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Central America COVID-19 toll reinforces Belize’s caution

Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2020. 4:47 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The statistics suggest Belize should have a much higher toll of COVID-19 compared to its regional partners, yet our caseload stays at 37.

As we showed with the Caribbean on Monday, that total is fourth from bottom among countries with active cases. It is also bottom of Central America’s entire tally by country through Monday.

Mexico is approaching 300 thousand cases; Colombia, 150,000; the Dominican Republic and Panama, 50,000 each; and Guatemala, 30,000. Nearly 44,000 have died in the region but more than half – 302 thousand of 605 thousand infected, have recovered.

The Director for Health Services advises, “Neighbouring Othon P. Blanco (Chetumal) has a total of 916 active cases and a total of 51 deaths up until midday today (Monday). Our enhanced surveillance continues, particularly in the communities up north.”

And with lockdown returning to Blue Creek and San Felipe villages in Orange Walk where at least seven have been infected after crossing the border, authorities have doubled down on preventing such cross-border activity. For the foreseeable future, the Mexican and Guatemalan frontiers have been locked to all but cargo and recommended emergency travel.


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