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BREAKING: 14 new cases of COVID-19 detected today; total cases now at 86

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Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2020. 10:00 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 14 new cases of COVID-19 was detected in Belize today. This is the second highest number of cases identified in Belize after yesterday’s record of 15. According to the Ministry, a total of 51 samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2.

The breakdown provided in a release from the Ministry a short while ago shows that:

– 10 of the cases are related to the case identified on Sunday in San Pedro (some close contacts are still pending to be processed)

– 1 case (in Belmopan) who was contact to the patient hospitalized at the Northern Regional Hospital

– 1 contact related to the case identified in San Pedro yesterday (this would be a second cluster as they are not related to the initial case from Sunday)

– 2 cases in San Pedro that don’t appear to be related to any of the above clusters but these are symptomatic patients that were picked up through the flu clinic routine and enhanced surveillance.

The Ministry notes that one (1) of the cases in San Pedro is a child and that some close contacts from the main cluster in San Pedro is still pending to be processed.

In addition, “the provisional report in San Pedro is also indicating that at least 20 (twenty) symptomatic cases were swabbed at the flu clinic in San Pedro (not necessarily linked to any of the above cases)”.

It is expected that more cases will be detected from the two (2) clusters in San Pedro.

The release, posted on Director of Health Services Facebook page, advises that “as we move along…we have to assume every person we meet is to be treated as potential case and for which we must take the necessary safety precautions”.

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