Posted: Sunday, August 30, 2020. 11:22 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: The rate of recovery from COVID-19 will become a figure closely viewed in the coming weeks as the number of active cases, 836 as of Sunday, plateaus.
At Friday’s press conference, Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero, noted that previously, a person was deemed recovered after two negative tests fourteen days apart; now, only one such test is required. This was based, Manzanero said, on the evolving science behind the virus.
Based on the new classification of recovered patients, 39 additional cases were classified as recovered on Friday, and 22 more on Saturday in Belize. A total of 115 persons (or 11.9%) are reported as recovered countrywide since the start of the pandemic here and this figure is expected to increase exponentially as the large number of newly identified positive cases go through the infection cycle. Worldwide the recovery rate is at 69.7% (or 17.6 million people) and the death rate at 3.36% (or just over 848,500 people).
Thirteen persons have died from the virus countrywide since the first case reported on March 23: five (5) females and eight (8) males. By age group, two (2) deaths occurred in the age range of 25 to 34; five (5) were in their fifties and five (5) aged between 60 to 64 years old; the other is over 65.
In the world, Belize is presently ranked 163rd for total cases but by the rate of per 100,000 Belize is 96th and 99th in terms of death rates per 100,000.
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