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Fifty-four people hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Belize, health system under strain

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2020. 6:17 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: There are 54 people hospitalized countrywide due to COVID-19, nine of them are in intensive care, according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW).

During a press briefing yesterday the MOHW updated the country on the national COVID-19 situation, explaining that things have become so dire, new interventions need to be put in place as a means of controlling the spread. The Ministry’s latest data showed that the total number of confirmed cases rose above 5,500. Notably, the Ministry’s data showed that 131 people have died from the virus thus far.

The MOHW also has another 1,739 suspected cases under investigation.

The rapid rise in the number of hospitalizations has caused members of the healthcare community to speak out, calling for Belizeans to take the pandemic more seriously. Internist Dr. Fernando Cuellar, speaking on the  Wake-Up Belize (WUB) Talk Show, said that the pandemic’s effects extended beyond political lines or the government, and is actually the direct responsibility of the people of Belize to address the spread of the virus.

Cuellar is quoted as saying, “We don’t see them yet being thrown across the street but if we continue like this, within a week or two you might indeed see people dying in their cars waiting and the waiting areas and so forth. We are there, so Belizean people please, this is for you, let’s do things differently.”  

Following the recent spike in cases, the MOHW implemented a number of interventions, more on them can be found here.

 

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