BELIZE CITY. Thurs. July 15, 2021– This week, a group of anti-vaxxers hosted a press conference at which they expressed their absolute opposition to the newly enacted SI. 74 that requires frontline workers who have not been vaccinated by August 1 to get tested for COVID-19 every two weeks. The group, who call themselves the Belize Rights and Justice Movement, is contending that the new SI’s proviso to mandate testing is simply a backdoor to mandatory vaccinations.
This group entered the public domain just as the Ministry of Health and Wellness has been doubling down on its efforts to vaccinate the population. Vaccination for all groups has been opened for two weeks, and a total of 110,433 persons have received at least the first shot so far.
Also, this week the Health Ministry confirmed the presence of the Epsilon variant of the Covid-19 virus in Belize. This was found in the samples sent to Baylor College for gene sequencing. Unlike the Delta variant, which was suspected of being the variant detected in the samples, Epsilon is a variant of interest and not one of concern.
Today, a total of 31 new cases were identified from a batch of 1023 tests processed. One additional death was recorded, a man from the Stann Creek District. A total of 29 recoveries were recorded today and 7 persons were actively hospitalized, with two needing intensive care.
On July 14th , 26 cases were found from 992 tests that were processed. Approximately 35 recoveries were recorded and 8 persons were hospitalized, two of whom were placed in an ICU.
On July 13th, 26 new cases were identified from a batch of 1090 tests that were processed. Seven persons were hospitalized, 2 of whom needed intensive care, and 27 new recoveries were recorded.
Over the weekend, from July 10 -12, 43 new cases were identified from 2289 tests. One additional death was also recorded on that day — a woman from Orange Walk. Eighty-six recoveries were recorded by the MOHW.
And, on Friday, July 9, 42 cases were found from 1285 tests that were processed. Twenty-four recoveries were recorded and there were 12 hospitalizations, with two persons needing intensive care.
Globally, as of 6:00 pm CEST, 15 July 2021, there have been 188,128,952 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,059,339 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 15 July 2021, a total of 3,402,275,866 vaccine doses have been administered.