There is a most worrisome report coming out of the region tonight. Heads of Government of SICA met in March and adopted a Regional Contingency Plan to combat the novel coronavirus. A release from SICA says that the region is benefitting from one hundred and eighty thousand testing kits from the Republic of Korea, which is one of the region’s strategic partner.

But according to the release, all SICA countries accepted the donation with the exception of Belize, yes, Belize. The kits are described as being ninety-nine percent accurate and compatible with those used in Central America. We tried to reach the Ministry of Health for explanation, but no one was available at this time.

But we note that on Tuesday, Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero said that fifteen thousand kits were ordered and three thousand were on the way. Today, however, he said that Belize is running low on the viral swabs.

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“Just like in the region we are running low in the viral swabs which are the specific lab equipment that you use to be able to take a viral swab. We are trying to outsource that. We thought that we could have gotten a batch next week. We are working with the PAHO regional office but all countries are having difficulty in terms of accessing those viral swabs.”

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