BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 6, 2021– Last week the Epidemiological Unit inside the Ministry of Health and Wellness identified two new COVID-19 cases at the Belize Central Prison.
The new cases were identified on Wednesday, April 28, as a part of the mapping exercise conducted on that day.
In early December 2020, the prison succeeded in containing an outbreak that started in October of that year. Since then, no new infections had been reported within the facility until the recent discovery last week.
CEO Murillo, in an interview with Amandala earlier this year, said that those who are currently behind bars would more than likely contract the virus from an infected person who visits the facility. Despite the establishment of layers of preventative measures by the prison’s management, it seems that the virus slipped through the cracks.
In the last instance, when there were almost 100 active cases in the prison, the facility was subject to a strict lockdown to reduce the spread of infection. Due to the discovery of the new cases, restrictions on movement will likely be put in place to prevent further spread of the virus.