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Covid-19 update

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Aug. 26, 2021– The Government of Belize at this time is calling for young professionals to volunteer to help in the countrywide vaccination campaign. At this time there is a shortage of healthcare staff across the country, which is limiting the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ efforts to reach herd immunity by the end of this year.

At this time, students and persons between the ages of 12 and 17 years old are being called to start their inoculation process with the Pfizer vaccine, recently donated to the country by the United States and approved for that age group.

There was additional good news on the vaccine front, since yet another shipment of Covid-19 vaccines arrived within the country today — this time approximately 135,000 Johnson and Johnson single-jab doses.

These were donated through the cooperation of UNICEF and the African Union to Belize and are expected to be rolled out within the coming days.

This week the Western Regional Hospital informed the public that it has discontinued Covid-19 testing for travel and employment purposes.

Today, of the 1,785 tests processed, 100 new cases of Covid-19 were identified. A total of 78 recoveries were marked, and 12 hospitalizations were recorded, with three of the hospitalized persons being in need of intensive care. No new death was recorded today, fortunately.

At this time, a total of 991 actives cases of the virus are within the country.

Data from August 25 released by the team from the Ministry of Health and Wellness shows a total of 110 new cases being found after 1,743 tests were processed. A total of 92 recoveries were recorded, and 3 persons of the 14 persons who were hospitalized were admitted to an ICU.

On that day (August 25), one death was recorded: a woman from the Orange Walk District.
On the previous day, Tuesday, August 24, the processing of 1,887 tests resulted in the identification of 127 new Covid-19 cases. The Health Ministry recorded 13 hospitalizations, 3 persons in ICU’s and two deaths on that day — one man and a woman from the Cayo and Orange Walk districts respectively.

The three-day report for the period from August 21 to 23 showed 141 new cases being discovered after the processing of 3,366 tests over that period. A total of 113 recoveries and two deaths were recorded. Both are female persons from the Belize District. A total of 15 hospitalizations were recorded during that time, with three of the hospitalized persons having to be placed in an ICU.

On Friday, August 20, 81 new cases were found from the batch of 1,598 tests that were processed by the Ministry. A total of 56 recoveries were marked and 17 hospitalizations were noted. Four of those persons needed intensive care.

On that day, one new death was recorded: a woman from the Stann Creek District.

Globally, as of 5:51 p.m. CEST, 26th August 2021, there have been 213,752,662 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 4,459,381 deaths, reported to WHO. As of 25th August 2021, a total of 4,953,887,422 vaccine doses have been administered.

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