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Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2020. 7:34 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize informed the nation today via a press release that 7,418 applications of the COVID-19 unemployment relief funds have been approved.

6,621 payments have been processed by the National Bank.

 The Government noted that the Central Bank closed the automatic payment system on September 2nd as a part of the emergency preparation for Tropical Storm Nana.  As soon as the system is re-opened payments will resume.

“Payments are normally credited to applicants’ bank accounts on the same day the payment instructions are sent to National Bank.  In the case of credit unions, payments are sent to the credit union on the same day, but it may take a few working days for the credit unions to manually post the deposit to their members’ accounts,” the statement explained.

 In the case of TopUp prepaid cards, it can take three to four working days to prepare the Top UP cards and then to credit the payments to the card. There is an additional three to four working days for the card to be ready for delivery at the location nearest to the applicant.

Delivery of TopUp cards will be done through the Labour Department offices across the country. 

The Government also shared that at the commencement of the process for phase 2, only 1,489 applications were approved and 5,929 applications were approved in the second week.

Approvals are expected to accelerate over the days ahead. 

Those wishing to check on the status of their applications are encouraged to do so at https://payment.covid19.gov.bz/paymentstatus.  

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