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Posted: Monday, August 3, 2020. 1:48 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, confirmed that a police officer from Corozal is Belize’s first front-line person to positive for COVID-19.

The officer is hospitalized, and others who came into contact with the officer have been placed in quarantine pending testing.

The officer is the first front line worker to test positive for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic in Belize.

Front-line workers have generally been taking precautions to avoid contracting the virus. Previously, medical personnel from the San Ignacio hospital as well as from the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) were placed on quarantine and tested after having been exposed to COVID-19 patients.

Other front line workers, particularly customs, immigration and police officers, run the risk of being exposed especially when carrying out their duties and arresting border jumpers.

Government officials have continuously warned Belizeans and others to avoid ‘border jumping’ and contraband trading as these activity exposes Belize to the further entry COVID-19 from Mexico and Guatemala. The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams has also indicated that the police will step up patrols, particularly in the villages along the Rio Hondo river that borders Belize and Mexico.

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