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Belize: Reopening of the PGIA and Schools Delayed

It was announced that due to a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in three districts, there will be a delay in the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA).

Prime Minister Rt. Dean Barrow said that although the airport will not reopen, the weekly repatriation flights for Belizean nationals abroad will continue, including the 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

Additionally, the Minister of Education Hon. Patrick Faber announced that the reopening the schools will also be delayed. He said the Ministry will continue to monitor the situation as it relates to COVID-19, and will make adjustments as deemed necessary. Any details regarding distance learning programs and other preparations for reopening will be made public as they become available.

Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero also announced that the preliminary results from tests conducted in San Pedro Town resulted in 14 new potential positive cases of COVID-19, but the Ministry is currently undergoing the confirmation process.

The opening of both the airport and schools will be announced at a later date.

COVID-19 Update from Office of Director of Health Services

“Fifty-one (51) samples were processed today for SARS-CoV2.

We have identified a further 14 cases today, this is the second highest number of cases after yesterday’s record of 15.

The breakdown is as follows:

– 10 of the cases are related to the case identified on Sunday in San Pedro (some close contacts are still pending to be processed)

– 1 case (in Belmopan) who was contact to the patient hospitalized at the Northern Regional Hospital

– 1 contact related to the case identified in San Pedro yesterday (this would be a second cluster as they are not related to the initial case from Sunday)

– 2 cases in San Pedro that don’t appear to be related to any of the above clusters but these are symptomatic patients that were picked up through the flu clinic routine and enhanced surveillance. One of these cases is a child.

The provisional report in San Pedro is also indicating that at least 20 (twenty) symptomatic cases were swabbed at the flu clinic in San Pedro (not necessarily linked to any of the above cases.

As we move along, we will have to reiterate that we have to assume every person we meet is to be treated as potential case and for which we must take the necessary safety precautions.

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