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COVID success or failure? – the PUP’s 100 day in office

michel chebat

Posted: Monday, February 22, 2021. 3:13 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The new Briceno administration took office on November 12, 2020 after a landslide victory in the last general election and has taken up the mandate of addressing the pandemic locally. The new government is yet to call a press conference to analyze its first 100 days in office but has seen moderate improvement in decreasing the local spread of COVID-19.

In March of 2020, schools in Belize were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and up to date, distance learning continues countrywide.

Belize has so far recorded 314 total deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Data from the Ministry of Health and Wellness show that the country has conducted 80,211 COVID-19 tests. Of those, 12,244 returned positive. The overall positivity rate is at 17%.

So far, 71, 748 people in Belize have been tested for COVID-19.

The country’s overall recovery rate is at 96% demonstrating that the majority of those infected recovered from the virus.

Statistics as of February 20 show that 181 cases remain active.

Overall, data shows that the number of cases has decreased and continues to decrease.

During the new administration’s first 100 days, only a few measures were relaxed and a curfew remains in place.

Perhaps, those measures, the growing responsibility, and awareness of all Belizeans have contributed to the decrease in COVID-19 cases.

In relation to the Ministry, its awareness campaign continues and it has embarked on a COVID-19 vaccine campaign.

A new Acting Director of Health Services, Dr. Melissa Diaz Musa was installed, a decision that was backed by the Belize Medical and Dental Association.

 

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