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Posted: Monday, August 3, 2020. 8:55 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: A total of 9 COVID-19 cases were detected in Belize over the weekend. A record 8 cases were confirmed on Saturday, August 1, 2020 and another positive case was detected on Sunday, August 2, 2020, taking Belize total COVID-19 cases to 57.

The Ministry’s release states that “Three cases are in the Central Health Region. Of these, two are from the repatriation flight from the United States and one is from the repatriation flight from Honduras”. The Ministry reports that these persons are asymptomatic and are in hotel quarantine.

The Ministry reports that 3 of these 9 cases are in Corozal Town. Two are asymptomatic and came in through the Mexican border as part of the repatriation process and are presently in hotel quarantine. According to the Ministry “the third case in Corozal is a female with respiratory symptoms and is currently hospitalized; this person has no travel history and to the best of her knowledge has not been in contact with any known COVID-19 case”. Contact tracing for this third case is ongoing, close contacts have been identified and samples were taken.

Two of the 9 cases are in Orange Walk Town. One of these persons entered the country illegally. This person is asymptomatic and is being held at a quarantine facility. The release states that “the second case has no travel history, nor does he recall having been in contact with any known COVID-19 case”. This second person in Orange Walk is hospitalized with symptoms. It is highly suspected that this second case in Orange Walk is linked to the trade of contraband goods from the Mexican side. Contact tracing for this case is ongoing.

On Sunday, August 2, 2020, a highly suspect sample was processed from Ambergris Caye and confirmed later that evening as positive. This case is a female who presented a fever and respiratory symptoms and is currently asymptomatic. This female has not reported any travel history and contact tracing for possible source of the infection is currently underway.

According to the Ministry of Health, 3 of the 9 cases reported over the weekend have been prioritized for in-depth investigations because the individuals have no travel history and cannot recall being in contact with persons outside of Belize.

A virtual press conference will be held tomorrow, August 4th, at 10:00 am to provide an update on all 9 COVID-19 cases. The virtual press conference will be streamed live via the Government of Belize Press Office Facebook page.


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