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‘Belize never saw the end of it’s first wave,’ says Dr. Russel Manzanero

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2022. 6:39 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: The first case of COVID-19 in Belize was reported on March 22, 2020. Since then, cases have ebbed and flowed, being considered waves that have hit the country. But today the Ministry of Health and Wellness says that Belize never really saw the end of its first wave.

Dr. Russel Manzanero, Epidemiologist with the MOHW, explained that Belize has only seen increases and decreases in the number of cases since the pandemic reached the country, but that declaring the end of a wave has specific criteria.

“To say that you’re over a wave, basically, is that you are reporting no cases. To get over a wave and you say that ‘Okay we’re finally over a wave,’ you would basically have zero cases for an X amount of time. We are not at that, we were never at that,” Manzanero said.

Since the pandemic began in Belize back in 2020, there have been 54,516 confirmed cases. A total of 48,206 people have managed to recover from infection, and 631 people have died due to complications relating to the virus.


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