BELIZE CITY, Tues. Nov. 17, 2020– Over this past weekend, 15 new COVID-19-related deaths were confirmed, a new record for Belize. Over the deadly weekend, a high number of new cases were also confirmed.
The Ministry of Health and the Office of the Director of Health Services (DHS) are urging all citizens to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols in place.
On November 13, the highest number of deaths was recorded in a single day — 10 in total.
On November 13, eight males and two females died as a result of COVID-19. Four of those male persons are from the Corozal District. One of those persons was in his 90’s, another was in his 80’s, and the third was in his 50’s. Details on the fourth death were not released.
Three persons from Orange Walk died as well: 2 men and 1 woman. The female was in her 40’s, and both male persons were in their 60’s.
Also, two persons from Cayo died — one man in his 90’s and one woman in her 50’s.
Reports are that three persons died in the KHMH’s COVID-19 unit, and the others died in community and regional hospitals across the country.
Three new deaths were also recorded on November 14 — two men from Orange Walk (one in his 40’s and the other in his 60’s) and 1 man from Belize City, in his 70’s.
On November 15, 2 deaths were recorded as well. One of the two was a woman in her 90’s who died at the Western Regional Hospital, and the other was a man in his 70’s who died at the San Ignacio Community Hospital.
On November 16, 4 deaths were announced — 3 men and 1 woman. Two of the men are from the Toledo District, and the other is from the Orange Walk District. The female who died is from Corozal.
Our case fatality rate currently stands at 1.93%, with 44.7% of cases still active.
A male employee from Belize Water Services (BWS) has been identified as one of those persons who died over the weekend. According to the company, a cluster of cases is currently being managed and infected employees are at home in quarantine; 5 active cases are currently confirmed. The company joins the family of the deceased BWS employee in mourning the loss of their staff member.
The Office of the Director of Health Services provided a breakdown of the number of deaths in each district on November 16. Currently, 43 deaths have been recorded in Orange Walk, which is the epicenter of the cases in our nation.
In both the Corozal and Belize Districts, 16 deaths were recorded. In Cayo, 13 persons have died to date. Single digits are recorded for the remaining districts, with Toledo recording 3 deaths and Stann Creek 1.
In San Pedro, 2 deaths were also recorded.
On November 12, a total of 76 new cases were found from a batch of 258 samples. A total of 28 recoveries were recorded.
In Corozal, 19 new cases were confirmed, while Orange walk recorded 9 new cases.
In the Belize District, 18 new cases were identified and 28 were found in the Stann Creek District. The Toledo District recorded 2 new cases on that day.
A total of 119 new cases were found on November 13 after 385 samples were processed. This was also the day that 10 deaths and a total of 26 recoveries were recorded.
On that day, in the Belize District, 50 new cases were found. Orange Walk identified 26, and Corozal 18. Stann Creek had 7 new cases; Cayo recorded 4 and Toledo 14.
Testing on November 14 revealed 68 new positive cases.
In the Stann Creek District, on that day, 21 new cases were found: 17 were found in Orange Walk and 15 in the Belize District.
In Corozal, 8 cases were identified, and Cayo had 7 new cases. 25 recoveries were also recorded.
Of the 78 new cases found on November 15 in the batch of 256 samples, 23 were found in Orange Walk. In Corozal 22 were recorded and Belize had 20 new cases. Cayo had 8, Stann Creek recorded 4 and 1 new case was found in Toledo. A total of 35 recoveries were recorded.
Finally, according to recent data released on November 16, 22 new cases were found in a batch of 69 samples on that day. In Belize, 7 new cases were found; 8 were found in Cayo and 5 in Corozal.
Orange Walk and Stann Creek had 1 new case each. Also, 10 recoveries were recorded.
As of November 16, 2020, a total of 4,883 confirmed cases have been recorded; of that number, 2,181 remain active, and there have been 2,608 recoveries.
A total of 94 COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded to date. The Office of the Director of Health Services and Ministry of Health continue to urge all citizens to practice all prevention protocols put in place by the Government of Belize. It is the only way to stop the virus from spreading.