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Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2022. 1:39 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Belize has recorded more than 56 thousand cases of COVID-19 dating back to March 23, 2020, of whom 645 have died as of Monday and 95 percent recovered.

Nearly 500,000 persons, Belizeans, and visitors alike have been tested – some more than once – for the virus, and hundreds have been hospitalized.

But according to the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ figures, the fatality rate has been steadily reduced since the start of the pandemic despite individual spikes and a steady rise in cases.

The first “wave” of the pandemic is considered to have lasted from March 23 to August 31, 2020, in which approximately a few hundred cases were reported and a handful of deaths.

The deadliest of the four “waves” of COVID thus far was the second, which lasted from September 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. 11 thousand cases and 290 deaths were reported for a fatality rate of 2.63 percent.

There was a lull between February 1 and August 31, 2021 which still saw cases being reported but few if any fatalities. It coincided with the arrival of vaccines in country in March.

The third or “Delta” wave is considered to have begun on September 1, 2021 and ended on December 31, overlapping the start of the fourth or “Omicron” wave. In the third wave, some 16,300 cases and 240 deaths were reported, the fatality rate being 1.47 percent.

While the current wave had more cases than any other at 23,200 up to February 18, just 39 persons had died for a fatality rate of 0.17 percent.

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