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The next COVID-19 wave is here; Omicron BA.2 is the predominant COVID-19 variant

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Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2022. 9:01 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Ministry of Health and Wellness and Central Medical Laboratory has confirmed the detection of the Omicron BA.2 as the predominant variant of COVID-19 in Belize, and is responsible for the recent spike in cases.

The Ministry in a statement this morning said it had conducted in the Laboratory a recent genome-sequencing of positive COVID-19 swabs.

It is now confirmed that Belize is in another wave of COVID-19, the fifth since the start of the pandemic here in March of 2020, although officials have stated that since Belize has never gone a day without at least one case the wave is really continuous from March of 2020, with occasional lulls.

In any event, the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron presents with headache, sore throat, and fever; however, other symptoms like cough, difficulty breathing, body pain, and aches have also been reported.

The Ministry has now increased surveillance measures in businesses and other public places in order to identify and isolate positive cases early, it says. Persons who have been in close contact with a positive case or persons who have any flu-like symptoms should visit a health facility or testing site for swabbing.

While no mandatory regulations are on the table, the Ministry encourages and advises the public to follow these proven health measures: be vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible; mask up in indoor spaces and where adequate social distancing is not possible; social distance whenever possible; wash or sanitize hands often, and avoid large gatherings and crowds whenever possible.

As of Wednesday, Belize has more than 600 active cases of the virus and eight persons hospitalized, with the first death in months also being recorded.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness urges us to work together as a community to help control the spike and contain the spread and for the public to work together to sustain the health of the nation.

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