Posted: Monday, June 15, 2020. 2:44 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero has made the point that there are a few questions to be answered following the detection of three new COVID-19 cases among returning Belizeans in the last week or so.
On social media yesterday morning Dr. Manzanero noted that “some are going ballistic with cases being detected.”
Case number 19 was a Belizean man returning on a cruise ship on which he worked; number 20 was a woman caught returning illegally over the southern border; and number 21 was another returning Belizean. Each case is asymptomatic and prospects are good for recovery. Their trace contacts are being mapped.
Nonetheless to those who are worried about resurgence, the DHS has a few questions.
When was the last time you washed your hands, or touched your face, or sanitized your mobile device or gone kitesurfing as a means of physical distancing.
The wider point, of course, is that the risk has not truly gone away. Indeed as stated by Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte las Friday, it is of even greater importance that people wear masks in public to avoid spreading droplets the carry these disease, practice social distancing of 3 to 6 feet apart publicly, limit gatherings and public appearances to emergencies and get tested if they have potential symptoms or come into contact with carriers and sufferers.
Most importantly, avoid spreading rumors and false news as it is against the law.
We are awaiting a response from Dr. Manzanero as to whether he will support permanent legislation to enforce COVID-19 and why he thinks people may be panicked or slacking off.
The state of emergency expires 30 June.
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