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Ministry of Health gives COVID-19 update

Posted: Sunday, July 5, 2020. 2:37 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Today, the Ministry of Health (MOH) provided an update regarding the last 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize, explaining why the cases were considered ‘imported.’

The Office of the Director of Health Services (DHS) issued the update on its Facebook page, explaining that most of the cases were Belizeans returning home through the repatriation process.

The DHS also gave a breakdown for the cases which consisted of five cases from the USA, four cases from Mexico, two from Honduras and one from Guatemala.

“10 of the 12 cases are in Belizeans and only 2 from foreigners caught illegally in Belize (1 from Honduras and 1 from Guatemala),” the Ministry said. “7 out of 12 cases are part of the repatriation process and 5 have been in border jumpers (2 foreigners and 3 Belizeans).”

The MOH added that a community response to the pandemic is needed and that authorities must continue to remain vigilant with regard to illegal border crossings. The Ministry added that enhanced surveillance may be necessary in certain areas to properly safeguard the country from an outbreak.

 

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