The latest numbers from the Office of the Director of Health Services report that 27 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified. With that, there are currently 1,528 confirmed cases in the country with 846 of those being active or 55.36% of the confirmed cases. The breakdown of the latest 27 show that thirteen were found in the Corozal District. Seven identified in the village of Patchakan, three in Concepcion, one in Xaibe, one in Santa Clara, and one in Progreso. In the Orange Walk District, which again recorded the highest number of confirmed cases in the country at 521, ten cases were identified. Three were identified in Orange Walk Town, three in August Pine Ridge, one in Carmelita, one in San Luis, one in San Pablo, and one in San Jose. The last four cases were identified in the Belize District, all in Belize City.
Behind the Orange Walk District in terms of confirmed cases is the mainland Belize District and Caye Caulker with 287 followed by San Pedro with 283. Not too far behind is the Cayo District with 212 then Corozal with 167. The lowest and second lowest numbers have been recorded in the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts with 49 and nine confirmed cases, respectively. These numbers continue on the same trend as previous weeks where border jumpers in hotspot areas, especially in the Orange Walk District, continue to pose a threat. Likewise, persons throughout the country who fail to abide by mask wearing, social distancing, and other regulations make it increasingly difficult to flatten the curve.
There is some hopeful news, on the other hand, as the number of recoveries continue to increase. Currently, there have been as many as 663 recoveries of the COVID-19 virus in the country. This represents 43.39% of the total number of positive cases thus far identified. The remaining numbers, nineteen cases or 1.24%, have resulted in COVID-19 related fatalities.
A resident of San Ignacio Town in Cayo, has been recorded as the 19th person to have passed due to COVID-19 related complications. He passed away at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) in Belize City on Thursday, September 10, 2020. He was in isolation at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a few days before he tested positive for the respiratory disease. Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, says that while Torres was related to someone who tested positive, he was also considered a suspect case after showing signs of respiratory illness.