November marked the toughest month in Belize in the fight against COVID-19. During the month Belize experienced 2397 new cases and a staggering 89 deaths. A majority of these deaths are elderly citizens and those with underlying/preexisting conditions. A total of of 339 PCR tests were done yesterday, Monday, November 30, 2020, with 111 samples positive for SARS CoV2. There were 20 recovered cases and one death to report; this is a female in her 80’s from the Corozal District.
The COVID-19 numbers will continue to rise, as the new government is pushing for more testing to be carried out. At the moment, there are low numbers of new cases in Ambergris Caye, because people are not reporting sick and testing is at a minimum on the island. Currently there are about 40 active cases on the island and only two deaths since the start of the pandemic in the country.
At the end of November, Belize had 5854 confirmed cases, 2555 active cases and 148 deaths recorded. The majority of cases are being reported in the Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize and Cayo Districts. November showed an average of 80 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths per day. The highest deaths per day reported were 10.
Hospitals in Belize City and around the country are already overwhelmed with the number of cases per day and doctors have warned that if this rate of infection continues, Belize will see COVID-19 patients dying outside in the hospitals’ parking lots and at homes. The country simply does not have the capacity to handle such large numbers of cases.
The country is currently under a 21-day curfew (10p.m. - 5a.m) that commenced on Saturday, November 28, 2020, as a COVID-19 containment measure and bars, gyms and casinos remain closed. Restrictions of gatherings remain at 10 people at general public places, including the immediate household; social distancing and wearing of masks are mandatory.