Posted: Monday, July 13, 2020. 5:00 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Mayor of Orange Walk, Kevin Bernard, issued a statement today expressing concern about the danger the communities face as COVID-19 continues to ravage neighboring countries.
Bernard shares that the sudden surge in confirmed cases can be traced to persons entering the country.
Seven of those cases have been identified in the Orange Walk District, resulting in a state of emergency being declared for San Felipe and Blue Creek.
“We have all felt and are still feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19. We have seen large and small nations around the world ravaged by the pandemic, health systems in wealthy countries overwhelmed, mass graves. Belize cannot deal with a community outbreak of any significant size,” Bernard said.
Bernard urges everyone to protect themselves and their families.
The Mayor encourages everyone to practice social distancing, proper hygiene and remain vigilant at informal border entry points.
“I am aware of the traditional cross-border traffic which continues to this day, but these are not normal times. I am asking all residents of the town and rural communities to remain vigilant. Please report any person who is suspected of having crossed the border so that the Ministry of Health can take the necessary precautions to protect all of us,” Bernard added.
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