Walk, we have been able to trace contacts involved in the contraband of goods so that investigation is ongoing.

In terms of the case in Corozal, no specific contact has been ascertained.

Both of these cases remain hospitalized and are currently stable. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update

As we go through the weekend following active cases, we are getting bombarded with photos, accounts and social media posts where there is clearly NO ELEMENT of PHYSICAL DISTANCING and NO PROPER WEARING OF A MASK in most instances.

These are being reported at crowded bus and boat terminals and at big parties being hosted prior to 'August 15th' - as an incentive 'before the plane lands'.

Please take note that we cannot anticipate that we are 'all safe' before August 15th or that we are suddenly all in danger after August 15th! As we go about our new routines / new norms, we have to assume that everyone we meet on the street is a potential carrier of COVID-19 and we must therefore exercise all prevention measures at all times.

The Ministry of Health is hereby calling on all to avoid mass gatherings, to continue to exercise physical distancing when in public and our time in public settings should be limited to ONLY ESSENTIAL activities - these should be in effect as part of a new norm and NOT ONLY when the airport opens, particularly in light of potential cases we may be exposed to as we move along. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Cases 49-56

As we continue with our enhanced surveillance, we have to report a record number of positive cases in any single day as we have detected 8 new cases in the batch of samples completed today.

The breakdown of the 8 cases is as follows:

  • 3 in the Central Health Region: 2 from the repatriation flight from the US and 1 from the repatriation flight from Honduras. These persons are asymptomatic and are in hotel quarantine.
  • 3 in Corozal Town: 2 came in through the Mexican border entry point as part of the repatriation process and are in hotel quarantine, they are also asymptomatic. The third case has no travel history nor does she refer having been in contact with any known COVID-19 case; this person is a female with respiratory symptoms and is currently hospitalized. The contact tracing for this particular case has started.
  • 2 cases in Orange Walk Town: 1 case in that of someone who crossed the border illegally, this person is asymptomatic and is being held at quarantine facility. The second case has no travel history nor does he refer having been in contact with any known COVID-19 case; this person is hospitalized with symptoms. The contact tracing for this particular case has also started.

Out of the 8 cases today, the two cases that warrant in depth investigation are the ones hospitalized as they don’t have any reported link outside of Belize so far. As soon as further information is available, that will be shared with all. See Source on Facebook Posted 1 Aug 2020

COVID-19 Cumulative Cases

A little over 4 months since we first identified a case, this is how our cumulative data looks like up until today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Case 48

A further 58 samples were processed today and this is our infographic. In this we have recovered a case.

We have also identified a new case, this is another family member of the 4 cases identified yesterday so this makes a cluster of 5 total cases.

The initial contact tracing for these cases has concluded and while the family acknowledges that they had been across the border in the month of June due to a family emergency, the link that we are following is a family member that lives on the Mexican side and who had continued to visit the family over the last weeks. This family has been in virtual isolation since they returned from Mexico and there is no evidence that they left the isolated farm from where they were picked up.

For now, there are no identified close contacts of them or any other family members that is considered as a highly suspect case. The community has also not provided any further notes of possible contacts. These last 5 cases are therefore a cluster linked to illegal crossings along the Orange Walk District. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Cases 44-47

A further 83 samples were processed today.

In this list, we have 2 persons that have recovered and 3 persons that remain reactive beyond the 14 days of being in quarantine.

We have also identified a further cluster of 4 cases, this is a new cluster linked to another illegal crossing. The 4 cases are in one single family from a community in Orange Walk; the contact tracing and further mapping of these 4 new cases and their potential contacts has started. Once more information is available, that will be provided to all.

Orange Walk district remains the entity with the most active cases and in most instances tied to illegal crossings. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update Including Case 43

A further 67 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2.

We have identified another case, this is in a female who came in through the repatriation process through the Northern Border station and is under quarantine in the Orange Walk district. The female is asymptomatic and is not requiring treatment at the moment.

We have recovered another case, this is in a female who will now be leaving the quarantine facility. See Source on Facebook. Posted 21 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update including Case 42

A further 66 samples were processed earlier today, most of these samples being from the flight that arrived on the flight of Friday, July 17th.

We have identified two further cases of COVID-19, both are males.

One person came in through the Western Border from Guatemala and has been quarantined since he arrived in the country and the second case is from the returning flight on Friday. Both cases are asymptomatic and remain under quarantine.

We currently have 18 active cases, the majority in Orange Walk but all cases are under quarantine. See Source on Facebook. Posted 20 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update including Case 40

A further set of 119 samples (second highest number for a day) were done today including the samples from contact tracing done in Blue Creek, all of these are negative.

We do have another positive case, this is in a person that came in through the repatriation process. She is an elderly female with underlying heart conditions who is in home quarantine due to her condition. The person is asymptomatic and remains under home quarantine. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Mesoamérica Update

This is the regional update for the Mesoamerican Region. Numbers continue to rise and this underscores that we all need to continue to do our part. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update including Cases 38 and 39

A further 88 samples were processed today, some of these included the initial set of samples picked up from contact tracing and the mapping exercise done over the weekend linked to the last 7 cases. These samples have returned negative, however, the further mapping of these cases is ongoing.

We however have identified two other cases as reactive for SARS-CoV2:

  • A case in a returning male on the repatriation flight that arrived on Friday, July 10th. He is under quarantine at a hotel and is asymptomatic.
  • A second case in a male in his 50’s who was seen as a patient at the San Ignacio Community Hospital over the weekend with gastrointestinal symptoms and a loss of sense of taste and smell. The patient was discharged to self-isolate home. He has improved clinically and remains in isolation at home. The contact tracing for this last case is currently ongoing and once more details are provided they will be made available.

See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Jul 2020

SI-99, State of Emergency, Blue Creek and San Felipe Villages

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A proclamation declaring a state of public emergency in Blue Creek Village and San Felipe Village, Orange Walk District Click on a small image, or see the Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Jul 2020

SI-100, Emergency Powers, Blue Creek and San Felipe Villages

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Belize Constitution, Emergency Powers, Blue Creek Village and San Felipe Village, Orange Walk District Click on a small image, or see the Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Jul 2020

COVID-19, Mexico, Guatemala

As we start a new week, we note with particular concern the growing numbers in both neighbouring Guatemala and Mexico, especially the neighbouring state of Quintana Roo.

Neighbouring Othon P. Blanco has 883 active cases up until midday today and 48 related deaths. The growth rate in the southern part of Quintana Roo is 4.45, one of the highest in the entire Mexican territory; the growth rate is alarming and it has been flagged by the central government authorities in Mexico.

As for Guatemala, they are reporting 757 new cases for Saturday, July 11th.

Mexico now ranks 8th in terms of total number of cases but ranks 3rd in total number of deaths with a higher than average case fatality rate at 11.7%. Guatemala and Honduras rank at #51 and #52 respectively in terms of total number of cases, both close to 30,000.

See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update including Cases 34-37

Our enhanced surveillance and now routine laboratory testing for SARS-CoV2 has identified another 4 cases as positive for SARS-CoV2. These 4 cases are related to the previously identified 3 cases yesterday and all 7 members of this family remain at the quarantine center in Orange Walk. One person displayed minor signs and symptoms and was seen at the hospital yesterday but has not warranted in hospital treatment. All 7 cases were identified as persons who had been crossing the border into Mexico illegally and the contact tracing/mapping exercise for all these cases is currently ongoing. Today’s initial exercise has identified further potential cases in the community of Blue Creek and that exercise will continue into this weekend given the identification of this particular cluster. This identification of cases in persons who have been crossing the border illegally, underscores the importance and relevance of 'ALL OF COMMUNITY' approach in any successful COVID-19 intervention. We therefore have a total of 37 cases with 15 active cases, 9 of them being in Orange Walk. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update including Cases 31-33

Given the increasing number of samples that require processing, another set was tested today. That has allowed us to identify a further 3 cases, they are all minors and are members of a family who had been illegally across the border. The 3 new cases are in Orange Walk bringing their total to 7. We had one case recovered so we have a total of 11 active cases. While we acknowledge a general concern with the airport’s opening in August, we at health remain very much concerned with the ongoing illegals crossings at the Northern, Western and Southern entry points. All border communities are therefore being asked to remain extra vigilant and to report any suspicious case as we are now anticipating clusters in these communities at the rate we are going. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Jul 2020

Donations to Central Medical Lab for COVID-19

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This morning the Minister of Health, Hon. Pablo Marin visited the Molecular Biology Unit at the Central Medical Lab to see the recent donations that will assist us to increase our COVID-19 testing capabilities as we work towards ensuring more efficient and shorter turnaround time to process samples. The donations in the photograph included the Pockit Analyzer donated by the Government of Taiwan and the QuantStudio 7Pro thermocycler donated by Belize Bank through the Lord Michael Ashcroft Fund. The Minister extends appreciation on behalf of the people of Belize for all the donations we are getting and for those who have committed to continue to help us. See Source on Facebook. Posted 7 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update including Cases 29 and 30

A further 77 samples were processed today for SARS CoV2, this has allowed us to identify a further two cases bringing our total to 30. These last two cases are that of a male and female, Belizeans caught entering the border illegally via La Union. They are asymptomatic and have been in the mandatory quarantine area from when they were caught. We therefore have 9 active cases that have been and remain under quarantine, 8 Belizeans and one Honduran. See Source on Facebook. Posted 3 Jul 2020

COVID-19 Update Including 4 New Cases

Today, a further 95 samples were processed and that has allowed us to identify 4 more cases of COVID-19. The 4 persons identified came into the country last week, 2 through the Northern Border entry point and 2 on the flight on Friday. All 4 persons are asymptomatic and went into immediate mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Jun 2020

Belize Compared to English Speaking Caribbean

How does our COVID-19 data compare to the English speaking Caribbean? In a snapshot, the comparison as drawn out by UWI, specifically from the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Center. See Source on Facebook. Posted 27 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Update Includes Case 24

A further 87 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2. This has allowed us to identify a new case of COVID-19, case #24. This is in a Honduran national who had been caught in Belizean waters and is currently under mandatory quarantine in Dangriga. The person is asymptomatic. See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Jun 2020

BTB Announces Phased Re-opening Plan for Tourism

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The Belize Tourism Board, on June 26, 2020, announced a phased re-opening plan for tourism. This 4-page summary describes it. You can also find a much more detailed plan at the BTB Website. For the summary, see Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Jun 2020

PM Announces Reopening Date for PGIA

On June 25, 2020, during a virtual press conference, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow announced a reopening date of August 15th, 2020 for the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). The reopening of the PGIA marks the third stage in Belize’s five-phase reopening strategy for tourism. In May, the Prime Minister lessened restrictions under the state of emergency, which saw the reopening of hotels for domestic tourism. Additionally, Belizean crew members were repatriated from cruise ships. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Update, Including Case 23

Given that we had an arrival with 40+ persons this past Friday, samples were pooled and processed today, this is outside of our established testing days (Tuesdays and Fridays). A further 45 samples were processed today and this has identified a further case of COVID-19. The person is a young female who arrived on the flight on Friday, she is asymptomatic with no treatment required. She went into immediate quarantine upon arrival as part of the established protocol. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Jun 2020

Belizean to be Charged for Immigration Offense

On Friday, June 12, 2020, a team of police officers intercepted a vehicle with four persons, three of whom were Guatemalan nationals and the other a Belizean, at a routine checkpoint on the George Price Highway near Unitedville Village. The men were taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital to be swabbed for COVID-19 per the Ministry of Health’s protocol. The Guatemalans were taken to the Western Border where Immigration issued them an Order to Leave and ensured they went across the border. The results were made available late in the evening of June 16th and yielded a positive case for one of the Guatemalan nationals. The Guatemalan authorities were notified of the one positive result. The Belizean who was found in their company remains in mandatory quarantine. Upon completion of quarantine, he will be charged by Immigration for harboring illegal immigrants. See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Case 22

A further 45 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2 as part of our ongoing surveillance. These tested samples have identified a further case of COVID-19, case #22. The case is that of a male caught entering the country illegally this past weekend and who was swabbed as part of the established protocol, in the Cayo District. Contact tracing for this particular case is currently underway and as soon as further details are known, they will be shared through the official sources of information. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Jun 2020

Beating the COVID-19 pandemic

Out of a list of 46 countries 'beating' the COVID-19 pandemic, two are in mainland America - Uruguay and Belize. We will require an ongoing collective effort as we move along. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Update — Case 21

This is an updated infographic as we went ahead and ran samples for those who arrive on the flight on Friday and we have detected another case of COVID-19. The person is a male, asymptomatic who was in the Houston area and went into the mandatory quarantine upon arrival on Friday. He will continue to remain in strict quarantine for the next 14 days when a new sample will be processed. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Jun 2020

Repatriation of Belizeans

The Ministry of Health continues to work closely with the relevant agencies as the repatriation process of Belizeans continues. Today a further 22 persons came into the country, 7 through the Northern border station and 15 arrived at the PGIA. Thanks to the teams on the ground for their unwavering support. Our work continues! See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Jun 2020

Government of Belize Announces Further Ease of Lockdown Restrictions

Restrictions will relax further effective Friday, June 12. Social gatherings may be upt to 100. Private parties and meetings may be held with social distancing. Curfew hours shortened to 10pm-5am Sundays to Thursdays and midnight to 5am Fridays and Saturdays. Recreational contact sports, gyms, and spas will be allowed. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Jun 2020

Ministry of Health Confirms 20th Case of COVID-19

As a result of a revised protocol that came into effect this week, persons entering Belize either legally or illegally are being swabbed and tested for COVID-19. That process identified a positive case for COVID-19 in a 22-year-old female who was caught entering Belize illegally on Sunday, June 7th. The female was traveling with a one-year-old child and a 63-year-old female, who were all placed in the mandatory quarantine facility in Punta Gorda. The patient is asymptomatic. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Jun 2020

COVID-19 Education Update: FAQ# 5

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Plans for the reopening of school, as of June 8, 2020. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Jun 2020

Ministry of Health Confirms 19th Case of COVID-19

The Ministry of Health informs the public that a 19th case of COVID-19 was confirmed earlier today. This comes after the last four cases reported 53 days ago. The case is that of a 27-year-old male who arrived on Saturday, May 23rd, from a cruise ship as part of the established repatriation process for Belizeans. The male is asymptomatic for COVID-19 and was detected as part of the routine testing being done on all those placed under mandatory quarantine which is a requirement before their release. The contact tracing for this individual is starting now and the due process of informing the cruise ship and relevant counterparts has started. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Jun 2020

Embassy of Taiwan Donates Masks to the Ministry of National Security

The Ministry of National Security today received a donation of 60,000 surgical face masks from the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The masks will be distributed among the Belize Defence Force, Belize Coast Guard and the Belize Police Department. See Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Jun 2020

Updated COVID-19 Response Measures

Transcript of the press conference with Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow on May 29, 2020. He previewed an amended S.I. to take place just after midnight on June 1st. It will include minor changes, ALL including social distancing and other restrictions. So the S.I. will allow social gatherings to 40 instead of 10, tacos and other street vendors, restaurants in addition to open air, Boleto, casinos (without smoking or alcohol), gyms, some sports including fishing, exercising other than 5am to 8am, and curfew hours reduced a little on Fridays and Saturdays. See Source. Posted 29 May 2020

Assisted Voluntary Return Program

Are you a Belizean stranded in a neighboring country? IOM, in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Belize can help you to go back home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 21 May 2020

COVID-19 Regional Update

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Data for the Central American region up until yesterday. All countries continue to report increasing numbers except for Costa Rica and Nicaragua. See Source on Facebook. Posted 19 May 2020

Repatriation for Displaced Belizeans Abroad

This notice gives the process for applying for permission to return to Belize, including the application and screening forms, the approval process, booking your travel, and sending confirmation to the Govt of Belize. Do NOT attempt to travel to Belize without approval. See Source on Facebook. Posted 18 May 2020

COVID-19 Regional Update

This is the regional update as numbers continue to rise in countries all around. Costa Rica and Nicaragua are the two countries who don’t seem to have significant increases in their numbers as all aim to contain their epidemic curve. We all remain vigilant under new norms. See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 May 2020

With soaring numbers, we cannot forget that all neighbouring countries as can

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be seen in the graphs are having increasing numbers. The LAC map shows comparative numbers from May 4th & 11th and the other infographic how the last 6 countries (in terms of decreasing numbers of COVID-19) are comparing. The data is as compiled by IDB from multiple sources. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 May 2020

Data available for countries in the Mesoamerican region

Data is up until 9 May for all countries. Note that this is total cases/deaths, not cases or death per million population. For example, México has 272 per million cases, and 27 deaths per 1M population. Belize has about 45 known cases per 1M, and about 5 deaths per 1M. See Source on Facebook. Worldwide statistics can be found at Posted 10 May 2020 Worldometers.info.

Statement by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow

I want to give you an update on the state of play regarding our COVID-19 struggles. … Now, as you know, there is still no new confirmed COVID-19 case and Monday will be the 28th day, we will reach that 28th day marker, providing this position of no new positive holds through this weekend. If it does so, and we do reach that 28-day milestone, we can promise you a further relaxation of some of the remaining restrictions. See Source. Posted 8 May 2020

Update on Unemployment Relief Program

As of May 6th, the Economic Oversight Team (EOT) has approved a total of 40,453 applications for unemployment relief, all of which have been sent to the Social Security Board (SSB) for payment. SSB has processed 37,696 payments to approved applicants. Of this, 34,915 approved applicants have been successfully paid by direct deposit or top-up card. In addition, 15,438 of those persons, who received their first payment before April 18, 2020, have now received their second payment. SSB continues to process payments and all remaining approved applications are expected to be processed by the end of today. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 May 2020

Amendments to Emergency Powers, SI-67

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Statutory Instrument 67 prohibits day-care centres, child-care centres, nurseries and similar establishments or businesses. It also deletes a confusing prohibition on persons staying at a hotel swimming in their pool. Click on a small image, or see the Source. Posted 5 May 2020

Amendment to Emergency Powers, SI-66

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Statutory Instrument 66 amends SI-65 so that businesses not prohibited are allowed. Click on a small image, or see the Source. Posted 5 May 2020

Fisheries Department Office Operations and Services during COVID-19

May 5, 2020. In conformity with the national state of emergency and guided by Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2020 and Circular Memorandum No. 13 of 2020, the Fisheries Department will be implementing measures effective Wednesday, May 6, 2020. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 May 2020

Unemployment Relief Top-up Cards

May 5, 2020. Recipients of the Government of Belize COVID-19 unemployment relief, who are receiving payments by way of top-up cards, are advised to carefully protect their top-up cards and Personal Identification Numbers (PIN). See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 May 2020

COVID-19 Update, Other Countries

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On 4 May 2020 the Office of the Director of Health Services presented these graphs with official numbers from the IDB. It pointed out that we are going into our 4th week since the last case was diagnosed but we cannot lose sight of the fact that our neighboring countries are are having escalating numbers of cases and deaths. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Update on Daycare Closures

At 6:30pm on May 4, 2020, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation advised the public that under the current regulations, daycares are permitted to operate; however, an amendment will be made to the current statutory instrument to include daycares in the list of businesses prohibited from operating under the current state of emergency. Therefore, daycares will remain closed until further notice. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

CCC Folks, Feeling Stressed?

The Corozal Community College Couneslling Department is here to help students, guardians and staff with psychosocial support needed during this time. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Ministry of Natural Resources Re-Opening Protocols

The Ministry of Natural Resources informs the public that all offices countrywide are open between the hours of 9am to noon and 1pm to 3pm. To maintain the health and safety of customers and employees and to comply with the Government of Belize’s regulations, effective immediately, all persons conducting business at any office countrywide are required to wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose, practice good hand hygiene, and adhere to social distancing protocols. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Learning Packages Distribution Sites in the Corozal District

From the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, 4 May 2020, a list of distribution sites for learning packages. There appear to be at least one location for almost every school. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Belizeans in Europe requiring extensions of stay

Information for Belizean nationals requiring extensions of visas in Europe. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Update on Daycare Closures

On May 4th, 2020, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation advises the public that daycares will remain closed until further notice. While daycares are not permitted to operate, babysitters are allowed to work by going to a person’s home or caring for a child in their home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

How to Wear, Use, and Remove a Cloth/Home-made Face Mask

Instructions on wearing and using face masks for COVID-19, from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPA). See Source on Facebook. Posted 4 May 2020

Re-Opening of Elections and Boundaries Registration Offices

The Elections and Boundaries Department informs the public that all Registration Offices countrywide will be open to the public effective Monday, May 4, 2020, during the hours of 9am to 4pm. In an effort to ensure we continue to provide efficient services while protecting staff and the public, the cooperation of all is required. In the wake of COVID-19, services will be provided by adhering to the strict safety guidelines as mandated by the Government of Belize. Social distancing protocols will be strictly enforced in the provision of services. See Source on Facebook. Posted 3 May 2020

Bus Schedule Effective May 4, 2020

Click on the small image for a larger view of the schedule between Corozal and Belize City. Click on the Source on Facebook for a Posted 3 May 2020 link to an Excel spreadsheet with other bus schedules in Belize.

COVID-19 Update

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In the infographics attached, we have Belize’s data up until today compared to some Caribbean countries and the first graph indicates how Belize compares to New Zealand, Iceland, Hong Kong and Singapore in terms of their 'curves'. There is also a growth rate comparison with all other English speaking Caribbean countries. (first 3 graphs courtesy of UWI) The final graphs highlight the tests done per district and the distribution of tests for Belize by age groups. We remain at 18 confirmed cases with 3 pending recovery. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 May 2020

Update to Statutory Instrument No. 65 – Additional Businesses Allowed to Operate

Belmopan. April 30, 2020. Subsequent to the appearance of the Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte on the Government Press Office’s “Ask the Experts” webcast today, April 30th, consideration was given to certain businesses to operate under Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2020. Click on small image or see Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Apr 2020

Statutory Instrument 65 of 2020 (Emergency Powers)

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Effective May 1st, Statutory Instrument No. 65 of 2020, the Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations, 2020, will come into force. To view the document, click on the small images or see Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Apr 2020

Update on the Food Assistance Programme

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation hereby updates the public on the COVID-19 Food Assistance Programme. Approved households who have already received their first food basket will receive notifications by text or WhatsApp informing them of their continued eligibility and the information needed to collect their baskets. There is no need to reapply; however, bear in mind that approval for continuous assistance is not automatic. Only households that receive the notification should go back for their second baskets. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Apr 2020

Bleach and Disinfectant for Surfaces Only

FACT: Spraying or introducing bleach or another disinfectant into your body WILL NOT protect you against COVID-19 and can be dangerous. See Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Apr 2020

Market Day Rescheduled to Thursday 30 April in Lieu of Labour Day

The Corozal Town Council has rescheduled Friday’s Market Day to Thursday, 30 April 2020, from 6am. Only 5 people customers will be allowed to enter the building at a time, and must practice 6 feet social distancing. Click on the small image or see Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Apr 2020

British Nationals Flight Update

On Wednesday 6 May Westjet Airlines will operate a special flight WS3929 from Philip Goldson International Airport (Belize City) to Toronto-Pearson International Airport (Canada). Please note flights are on a first come first served basis and may be subject to change. See Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Apr 2020

Corozal District Health Services COVID-19 Health Line

Attention: if you have travel history to a high risk area with cases of COVID-19, and/or have SYMPTOMS such as cough, fever, or breathing difficulties, call one of these numbers (click on small image for a larger view). Or see Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Apr 2020

Belize Virtual Music Festival

The Belize Music Agency, the Office of the Music Ambassador, and Digi are partnering with other organizations to host the first Belize Virtual Music Festival. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Apr 2020

Temporary procedures for submission of teacher licensing applications

Please note that these adjusted guidelines are only applicable during this time of COVID-19, or as otherwise directed. They are in no way intended to substantively replace the normal policies on submission and processing of applications. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Apr 2020

Belizeans Staying in the US Due to COVID-19

Belizean nationals whose stay in the United States had to be extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the following site to access the necessary forms. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Apr 2020

Summary of Statutory Instrument No. 62 of 2020 which came into effect on April 26, 2020

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For the original PDF of SI-62, see this link. For the original of this Summary, see this link. Or see Source on Facebook. Posted 27 Apr 2020

CDC Adds 6 Symptoms To Its COVID-19 List

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has long said said that fever, cough and shortness of breath are indications that someone might have the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. It has now added six more conditions that may come with the disease: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. See Source. Posted 27 Apr 2020

Public Transportation Protocol for COVID-19

On April 26, 2020, the Department of Transport (DOT) gave a list of guidelines for public transportation. That includes avoiding rush hours if possible, washing or sanitizing hands before boarding the bus, wearing a face mask, etc. These rules also apply to water taxis. See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Apr 2020

Emergency Powers Regulations, SI-62

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Effective April 26th, Statutory Instrument No. 62 of 2020, the Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations, 2020, will come into force. To view it, you can click on any of the small images, or see Source on Facebook for a link to Posted 25 Apr 2020 the PDF.

Frequently Asked Questions II/Labour/COVID-19

The Ministry of Labour answers 15 frequently asked questions about labour and employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. See Source. Posted 24 Apr 2020

CARICOM approaching a combined total of 1000 confirmed COVID-19 cases

Caribbean Community Member States approaching a combined total of 1000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Recoveries are almost 250, while COVID-19 related deaths have been kept to just above 50. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

Belize’s data in reference to the region

As we move along with our data collection processes, we have completed a major exercise with significant support from SIB so that we will be projecting our data and potential scenarios. We are therefore presenting data as of earlier today and as mapped out by UWI with a comparison with countries having bigger epidemic numbers. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

False Calls to Applicants of the Food Assistance Program

As of April 24, 2020, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation has been reliably informed of instances where members of the public are being falsely called by persons claiming to represent the Ministry and informed that they have been approved for food assistance before directing them to a nearby store. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

Ministry of Health Requests Public Support

The Ministry of Health joins the call from the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development for the public to stop all open burning to avoid unnecessary ill effects on communities, especially for those suffering from lung disease or ongoing breathing problems. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

Watering Schedule for Corozal Town

This is the New Schedule for the watering of unpaved streets in the different areas of Corozal Town. The Corozal Town Council thanks you for your patience and support. We urge citizens to stay safe and continue adhering to the preventative measures set in place. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

British Army Training Support Unit Continues to Assist the Ministry of National Security during COVID-19 Pandemic

This support includes the provision of BATSUB’s barracks accommodation, laundry services, and exclusive access to their recreational area. Security forces personnel are also able to purchase groceries from the San Cas Store at Price Barracks. Additionally, a donation of 1,000 packs of 24-hour rations was handed over for distribution to the Belize Defence Force and the Belize Coast Guard. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Apr 2020

PM: Update to the Nation On the State of Emergency in force

Transcript of the April 23, 2020, update by Prime Minister Rt Hon Dean Barrow. The most severe restrictions from SI-55 will expire at the end of Saturday, April 25. The other restrictions that were to be in effect until April 30th will continue for two more months, after the National Assembly takes action on April 20th and 21st. A new SI will follow. For the complete transcript, see the Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Apr 2020

Free: Let’s Break the Chain of COVID-19 Infection

The Government of the United Arab Emirates is offering an online training course to teach key aspects of infection and immunity to empower you in your community-based advocacy on how to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. The course covers the chain of infection, how infectious diseases are transmitted and how to break the chain of infection through concrete preventive action. It is free of cost, 100% self-paced, estimated commitment 1 hour, and results in a certificate of completion from the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU). For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Apr 2020

Status Tool for COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Online Portal Under Repair

On April 22nd the Economic Oversight Team apologized for the errors in the online portal where applicants check their status for financial relief. Those who received a message that their application did not meet eligibility requirements may have been in error, and their applications are being reviewed. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Apr 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) & The Belizean Context

The severity with which COVID-19 affects any country depends on the socio-economic and health conditions of that country. The impact that this pandemic will have on Belize will be determined by these factors. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Apr 2020

Items included in the Food Assistance Program

The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation shows the items that should be included in each food basket (two-week supply of food) under the program. For details see Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Apr 2020

Need Food Assistance? Our numbers have changed

On April 22nd, the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation & Poverty Alleviation posted these phone numbers for anyone needing food assistance. Those already on BOOST, Food Pantry, or the Unemployment Relief Program ($150 from SSB) are NOT eligible to apply. See Source on Facebook. Posted 22 Apr 2020

Public Advisory from the Ministry of the Environment regarding Burning

With the high and unprecedented number of fires and persistent burning, the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development has enacted a set of new regulations cited as Environmental Protection (Prohibition of the Open-Burning of Refuse and Other Matter) Regulations via Statutory Instrument No. 59 of 2020 which comes into effect today, April 21, 2020. During the state of emergency, anyone engaging in open burning on any private or public land is liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment not exceeding two years. For details see Source on Facebook. Posted 21 Apr 2020

Reported Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance

This source has the running totals of COVID-19 statistics by country, including cases, deaths, and tests, by numbers and per million population. Belize is doing very well compared to the world averages. See Source. Posted 21 Apr 2020

Update on Unemployment Relief Program

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As of noon today, April 20, 2020, a total of 72,213 applications have been submitted since the Unemployment Relief Program was opened to accept applications on April 3, 2020. For details, click on a small image or see Source on Facebook. Posted 20 Apr 2020

COVID-19 Implications on Education and the Way Forward

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On 20 April, 2020, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture answered questions, including when schools may reopen, distance and home-based learning, and responsibilities for teachers, students, and parents. Click on a small image or see Source on Facebook. Posted 20 Apr 2020

Can COVID-19 be spread through coins and banknotes?

There is currently no evidence to confirm or disprove that coronavirus can be transmitted through coins or banknotes. Wash your hands, avoid touching eyes, mouth or nose until you do. See Source on Facebook. Posted 18 Apr 2020

BWS COVID-19 assistance to customers

BWS will give a 25% discount to many customers but still try to conserve water. Also, no disconnections for most customers for April and 2 months or less in arrears. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Apr 2020

Contact Information for Mental Health Services

Corozal: 422-3909/422-2072 ext. 241
Orange Walk: 670-9367/670-9375
Belize City: 223-0131/222-4920
See Source on Facebook. Posted 17 Apr 2020

Republic of China (Taiwan) Donates Face Masks to the Ministry of Health

In a brief ceremony today, April 16th, the Minister of Health Hon. Pablo Marin received, on behalf of the Government of Belize, 60,000 face masks from the Government of the Republic China (Taiwan) through its Ambassador to Belize H.E. Remus Li-Kou Chen. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Apr 2020

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow Updates the Nation on COVID-19 Response

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This is a transcript of the Prime Minister’s Address on April 16, 2020. Click on the small images for a view of the transcript or you can view the video by clicking on the Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Apr 2020

Update on Unemployment Relief Program

April 16, 2020, 1:30pm. As of noon today Thursday, April 16th, a total of 65,762 applications have been submitted online since the program was opened to accept applications on April 3, 2020.
Of these applications, 23,264, have been approved and sent to Social Security Board (SSB) during the period of April 9th to 15th for payment into applicants’ accounts. By the end of today, April 16th, all these approved payments will have been sent to the banks and credit unions for deposit. See Source on Facebook. Posted 16 Apr 2020

Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts

We are reposting 'What you need to know' during self isolation based on a request yesterday from the public sent during our 'Ask the Experts' session with Dr. Manzanero. Please follow our advice for self isolation or self quarantine for up to 21 days. Call us at 0-800-MOH-CARE for clarity on this and for any other COVID-19 or health related questions. Click on the small image or see Source on Facebook. Posted 15 Apr 2020

7,247 Unemployment Relief Payments Approved for Disbursement

As of 2pm April 14th, 62,706 applications have been received via the COVID-19 eServices Portal, in addition to a lesser amount received in hard copy, for the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Apr 2020

Stay at Home Nutrition

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Northern Regional Hospital: Staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for everyone, and the increased anxiety (and boredom) can cause people to abandon their healthy eating intentions and snack on whatever is around. But with a little thought and planning, you can continue to make good food choices and even boost your mood and immunity. Remember Safe Home, Eat healthy, Be Active. Click on small images or see Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Apr 2020

Government of Belize to Procure COVID-19 Test Kits from Cayman Islands

On April 14, 2020, 2:20pm the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) announces that, following a phone call between Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow and Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin of the Cayman Islands on Saturday, April 11, Belize can obtain from Cayman as many COVID-19 test kits as needed. See Source on Facebook. Posted 14 Apr 2020

Update on COVID-19 Cases

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize now stands at 18, with four new confirmed cases identified over the last 24 hours. One from San Ignacio and three from Belize City, all close contacts of previously confirmed cases. See Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Apr 2020

Market Day Tuesday Apr 14th instead of Monday Apr 13th

The Corozal Town Council wishes to inform the general public that Market Day will be rescheduled to Tuesday April 14th 2020 for this week because Monday the 13th is Easter Monday. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 13 Apr 2020

If you came in contact with a COVID patient

Isolate yourself immediately, separate yourself from family. Monitor yourself. Do not leave your home. Call 0-800-MOH-CARE. Click on the small image for symptoms and more information, or see Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Apr 2020

Fourteenth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed

April 12, 2020. 9:47am. A further 26 samples were tested for COVID-19 at the Central Medical Laboratory and one of those samples has yielded a positive result. This is the 14th confirmed case. The sample is that of a close contact of a previously identified case who started developing minor symptoms, which included runny nose, nasal congestion and a loss of sense of taste. The patient remains with minor symptoms and is in self-isolation at home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 12 Apr 2020

Emergency Repatriation Exercise

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April 10, 2020. 3:07pm. The Government of Belize in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy is organizing a repatriation exercise for persons who may have become displaced in Belize due to COVID-19. Special arrangements have been made for a flight to Houston on United Airlines at 12:00pm on Thursday, April 16, 2020. For details see Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Apr 2020

Statutory Instrument No. 54 of 2020, Emergency Powers Amendment

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Principal regulation amendments to emergency powers to cope with COVID-19 (countrywide). Click on any small image for a larger view or on the title for a link to the Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Apr 2020

Mapping Exercises Identify 3 New Cases of COVID-19, 2 in Corozal

April 11, 2020, 9:50am. The Ministry of Health continues its enhanced surveillance activities and mapping exercises as it aims to contain further cases of COVID-19. The initial mapping exercise in Belize City and the processing of further samples from the case in Corozal have identified three more cases of COVID-19. Two of the new cases are in Corozal and one is in Belize City; all these cases are close contacts of already identified cases. These cases were swabbed as part of the mapping exercises, and all were asymptomatic and are in self-isolation at home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Apr 2020

Corozal Community Hospital/Corozal Polyclinic II Reminder

The management of the Corozal Community Hospital is reminding the general public that due to the COVID 19 situation the Corozal Polyclinic and the Emergency Ward are only attending to patients with critical condition and flu like symptoms. These measures have been taken as we are trying to expose the least amount of persons. Any persons with flu like symptoms are advice to visit the respiratory clinic directly. Ambulance assistance are for Road Traffic Accidents(RTA) and emergency situations only. We plea to the general public to please adhere to these strict measure. Please continue practicing social distancing, hand hygiene and to stay home. See Source on Facebook. Posted 11 Apr 2020

Medical Focal Point Contacts

For the Corozal district, call 402-2141, 625-6667, or 660-1115. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Apr 2020

Prime Minister’s Address – April 10, 2020

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The Cayo quarantine will now apply countrywide. We will be strictly confined to procuring food and medicine, fuel, and finance. Allowed activities will be only during reduced hours. Click on the small images to read the press release, or see the Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Apr 2020

Belize Records Second Death of Person Infected with COVID-19

Belmopan. April 10, 2020. 11:45am. The Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health regret to inform of the death of the patient confirmed earlier as the 10th case of COVID-19. For details, click on the small image or the title above to read the whole text. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Apr 2020

Tenth Case of COVID-19 is Confirmed

Belmopan, April 10, 2020, 6:25am. The Ministry of Health has confirmed a 10th positive case for COVID-19 in Belize. The confirmation test came out positive late last night (April 9th). This was from a set of 30 samples tested, some of which were from frontline workers as part of routine surveillance. See Source on Facebook. Posted 10 Apr 2020 Note: Breaking Belize News is reporting on Good Friday that this patient has died at KHMH.

Taiwan contributes Bz$2 million to fight COVID-19 in Belize

Belize City. April 9, 2020. 5:30pm. The Republic of China (Taiwan) today, April 9th, added to its March 25th contribution an additional BZ$2 million to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Belize. This is for urgently needed additional personal protective equipment, medical equipment, testing kits, and laboratory supplies for frontline medical service providers countrywide. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Apr 2020

Summary of Effect of Statutory Instrument No. 52 of 2020 (amended)

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Belmopan, April 9th, 2020, 3:45pm, the GOB amended a summary of the Statutory Instrument 52, which pertains first to the Cayo District only, but also a review of the restrictions to other districts. This summary will be easier for many people to read. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Apr 2020

National Days of Prayer and Fasting for Belize

Friday, Apr 10th to Sunday Apr 12, 2020. See Source. Posted 9 Apr 2020

Update on the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program

Belmopan. April 9, 2020. 2:05 p.m. The Government of Belize launched the electronic services portal whereby applicants can apply to receive benefits of the UNemployment Relief Program by COVID-19. Starting at noon today, April 9, around 59 , 500 applications had been subjected online. Several physical applications have also been received that will be manually registered on the portal early next week as soon as appropriate protocols regarding time and sanitation can be implemented. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Apr 2020

Ninth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed

Belmopan. April 9, 2020. 10:45 a.m. The Ministry of Health ran a further 30 samples for COVID-19 on April 8 and has confirmed a ninth case. The patient is a female minor who is an immediate contact of a previously identified patient. See Source on Facebook. Posted 9 Apr 2020

Movement at Sea and Waterways

On April 8, 2020, the Ministry of National Security clarified the movement of persons traveling at sea, rivers, lagoons and waterways within the country of Belize. There are details relating to fishing, port operations and services, waste disposal, and vessels chartered to transport essential service workers. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Apr 2020

Statutory Instrument No. 52 of 2020, Emergency Powers

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A list of emergency powers specifically applying to the Cayo District for the next 14 days. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Apr 2020

Government Entities Closed

As of 8 April 2020, the public is hereby reminded that many Government entities are closed to the public. Click on the small image or the link below for a list. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Apr 2020

Eighth Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Corozal

April 8, 2020, 7:10am. The patient is a 50-year-old male who is currently in the isolation area of the Corozal Community Hospital. The patient was referred from the private sector and has been hospitalized since yesterday. A mapping exercise has started for this patient and further details will be provided later on in the day. See Source on Facebook. Posted 8 Apr 2020

Prime Minister Announces Lockdown of Cayo District and Additional Nationwide Measures

This evening, April 6th 2020, during a live address, the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow announced additional measures including a 14-day lockdown for the Cayo District. These measures will go into effect at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Additional measures are coming. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

WHO: Homecare for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

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Take care of yourself and your family. The following guidlines are to help prevent transmission of infections for households, caregivers and those suspected or confirmed to be ill with COVID-19. From the World Health Organization via the Corozal Chapter of the Belize Diabetes Association. Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

Market Day Rescheduled from Fri 10th Apr to Thu 9th Apr

The Corozal Town Council is rescheduling the Friday market because that is Good Friday. Also, due to COVID-19, the hours will begin at 8am, only 5 customers inside the building at a time, and at least 6 feet of social distancing. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

Protocols Following First COVID-19 Death

The Government of Belize has been made aware of the social media post by the wife of the late Mr. Hubert Pipersburgh in which she recounts her experience while seeking care for her husband. The nation is deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Pipersburgh, a beloved Belizean, both at home and abroad. The Government reiterates its deepest condolences to his wife, Ms. Maria Estella Recinos and their family as expressed last night by the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow. See Source on Facebook. See her Posted 6 Apr 2020 Facebook Post.

Two More Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed

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. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

Update on COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program

On Friday, April 3, 2020, the Government of Belize launched the COVID-19 e-Services Portal through which persons may apply to receive benefits from the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

Changes to Opening Hours Due to COVID-19

Changes to Opening hours effectively immediately, April 6, 2020. Notice that the Corozal office will be open 8am to 3pm, Mon-Fri. The image also includes contact numbers, email, and WhatsApp. See Source on Facebook. Posted 6 Apr 2020

Adjusted Customer Services

Belize Electricity Limited advises customers of our adjusted customer services, effective Monday, April 6, 2020. Notice that the Corozal Branch Office is closed. Contact numbers are included in the image. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Apr 2020

Government of Belize Extends Condolences to the Family of COVID-19 Patient

The Office of the Prime Minister and the Government of Belize extend their deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Mr. Hubert Pipersburgh who died in his battle against COVID-19. This is the first death associated with COVID-19. For details, see Source on Facebook. Also, see Posted 5 Apr 2020 this Facebook Post from the wife of Mr. Pipersburgh. Hopefully, authorities will respond.

Revised Bus Schedule Effective April 6, 2020

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Schedules for Corozal to Belize City, Benque Viejo to Belize City, and Punta Gorda to Belize City. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Apr 2020

All Borders Closed to the Entry of Belizean Nationals

Effective today, April 5th, all borders will also be closed to Belizean nationals seeking to enter the country. This decision was made by Government of Belize with unanimous support from the National Oversight Committee to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Apr 2020

Ministry of Health Confirms 5th Case of COVID-19, in Corozal

Today, 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. See Source on Facebook. Posted 5 Apr 2020

National Days of Prayer and Fasting

The Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow has approved three National Days of Prayer & Fasting, from Good Friday, April 10th to Easter Sunday, April 12th, 2020. Throughout the nation, the Council of Churches will celebrate the three days with combined times for prayer, repentance, worship, and celebration. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 4 Apr 2020

Ministry of Health Confirms Fourth Case of COVID-19

The enhanced surveillance system of the Ministry of Health has identified a fourth case of COVID-19 in a 55-year-old male who resides in San Ignacio. The patient tested positive in a confirmatory test ran earlier today, April 3rd, 2020, at 1:16 a.m. For more details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 3 Apr 2020

Hours and Minimal Services for Drivers and Vehicle Licenses

The CTC will be operating from 10am to 2pm, and only one person at a time will be allowed in the building. We encourage online payments for property taxes, trade licenses and other revenues. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Belize Constitution Emergency Powers Amendment

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This amends the Emergency Powers Regulations from April 1st 2020. It restricts movement across boundaries, clarifies some provisions of the Emergency Powers, and limits others. Click on any of the small images for a gallery, or view the Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Sanitation Workers and Household Garbage

The CTC will be providing essential services only. Which means our sanitation workers will be picking up household garbage. We can help in picking up bagged grass or leaves. However we discourage residents from accumulating piles as the Council is unable to deal with that at this given moment. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Suspension of All Lotteries including Games of Chance and Government Lotteries

The Ministry of Economic Development, Petroleum, Investment, Trade and Commerce, as the Ministry responsible for Lotteries, informs the public that due to the state of emergency in place in response to COVID-19, all lotteries, including games of chance and Government Lotteries (Boledo, Jackpot and Ordinary), are suspended until further notice. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Ministry of Health Tips If You Must Leave Home

This is a graphic showing suggestions if you have to leave home. Click on the small image for the full graphic. Or you can click on the title, which has the same graphic also in Spanish. See Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Corozal Town Council Closed

As of April 2nd 2020, the Corozal Town Council was officially closed down to comply with the State of Emergency. We will continue to provide garbage collection service as an essential service. For details, click on the small image above, or the title, or view the Source on Facebook. Posted 2 Apr 2020

Revenue Department Online Working Policy

The Corozal Town Council’s Revenue Department will no longer have their doors open to the public but will be available via online. Instructions are available, either click on the small image or the title above, or go to Corozal Town Council.

Public Transportation Bus Schedule for the Country of Belize effective 2nd April, 2020

Bus schedules for Belize, including six trips per day from Corozal to Belize City, and six trips per day from Belize City to Corozal. See Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Apr 2020

Immigration Status

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Immigration hereby notifies the public, and especially visitors holding temporary immigration status through visitors’ extensions and permits, that the issuance of extensions is suspended until further notice due to the current restrictions on movement as a result of COVID-19. Click on the small image or this link to the Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Apr 2020

The COVID-19 Unemployment Relief Program

Gives responsibilities for the Unemployment Relief Program, who can benefit from it, how long the relief payments will be made and how, when it starts, steps for filling an application, and more. See Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Apr 2020

Belize Constitution (Emergency Powers) Regulations

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This document, signed by Sir Colville N. Young, Governor General, on the 1st day of April, 2020, gave the Government of Belize many powers to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on any of the small images to view each page in a gallery, or go to the Source on Facebook. Posted 1 Apr 2020

Updates from PM Barrow’s Recorded Message

Click on the small image or the title above for a list of the updates from Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s recorded message. It includes the third confirmed case of COVID-19 in Belize, a State of Emergency for 30 days, nationwide curfew from 8pm to 5am, and other announcements. See Source on Facebook. Posted 30 Mar 2020

Amendment to Quarantine Order

The Government now finds it necessary to enforce additional quarantine measures and has amended the Quarantine Order to include that, effective immediately, any Belizean entering Belize from any country through any official port of entry or caught attempting to enter via any blind spot will be placed in a mandatory quarantine centre designated by the Quarantine Authority of Belize. Persons will be placed into quarantine at their own cost, which may be up to $110 per day for accommodation and three meals. See Source on Facebook. Posted 29 Mar 2020

OPM Warns to Disregard Unofficial Information

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) hereby informs the public that the notes being circulated via social media and other channels purportedly from the National Oversight Committee are not official. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Mar 2020

Shopping at Gabriel Hoare Market

Persons going to do their shopping at the Gabriel Hoare Market are asked to be responsible in keeping with the Social Distancing safety measures. We thank our stall owners and vendors for doing such a great job in complying with the safety regulations prescribed by the Ministry of Health. Only together we can combat the threat of the COVID-19. See Source on Facebook. Posted 28 Mar 2020

Corozal Farmer’s Market Preventative Measures

The Corozal Town Council has devised a plan to ensure the safety of everyone on the grounds. See Source on Facebook for details. Posted 28 Mar 2020

BURNING OF HOUSEHOLD AND YARD WASTE IS PROHIBITED

The DOE calls on all persons to discontinue this harmful practice of burning waste in and near communities, whether in towns, cities or villages, private or public properties, to maintain air quality for all residents, especially at this critical time. For full info, see Source on Facebook. Posted 27 Mar 2020

Government of Belize Enacts Quarantine Order for Entire Country

General quarantine, including limiting gatherings to 10 persons or less with at least 3 feet of distance between persons, social distancing, bus seating and sanitizing, closure of casinos, gambling establishments, spas, beauty salons, barber shops, gyms, sporting complexes, discotheques, bars, nite clubs, and restaurants and similar establishments (except take out). See Source on Facebook. Posted 26 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Measures Taken by the Department of Transport

Limited public transport services will allow seated passengers only, and seats and metal surfaces will be sanitized often. See Source on Facebook. Posted 25 Mar 2020

COVID-19 Mesoamérica Update

These are the numbers in the Mesoamerican region, Guatemala may be going into a complete lockdown for the next 15 days given their increasing numbers. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Mar 2020

CCH Important Notice to the Public

On 24 March the Corozal Community Hospital released this very tall image with important information for Corozaleños regarding their services during the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, Facebook scaled it so small it was very difficult to read. We transcribed it into text that is much easier to read. See Source on Facebook. There is also a link there to the original post if you want to Posted 24 Mar 2020 compare.

COVID-19 Measures taken by the Belize Postal Service

This post outlines postal services affected by COVID-19, including inland mail services, domestic mail service, foreign mail service, express mail service, and social distancing. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Mar 2020

Ministry Issues Warning Against the Use of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine

Several countries including Nigeria and the United States have reported chloroquine poisonings as a result of self-medication. Please be advised that both drugs have been linked to electrocardiogram changes which can be detrimental, especially in patients with pre-existing heart conditions. Side effects include liver injury and eye damage among others. See Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Mar 2020

Sailing for Cargo Vessels, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Cargo vessels are authorized to provide cargo service to the island. The prohibition has been lifted with conditions. For details, see Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Mar 2020

Temporary Suspension of Immigration Services

Suspended until further notice: Applications for: Belize passport (except if needed for emergency travel), Nationality, Permanent residence, Visas (except when needed to obtain extensions to maintain legal status in Belize). For details see Source on Facebook. Posted 24 Mar 2020

Notice to Maternal and Child health patients

This includes Prenatal and Postnatal services, Family planning services, Vaccines, Papsmears/VIA. Regular services will be discontinued at the Corozal MCH due to the current COVID-19 preventative measures. Patients will be visited at home or contacted via phone by the nurses. Pregnant women with appointments for gynaecologist will be seen on Thursdays unless informed that such services are no longer offered. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Mar 2020

Compliance with Social Distancing Directives

Restaurants, lounges, clubs, bars, markets, supermarkets and all other public spaces are limited to a maximum of 25 persons at any given time. This advisory will be updated as the situation evolves. See Corozal Town Council.

COVID-19 Liquor License Extension

The granting of "Extensions" for liquor establishments is suspended until further notice. This suspension is aimed at preventing mass gatherings and to minimize the spread of COVID-19. See Corozal Town Council.

State of Emergency Declared for Ambergris Caye

Residents of Ambergris Caye are being placed under mandatory quarantine. People will not be allowed to leave or return to the island over the next 72 hours. Leaving home is highly discouraged unless completely unavoidable. Unauthorized vessels will be banned from leaving or arriving to the island.
Additionally, with immediate effect, all bars, clubs, and casinos countrywide will be closed. Restaurants will be closed for dining-in effective Wednesday, March 25th at 11:59 p.m. Thereafter, only take-out services will be allowed. See Source on Facebook. Posted 23 Mar 2020

GOB Clarifies Municipal Curfew and Entry Ban

The public is advised that only the Government of Belize can restrict the movement of Belizeans within Belize. Unless such restriction is enacted by the Government, municipal bodies should refrain from doing so. Also note that it is not within the purview of any municipality to institute a mandatory curfew. This can only be done by the GOB. The Government does encourage social distancing and to stay home and avoid unnecessary social interactions. See {CztTC}.

Belize confirms first case of coronavirus, Cuban doctors arriving to help

Breaking Belize News reports on a press conference by PM Dean Barrow, saying that the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in San Pedro, a Belizean national returning home from L.A. on Thursday, and in self-isolation. Also, about 60 Cuban doctors will arrive starting next week to help.

Easter Bash Cancelled

The Easter Bash scheduled for Saturday 11th April and Sunday 12th April has been cancelled in keeping with the recommendations for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19. See Corozal Town Council.

Contact Numbers for COVID-19

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, contact your care provider immediately at 0-800-MOH-CARE. In Corozal you can also call 625-6667 or 660-1115.

No rapid test for COVID-19

At least one private entity is claiming to be conducting rapid testing for COVID-19. As of today, no such test has been validated for use with COVID-19. The MOH does not recommend them but will publish data when there are such resources. See Office of Director of Health Services.

GOB Clarifies Municipal Curfew and Entry Ban Notice

The public is advised that only the Government of Belize can restrict the movement of Belizeans within Belize. Unless such restriction is enacted by the Government, municipal bodies should refrain from doing so. Any entity found guilty of doing such will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law. Also note that it is not within the purview of any municipality to institute a mandatory curfew. This can only be done by the Government of Belize. See Government of Belize Press Office.

COVID-19 — Alert Regarding Border Closures

Generally, all borders are closed to travellers. Belizeans, diplomats residing in Belize, foreigners with legal residency in Belize are allowed to enter but may be subject to a 14-day quarantine to prevent possible transmission of COVID-19. No restrictions have been placed on incoming or outgoing cargo. See Government of Belize Press Office.

Barbados’ plan for COVID-19

You will note that despite not having a confirmed case, we have moved as a country to implement actions from stages 1-3 and this will be scaled up as we move along so please remain alert and attentive to any further information in this regard. For now, if you are ill, please stay at home. We encourage all to continue to practice safe hygienic practices to/from work, at work and at home. See Office of Director of Health Services.

Quarantine vs Isolation

Quarantine involves separating persons who may have been in contact with the virus. Persons in quarantine are well. They have no symptoms. Isolation involves separating those who are sick from persons who are not ill. Both measures are taken to protect the public and prevent the spread of COVID-19. See Ministry of Health Belize.

Social Distancing 101

Stay away from mass gatherings. Keep a distance of 6 feet or 2 meters — about one body length — away from other people. Avoid touching other people, and that includes handshakes. Social distancing slows down the spread of the coronavirus, which keeps our resources available to those in need. See Government of Belize Press Office.

American national tests positive for COVID-19 after departing Belize

The MOH was notified of an American national who was in Belize and tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S. after departing Belize one week ago. See Government of Belize Press Office.

Nutrition Tips for Adults

Adults: Drink more water, avoid sugary food and drinks. Wash hands before preparing food. Clean and sanitize food preparation areas and items. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating, if you are unable to wash, peel. Use natural seasonings and spices such as onion, garlic and ginger. See Ministry of Health Belize.

New measures announced to protect against COVID-19

Northern border will close for traveling at 11:59pm Saturday 21 March. Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport will be closed after last scheduled flight on Monday 23 March. Social gatherings limited to 25 people. For more details, see the post GOB Press Office

Ministry of Natural Resources reopening and online

The Ministry of Natural Resources offices nationwide will reopen Monday, March 23rd. Also, the Land Registry Department, the National Hydrological Service, and Mining Unit will be available online, and soon, the National Estate Section. The public can also utilize direct deposit payment. See Government of Belize Press Office.

Public Notice: Chinese Community

Effective Sunday 22 March the Chinese Community will close iron doors at 6pm but will still be selling up to 9pm. For details see Corozal Town Council.

Cargo ships continue as usual

The Belize Port Authority warns about a rumor that cargo ships will stop visiting Belize. There is no indication of any cancellation or suspension of such shipments. See Government of Belize Press Office.

COVID-19, What you need to know

Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts. For more, see Ministry of Health Belize.

Visiting Corozal Community Hospital

Notice for relatives/friends with a loved one admitted to CCH. Special conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more, see Corozal Community Hospital.

Corozal Town Council Safety Measures and Notices

This flyer outlines special procedures for your safety when visiting the Town Hall, instructions for online payments, and other useful information. For more Corozal Town Council.

Snopes debunks myths about detecting or avoiding COVID-19

Includes: keep your throat moist, sip water every 15 minutes, hold a deep breath, use homemade Tito’s Vodka hand sanitizer, breathe hot air from a hair dryer, gargle with salt water or vinegar, use garlic water.

The Best Ways to Kill Coronavirus In Your Home

A good list of general disinfecting guidelines and the best use of bleach, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and other chemicals for disinfecting.

 

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