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COVID-19 update — 2,204 cases, total deaths: 30

A COViD-19 case was discovered at the Philip Goldson International Airport during screening

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 5, 2020– Late information tonight reveals that there have been 8 new cases, bringing the total to 2,204. Belize City recorded one case; Stann Creek, 4 cases and Punta Gorda 3. The deaths remain at 30.

Increased numbers of COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the start of October. According to data released on October 4, 65 new cases were discovered in a batch of 253 samples, and 32 recoveries were recorded as well.

The total confirmed cases stand at 2,204.

At this time, 788 cases are still active and 1,378 infected persons have recovered. With the 32 recoveries recorded on October 4, the percentage of active cases in the country is now 35.9%.

On October 4, 192 persons on international flights arrived at the Philip Goldson International Airport. Eighty-eight (88) of those persons arrived with a negative PCR test, and one person, of the total of 192, who arrived was discovered to be infected with COVID-19 during the airport screening.

A male person in his 50’s is the most recent person to pass away due to complications caused by COVID-19. He was admitted to the KHMH’s ICU with cardiac complications and was later diagnosed as positive for COVID-19. As a result of recent deaths, the fatality rate for COVID-19 in Belize is now 1.37%. Two patients are currently intubated at the KHMH, according to the Director of Health Services.

On October 3, the Office of the DHS reported that 51 new cases were found in 406 samples processed. Fifty-six patients recovered on that day and one death was recorded. It was reported on that day that a male person in his 70s, who was admitted to the Northern Regional Hospital, succumbed to COVID-19 complications. On that day, a total of 218 persons arrived at the PGIA.

On October 2, the death of a female person from Corozal was recorded. According to information from the DHS, she was rushed to the KHMH but died on arrival. She was tested and found to be positive for COVID-19 after a post-mortem exam.

On that day, 54 new cases were found from 179 samples processed. Eighteen cases were recorded as recovered. Two flights arrived in the country on that day; and the DHS commended all the efforts from the health team stationed at the airport. A total of 220 persons who were screened on that day all had a negative PCR or rapid test result.

On October 1, a total of 180 samples were processed and 34 cases were found. The infographic showed a total of 26 recovered cases on October 1. A majority of the new cases that are being found continue to be clustered in the northern districts.

Information to the media is that five prison guards have tested positive, with four of them appearing to be asymptomatic. The results of one more test are being awaited, and additional information will be released shortly.

The Office of the DHS also reminds citizens returning home to adhere to the 10-day quarantine regulation to avoid further spread of the virus. “We are hereby reminding all those returning to their families, home or workplace, that it is anticipated that all will be doing self-quarantine for a minimum of 10 days, notwithstanding a negative result; this is the broad recommendation to minimize further exposure,” the office of the DHS said.

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