Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2021. 10:15 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Prime Minister John Briceño revealed that there has been an average of just thirty new COVID-19 cases over the last ten days in his New Year’s Address, written before the heavy post-Christmas wave reported on Tuesday and Wednesday.
In the last year, just about the entire estimated population has been tested (some more than others), and more than 30 thousand of 32 thousand infected Belizeans have recovered.
And girded by the belief that “every single Belizean life is worth fighting for,” he gave thanks and credit for all success in lives saved and spared to “our nurses, doctors, caregivers and other frontline workers who have braved sickness and death to save lives and flatten the COVID-19 curve. On behalf of all Belizeans, I say to our doctors, nurses, and those on the front lines of this fight, thank you. We honor your selfless labour.”
Juxtaposed with that are the 592 (as of his writing, now 597) Belizeans to die from COVID-19, whose passing the Prime Minister lamented.
Nonetheless, the Government has been “relentless” in throwing every expense and idea at fighting the pandemic, including states of emergencies to rolling curfews to the fifteen million dollars in additional spending by the Ministry of Health and Wellness, not to mention the rolling out of vaccination countrywide.
As the new variant Omicron threatens, he reminded, “the risk of a more contagious variant, compels us to take our vaccine and booster shots, to physical distance, wear masks and to always practice proper hygiene. As we say, watch your distance, wear your mask and wash your hands regularly.”
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