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Only a handful of COVID-19 cases on Ambergris Caye; numbers dropping countrywide


It has been close to a year when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed on Ambergris Caye. At times, the island was one of the deadly virus’s epicentre with hundreds of positive cases triggering two lockdowns. The current situation with the disease is different, and according to reliable reports from medical personnel on the island, San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye is down to five active cases of COVID-19. The number of positive cases across the country has significantly decreased, with only 154 active infections as of Monday, February 22nd.
Over the past few days, the Ministry of Health and Wellness has reported no cases on Ambergris Caye, with the number of recoveries increasing. Health authorities advise islanders to continue complying with the safety mandates such as wearing masks, proper handwashing, and practicing social distancing. The total of confirmed cases on the island since the pandemic started now totals 553. A handful of deaths were registered, but the situation has not been out of control.
The local health department and the medical staff from the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II have conducted random testing on members of the hospitality industry, first responders, and even at construction sites. The testing at construction sites had priority as many of the labour force commutes between the island and the mainland. Rapid testing is available at private and public facilities on Ambergris Caye. The government facility in Mar de Tumbo, south of downtown, tends to COVID-19 suspected cases and opens from 8AM to 4PM. For any emergency or information, please call 672-0911.
COVID-19 has hit the American continent hard, killing hundreds of thousands of people. The country affected the most has been the United States of America. On Monday, February 22nd, American President Joe Biden announced the heart-breaking milestone of over 500,000 COVID-19 related deaths in that country since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, in Belize, the death toll stands at 314, with most deaths being men. The fatality rate now stands at 2.56%

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