BELIZE CITY, Thurs. May 6, 2021– The Ministry of Health and Wellness is calling citizens to get immunized before the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines expires.
According to Ministry officials, on May 30, any vaccine that has not been administered will expire and will thus be useless.
Fortunately, on the day of the expiration of those vaccines, a second set of vaccines from the COVAX facility is scheduled to arrive within the country. This will keep our immunization program in motion as more persons are being encouraged to get their jab.
On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, a total of 1,519 persons were vaccinated, bringing our total number of vaccinated persons to 46,067.
On May 6, 3 new cases of Covid-19 were identified from a batch of 492 tests processed. Of that number, 12 recoveries were noted and no new deaths were recorded. Three persons were hospitalized, none of whom needed intensive care.
On the previous day, May 5, 5 new cases of the virus were found. A total of 418 tests were processed and 7 recoveries were logged. Three hospitalizations were again recorded.
On May 4, 1 new case was identified from a batch of 477 tests done. A total of 15 cases were marked as recovered, and no new deaths were identified.
Over the first weekend for the month of May, from the 1st to the 3rd, a total of 6 new cases were identified from a batch of 1,349 tests. Twenty-one recoveries were noted and three active hospitalizations were logged.
On Friday, April 30, the Ministry found a total of 22 new cases; that number of cases has not been recorded within one day for weeks. The new cases were found in a batch of 591 tests processed on that day. Ten recoveries and two active hospitalizations were also recorded. No new deaths were registered.
At this time, a total of 75 actives cases of the virus are in the country. Since the start of the pandemic in Belize, 12,682 persons have fallen ill, and a total of 12,273 have recovered. A total of 323 fatalities have been recorded.
In Latin America, PAHO is warning that the number of Covid-19 deaths in young persons is increasing. Recently, Brazil recorded a high number of infant deaths related to the virus.
In India, one of the countries being wrecked by the virus, scientists are warning that the country may inevitably face further waves. This comes amid a dire shortage of life-saving oxygen and an overwhelmed healthcare system.
According to the World Health Organization, globally, as of 6th May 2021, there have been 154,815,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 3,236,104 deaths. As of 5th May 2021, a total of 1,170,942,729 vaccine doses have been administered worldwide.