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Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 8:00 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The South-American nation Suriname discovered a positive COVID-19 test this week, ending a 44-day streak of newly recorded cases. Belize has similarly gone over a month without a new confirmed case but many, including Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero has warned a second and third wave are almost inevitable.

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Report, Suriname recorded one new case on Tuesday, May 19. The find could have serious implications for Suriname, which has managed to keep its total number of cases relatively low when compared to other countries (11 confirmed cases with 9 recoveries and one death).

Earlier in May, regional media reported that Suriname was COVID-19-free, following its first reported case in mid-March. Belizean health officials say that the update with Suriname leaves Belize as the only country on the American mainland without a newly reported case in over one day.

Authorities in Belize have also repeatedly stressed that the country may have survived the first wave, but a second and third wave of COVID-19 is possible. Health and government officials have urged the public to observe vigilance even though the country has now gone more than a month without a confirmed case and to adhere to State of Emergency regulations intended to prevent the spread of the virus.


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