Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020. 3:03 pm CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim lives around the world.
As medical professionals grapple to deal with the current pandemic, families are mourning the loss of their loved ones to the deadly virus.
Around the globe, 820,057 people have lost their lives to COVID-19.
In Belize, families are grieving the loss of their loved ones.
The confirmed cases continue to rise and the country has now registered 713 cases.
The virus has claimed 10 victims in Belize so far.
Tely Cruz, sister of deceased Natalio Wicab passed away last night after suffering from breathing complications. Though the Ministry of Health is yet to make a determination on the cause of death. It is highly suspected that she may have contracted COVID-19.
Information of the ten victims was obtained from the Ministry of Health and local media:
Hubert Pipersburgh 56 years old Male
Conrad Everett 65 years old Male
Luis Romero 52 years old Male
Carlos Peralta 63 years old Male
Iris Barillas 72 years old
The name of the sixth victim was not released. The female patient died from liver complications but was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Natalio Wicab 63 years old Male
The name of the eighth victim was not released. The patient was a 65-year-old male.
Marcelo Alcoser 50 years old Male
Verna Gladden 30 years old Female
Of the 10 victims that passed away, 7 are males and 3 are females.
Last week, the Ministry of Health issued a breakdown of COVID-19 cases by age groups in Belize.
According to the data, the bulk of infected patients are between the ages of 20 to 34 years.
The numbers combined from patients 20- 24, 25 to 29 and 30 to 34 years old is 216.
The Ministry of Health noted that morbidity and mortality is more than likely to be in the older age groups or those with chronic conditions such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
The Center for Disease Control notes that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.
The Office of Director of Health services urges everyone to continue to exercise personal prevention measures.
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