It has now been approximately thirty-eight days since we have last had a positive case of COVID-19 in Belize. It is still not yet time, however, for rejoicing since government and health officials alike have warned of possible second and third wave. There are still some stringent regulations under the nationwide State of Emergency (SOE) including an 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew and the mandatory wearing of masks once in public. Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, says that the Ministry of Health (MOH) is keeping a close eye on our border countries, which have seen a spike in the number of cases.
In Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, there have been thousands of positive cases and deaths reported. While efforts from the Government of Belize (GOB) and MOH have managed to keep our numbers at eighteen positive cases and two deaths so far, it will require that we continue to exercise caution and maintain the regulations, which keep our borders closed.
Although it has been quite some time since our last positive case, the MOH continues to carry our random tests and sampling. There remain a handful of persons who are under investigation. This includes persons who are randomly sampled, persons caught illegally crossing our borders, and persons who might show any influenza-like illnesses.