DHS updates on COVID-19

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On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero, once again appeared on ‘Ask the Experts’ during which he gave an update on the Covid-19 situation in Belize.
Speaking about the prison, he explained that after a team of health officials were dispatched there, a total of six prison officers and three inmates were found to be positive for the virus. According to Dr. Manzanero, an additional ninety persons are to be screened in the days to come.
Aside from the situation at the prison, Dr. Manzanero also commented on the alarming numbers being reported, especially in the Orange Walk District. For quite some time now, that district has been responsible for the largest number of positive patients, and Dr. Manzanero explained that people who test positive for COVID-19 do not believe their results and contribute to the increasing spread.
He also gave an update on frontline workers and stated that as many as 27 Belize Defence Force soldiers have tested positive in Orange Walk. Fourteen police officers have tested positive, with an additional three as recently as Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Another four healthcare workers have likewise tested positive.
Dr. Manzanero shared even more ominous news saying that a number of COVID-19 related deaths are due to people refusing treatment. He enumerated that he personally knows of persons who have died as a result of refusing treatment. Two of them refusing to be referred to the KHMH. An additional two persons simply asked to be discharged. One person in Cayo who refused medical treatment altogether and another refused treatment and was not treated until he was “gasping for air” leading for him to be intubated only to die two weeks later.
The Ministry of Health reminds the public to practice good hygiene and to maintain social distancing and other regulations.