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100 people arrested in the last 24 hours for  State of Emergency offenses

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Posted: Monday, April 6, 2020. 10:22 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The latest arrest figures released from the Belize Police Department show that 100 people were arrested within the past 24 hours for State of Emergency offenses.

Commissioner of Police Chester Williams provided the update this morning, showing that 65 people were arrested for “Unable to provide reasons for movement outside of curfew period,” 30 people were arrested for “Breach of curfew,” four people were arrested for “Failure to practice social distancing,” and one person was arrested for “Kept business open when required to be closed.”

The total number of arrests for the entire emergency lockdown stands at 398 as of this morning. Williams said that he will be making a recommendation to the Prime Minister that violators be given prison time instead of a fine because the high number of arrests indicate that the public is not taking the situation seriously.

The 30 curfew violations were done at a time when the nation had already been informed that COVID-19 claimed its first Belizean life, highlighting a disconnect between the severity of the situation and the perception of the violators.

Breaking Belize News (BBN) reminds Belizeans that the State of Emergency measures are put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19, which has killed over 70,000 people worldwide. The management and staff of BBN appeal to the public to stay safe and comply with the emergency measures, which are in place to protect all Belizeans.

 

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