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The San Pedro Sun

Belize Registers First Coronavirus Case: San Pedro Town Resident tests positive for COVID-19
At a press conference on Monday, March 23rd, Prime Minister Right Honourable Dean Barrow announced that a Belizean has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). According to the prime minister, the person is from San Pedro Town and frequently travels to the United States of America. The person in question reportedly returned to Belize on Thursday, March 19th and went into isolation a day after arriving in the country. The positive patient is a 38-year-old female and according to Barrow, she seems to be experiencing the mild version of the disease and has not required hospitalization. According to his statement, she is recovering and appears that she had very minimal contact with others.

Ambergris Today

Belize Announces First Case Of COVID-19 In San Pedro
The Prime Minister of Belize, Rt. Hon Dean Barrow, announce this morning that Belize has its first case of COVID-19. He stated that the case involves a 38-year-old Belizean woman who returned to the country from Los Angeles last Thursday. At the press conference it was said that at the time of her arrival she had already being presenting with the symptoms. She was treated by a doctor and has been in self-isolation ever since then. It appears that соntасt bеtwееn thе wоmаn аnd оthеrѕ арреаrѕ tо bе mіnіmаl аt thіѕ tіmе. The positive test came in at about 10:45 pm last night, Sunday, March 22, 2020. The mapping and tracing of her activity is being present conducted to trace whom she may have been in contact with since her arrival.

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Tropic Air Temporarily Suspends Flights to/from San Pedro
At the request of the Government of Belize, effectively immediately all flights to/from San Pedro, Ambergris Caye are suspended except for those to the Belize International Airport. Please note all passengers on this route must be foreign nationals with onward tickets traveling out of Belize. We anticipate this suspension to be for less than 72 hours, and we will update as soon as we can.

TROPIC AIR TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS ALL CARGO OPERATIONS
Effectively immediately all cargo services are suspended. We hope to resume by midday Thursday March 26th, 2020. Please monitor our Facebook and Twitter social media accounts for further updates.

What Does a State of Emergency Mean for Ambergris Caye?
A Statutory Instrument was signed today, March 23, 2020, by the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young on the proclamation of Ambergris Caye as an emergency area. The Statutory Instrument enforces the following Regulations: 1. Emergency area refers to the area declared to be under a public state of emergency. Every person is expected to practice social distancing, which includes the practice of staying home, avoiding crowds, and refraining from touching one another.

Prohibition of Sailing - San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, COVID-19 Emergency Response
To: Owners and Operators of Motor Vessels RE: Prohibition of Sailing — San Pedro, Ambergris Caye COV1D-I9 Emergency Response In accordance with the quarantine order issued hy the Government of Belize, the following directive is issued for immediate implementation; 1. Vessels are prohibited from departing and proceeding to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye with immediate effect. This includes commercial passenger and cargo, as well as private vessels.

COVID-19 Measures to be taken by the Attorney General’s Ministry
The Attorney General’s Ministry informs the public of the following conditions in respect to the delivering of services, effective immediately: A. Legal Advice and Services Centre: The provision of all services to the public from the Legal Advice and Services Centre country-wide is suspended effective today, March 23, 2020 until Friday, April 10, 2020, except those ongoing or new applications that fall under the Domestic Violence Act, including: i. Protection Orders; ii. Occupation Orders; iii. Custody applications; and iv. Maintenance applications.

Additional Measures Following the Announcement of First Case of COVID-19 in Belize
The Government of Belize continues to make decisions based on science, facts, and lessons learned from other countries for the safety and well-being of all citizens. Coming out of the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee meeting held today, March 23rd, the following additional measures are going into effect: 1. A state of emergency has been declared for Ambergris Caye for 72 hours to allow the Ministry of Health to conduct the proper mapping and tracing of contacts following the announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Therefore, no person will be allowed to leave or enter Ambergris Caye during this time. Unauthorized vessels will be banned from leaving or arriving to the island.

OFFICIAL ADVISORY FROM THE SAN PEDRO TOWN COUNCIL ON THE FIRST CONFIRMED CASE OF COVID-19
The San Pedro Town Council is strongly advising our residents and visitors on the island to please stay at home. This is a result of the CONFIRMED case of COVID-19 on Ambergris Caye. The Ministry of Health is conducting a mapping investigation on the victim and the victim’s travel history to determine who all may have come in contact with the victim during the time of the victim’s arrival to the island until this present day.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH CARE PATIENTS FOR THE COROZAL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL AND COROZAL POLYCLINIC II
Due to to the COVID19 situation, the following regular services will be discontinued for preventative measures at the Corozal MCH: Prenatal And Postnatal Services, Family Planning Services, Vaccines, Papsmears/VIA, Patients will be visited at home or contacted via phone by the nurses. Pregnant women with appointment for gynaecologist will still be seen on Thursdays. Patients will also be informed when such services will no longer be offered.

NOTICE TO TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS COVID-19 Update Monday, March 23, 2020
As the official destination marketing organization for the country, the utmost priority of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is the safety and comfort of our residents and visitors. In an overabundance of caution, we understand and respect the concerns surrounding travel at this time. BTB has been made aware that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 in the country as of Sunday, March 22nd, 2020, and is currently in isolation. We are taking this situation seriously as we gather additional information from health officials. As COVID-19 continues to spread, our hearts go out to all who have been impacted. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the BTB assures our partners and tourism stakeholders that we remain vigilant in monitoring the situation in order to provide the most reliable trustworthy, and useful information so that you can make the best decisions for your health and safety:

Photography from the southern Belizean rainforest
This weekend, to mark International Day of Forests, our friends Ya'axché Conservation Trust sent us some uplifting photography from the southern Belizean rainforest that we just had to share with you.

ALL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE CLOSED TO VISITATION WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT
THE INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CULTURE AND HISTORY (IA/NICH) HEREBY INFORMS THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT ALL ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES ARE CLOSED TO VISITATION WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. THANKS FOR YOUR COOPERATION WITH ALL OUR ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESERVES STAFF.

A message from E&L Butane Gas Services in San Pedro
Want to inform our clients that E & L Butane Gas is closed as of now. We will be opening tomorrow March 24th from 8-10 am ONLY. Pick up and delivery services will not be available. Only onsite refills will be available. We will be limited with staff and are asking for patience and consideration while waiting for your refill. Thank you for your support and apologize for change in schedule and services. We will try our best to continue offering our services but we do have to consider the safety of not only our clients but our staff as well. Our schedule will be determined on the advisory of our local authorities. If you have any questions you can contact us on our emergency phone: 671-2339. Once again thank you and take care.

San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi Notice
In compliance with the Government of Belize ALL runs have been temporarily ceased effective immediately, therefore there will be no more runs to/from mainland and the island of Caye Caulker and San Pedro.

Channel 7

First COVID Case Confirmed In Belize
Tonight, Belize has joined the rest of the world: the Ministry of Health has confirmed the presence of COVID-19.   Up until last night, Belize had been among the last five counties in the world which had not seen a positive test. Well, last night, a positive was confirmed - and the Prime Minister held a special press conference this morning to make the announcement: Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister: "I have the very unpleasant duty of announcing this morning that we have our first confirmed case of a Belizean citizen testing positive for COVID-19". The positive test result came in last night at 11:00 from San Pedro. The patient, a 38 year old female who lives in San Pedro:

The San Pedro State Of Emergency Means Island-Wide Shutdown
So what does that Sate of Emergency mean?  Well, it remarks Ambergris Caye as an emergency area.  And, that emergency area is under a public state of emergency where, quote "Every person is expected to practice social distancing, which includes the practice of staying home, avoiding crowds, and refraining from touching one another." End quote.   Next, no person shall enter nor exit Ambergris Caye during the state of public emergency.   Also, gatherings of more than 10 persons are not allowed anywhere on Ambergris Caye. 

Panic At The Water Taxi
So, going back to San Pedro town - you can imagine the public panic this morning at 8:45 when news broke that the first case of COVID-19 had been detected in that island town.  Non-residents rushed to get off the island as quickly as possible.   And it seems many ignored the Prime Minister's caution.  Cherisse Halsall has the story:

Ministry of Health Starts Investigation
That panic at the water taxi episode was addressed this afternoon at the Ministry of Health's regular "Ask The Experts" session. Manzanero explained that the health team just needs a stable setting in order to do its health tracing: Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services: "I know after we made the announcement, there was a lot of people who were simply just wanting to get off the island, it doesn't mean everybody who was in San Pedro is automatically at risk..."

Searching The Flight Manifest
And the first group that had that contact would have been on the flight coming into Belize from the United States.  The authorities have not disclosed what US city that flight came from, but Manzanero  disclosed some of the details: Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services: "People that came on the plane with her could be affected by her. As I said, we have done that mapping exercise..."

Did Patient Zero Socialize on Saturday?
And the next stage of contact after the flight, is the immigration officer, and then the domestic flight this patient zero took to from the PGIA to San Pedro, and then to her immediate family in San Pedro.  Manzanero addressed the report that this first patient wasn't self isolating but socialising on Saturday night: Dr. Marvin Manzanero - Director of Health Services: "According she was in a party at San Pedro on a Saturday night, how true is that, we have spoken with her, she did interact with other 8 family members as I understand on that Saturday..."

DHS Says San Pedro Not A Risk
And indeed, the reaction on San Pedro has been almost as if you'd heard there was a case of the plague, or ebola - such is the state of public terror.   Surely, this patient zero has not infected the whole island.  Manzanero says that town - with a population of about 12,000 remains at low risk overall: "Not everybody who is San Pedro is at risk, so it doesn't mean that because you're in San Pedro two weeks ago and now you're visiting here because we're getting all these calls and people are going a little bit over board in terms of the reaction..."

COVID Scare Awakens Dark Instincts
But, whether the risk is low or not, even the rumour of the presence of COVID in any community, has awakened dark instincts for violence in some.  Manzanero spoke about suspect patient in Sarawee and Arenal where law enforcement had to get involved: "We had a case of a child from a village down in Stann Creek district where he was screened for flu viruses and somewhere along the line there was a miscommunication to the point that the family was threatened, they wanted to kill the family..."

Men Charged For 5 Year Old's Murder
Last week, the public was outraged over the spike in violent crime in Belize City which left 6 people dead in 48 hours. Two of those victims were the innocent 5-year-old children: Kia Herbert, and Dominque Rhamdas. Police are reporting tonight that they have charged 2 men for Kia Herbert's murder. They are 27-year-old Lyndon Hinds, and 25-year-old Kendale Flores. They were arraigned today before Senior Magistrate Tricia Pitts-Anderson on the offenses of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, grievous harm, and use of deadly means of harm. 

Weekend Murder Mystery
So, while Police in Belize City are making headway with the murders from last week, investigators from Independence don't know what to make yet of a weekend killing which occurred on the Southern Highway. Police say that at around midday on Saturday, they were called to an area between miles 45 and 46 on the highway. That's when they discovered the body of a Hispanic man. It appears that he was chopped several times and left for dead in that location. The officers did a bit of digging, and they were later able to identify the victim as Reydarius Sho, a resident of Bladden Village in the Toledo District.

Last Flight Out of Miami
Tonight, The Philip Goldson International Airport is closed. It's an extreme measure that has probably only been taken once before in the country's independent history.  Reports suggest that this closure will be in effect for 30 days in the first instance after which time it will be reassessed.  That's because of concerns over potential imported cases of COVID-19. As we've reported the first Belizean to test positive for the virus returned to Belize through the P.G.I.A. just last Thursday. 

Supermarket Owner Says Leave The Kids At Home
Supermarkets in Belize City implemented social distancing measures this weekend, limiting the number of shoppers who can be in the store at any given. It caused major lines to build up outside - but when we spork to the Managing Director of Publics Supermarket said it's more than just social distance. He said, leave the kids at home; families should only shop one person at a time:..

Long Lines At Country's Biggest Credit Union
And while crowd control is important, a big part of social distancing is also keeping persons in lines a safe distance form each other - at least three feet. But this morning as folks lined up at the Holy Redeemer Credit Unions - presumably to have cash available for necessities in the COIVD era, we saw them, at most one feet apart. The lines lasted for hours, and went halfway down Hyde's lane - almost spilling unto North Front Street.

SSB Mechanism May Be Used To Pay Laid Off Tourism Workers
And, indeed, in uncertain times, many are trying to scrape up whatever funds they have.  Thousands of Belizeans stand to lose their jobs, and face dire times ahead.  Today, the PrimeMinister said that the Social Security Apparatus may be used to give COVID-affected workers, a marginal income in troubled times: tc."

PM & LOO Will Talk Money On Wednesday
The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition will have a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the financial measures that will be invoked to help those who have lost their jobs.  Today the PM said finding money is their top priority:

PM Says FECTAB Missed The Point
And, speaking of  money, you'll also remember how FECTAB's vice president, David Almendarez mauled the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition at their press conference on last week Friday. FECTAB's leadership was concerned that their membership would be shared out of the relief funds that the government is making available, and the press asked the Prime Minister about that.

Man Dies Three weeks After Accident
At the beginning of the month, we told about a traffic accident that happened in front of the FFB headquarters in Belmopan. On March 1st, at around 5:30 p.m., a Toyota Tacoma pickup flipped and was found with its 4 wheels in the air. The driver had 3 passengers at the time of the accident: 1 in the cab and 2 in the pan of the pickup. 2 of the passengers suffered minor injuries, but the third, 66-year-old Rupert Herrera Garcia, ended up in an unconscious state at the KHMH.

A Fatal Collision On Melinda Road
Police from Dangriga are also investigating a fatal traffic accident.  This one happened on the Melinda Road, near to the well-known Marie Sharp's Pepper Factory. On Friday afternoon at around 1:35 p.m., officers visited an area about three-quarter miles off the Stann Creek Valley Road. That's where they found a blue Freightliner truck, which was being driven by 29-year-old Daren Castillo, a resident of Hope Creek Village. Near to the truck, the officers found a mangled bicycle, and the body of a man later identified as 22-year-old Shon Dee Emmanuel, who is also a resident of Hope Creek.

Gang Member Allen to Court Again
He was remanded to prison last week Thursday for robbery, but, 22-year-old Ulide Allen was back in Magistrate's Court today. That's because police believe that he was the gunman who shot a man back in January. Police say that at around 10 p.m. on Sunday, January 12th, 2020, Michael Pook, a 31 year-old security guard, was on duty at the corner of Tibruce and Poinsetta Streets.

Will Police control The COVID Crowds?
Earlier on, we showed you the crowds at the Holy Redeemer Credit Union not keeping proper social distance in their line.   Aren't that isn't the only thing that the authorities are concerned about in the violation of the social distancing best practices. Police are now actively trying to discourage the gathering of crowds bigger than 25 people at business places and any public spaces. They told us today that what they are doing to ensure that Belizeans comply with social distancing rules:

American Tourist Tested Positive After Leaving Belize
Tonight, we have all settled into the very unsettling reality that Belize has now confirmed its first case of COVID-19.  But we all knew it was coming, and on Saturday night - a first warning came across.   That was when the Ministry of Health confirmed that an American national - reportedly a young male - who left Belize on the 17th of March tested positive for COVID-19 in New York. He had visited two hotels in Belize City and one in San Pedro.

Only ICU Cases Will Go To KHMH
And while so far no positive cases have come out of those tests, when the first cases which require care do appear, the PM today explained that they will not immediately go to the KHMH:

KHMH In Emergency Mode
The KHMH has entered emergency mode. A press release this afternoon laid out adjustments that the nation's only tertiary hospital is making in preparation for COVID-19 response.  These adjustments are being made across the board affecting the hospital's visitor's policy, elective services, and even its clinic schedule.  But it's the Visitors policy has taken the hardest hit in terms of restrictions. One salient adjustment is the immediate barring of visitor's with respiratory illnesses.

The Logic Of Border Closures
The Government also released a statement yesterday reminding the general public about the decision to close the country's borders. They are strongly advising Belizeans not to leave the country unless it is an emergency for which outside travel cannot be avoided.  The western border is closed. Belizeans, diplomats residing in Belize and foreigners with legal residency in Belize will be allowed to enter. That entry may come the 14-day period of quarantine to prevent the possible transmission of COVID-19. Guatemalan nationals are allowed to depart from Belize to return to their home country.

Why Proposed Caye Caulker Curfew Was Illegal
Viewers will have noticed that the Prime Minister and the Government are asking residents San Pedro not to travel to the mainline at this time. This is to hopefully prevent an active spread of coronavirus from the part of the country that the first case of COVID-10. This weekend, the Caye Caulker Village Council was attempting to implement measures to keep the island safe. One of those planned measures was a travel ban for non-residents. The government has since clarified that the Village Council does not the jurisdiction to institute that kind of travel restriction.

Channel 5

Belize Records First Case of COVID-19 in San Pedro
The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed today. The woman is currently under quarantine in San Pedro, while her family members are in isolation. The individual, who is a Belizean, [...]

DHS Manzanero Outlines Contact Mapping for First COVID-19 Case
A thorough investigation, which includes retracing the journey of the San Pedrano affected by COVID-19, is being undertaken by the Ministry of Health.  Her travels included a layover in Texas, [...]

Cuban Medical Brigade This Way Cometh
Cuban doctors are being deployed to various countries where COVID-19 has been established. A group is already in Italy where the death count continues to increase. A Cuban Medical Brigade [...]

Cleopatra White and Matron Roberts Polyclinics are Listed for COVID Hospitalization
Several health facilities in Belize City have been identified by the Ministry of Health should there be a need for persons suffering from COVID-19 to be hospitalized.  Karl Heusner Memorial [...]

San Pedro is Under 72 Hours State of Emergency
Earlier today, Governor General Sir Colville Young signed a statutory instrument bringing into effect a state of emergency for Ambergris Caye.  Under the regulations for the state of emergency everyone [...]

Belize’s Top Tourist Destination Confirms First Case of Deadly COVID-19
When official word came of the first positive case in San Pedro, residents scrambled to get off the island. Hundreds work in the tourism industry, but are not permanent residents [...]

COVID-19, Public Transportation and What You Should Do!
While measures are being tightened in San Pedro through a state of emergency, restricting travel, the Department of Transport is putting in place preventative measures that will help in containing [...]

Tents Erected on La Isla Bonito Amid COVID-19 Detection
In the wake of today’s announcement of the presence of COVID-19 in San Pedro, several military tents have been erected in an area of town.  Doctor Marvin Manzanero explains that [...]

M.O.H. on Top of Mapping for First COVID-19 Patient
During today’s “Ask the Expert” live webcast at three this afternoon, the Director of Health Services shared more information about the investigation into the first confirmed case.  As a part [...]

D.H.S. Updates on COVID-19 Prep
The panelists during the webcast, D.H.S. Doctor Marvin Manzanero and the Minister of Health Pablo Marin, also spoke on a number of other issues raised by viewers. Doctor Manzanero touched [...]

Sarawee Family Threatened by Fake COVID-19 News About 4 Year-Old Boy
A man in Stann Creek is appealing to the public to stop the fake posts about persons allegedly infected with the novel coronavirus. Derrington Ramirez says that he and his [...]

Reydarius Sho is Hacked to Death in the South
Since the round-up of gang members in Belize City, the gun violence has subsided.  But there was a murder recorded over the weekend in southern Belize. Around midday on March [...]

Lindon Hinds & Kendale Flores are Charged for Murder of 5 Year-Old Kia Herbert
It’s been almost a week since five-year-old Kia Herbert was senselessly murdered inside her house on Pitter Street in Belize City; she was with her mother, Frances Herbert when shots [...]

A Fatal Accident on Melinda Road
A traffic accident claimed one life in southern Belize. A Hope Creek resident perished on the Melinda Road when he was heading to work. Shon Dee Emmanuel was riding his [...]

Man Dies 3 Weeks After Car Accident on Hummingbird Highway
An elderly man also perished as a result of a vehicular accident. Back on March first, sixty-six-year-old Ruperto Garcia was involved in a road traffic accident on the Hummingbird Highway, [...]

K.H.M.H. Goes into Emergency Mode
The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital goes into emergency mode now that the first case of COVID-19 is known.  Visitation procedures have been adjusted as part of the hospital’s response to [...]

Caye Caulker Residents Become Stranded in Belize City
After the confirmation of Belize’s first COVID-19 case in Belize, transportation to and from San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye was discontinued. San Pedro has been placed on quarantine and residents [...]

COVID-19 Oversight Committee Meets Following First Case Confirmation
The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition will be co-hosting a press conference scheduled for Wednesday and we will bring that to you as it happens. But this [...]

More Questions for the Experts!
One more issue coming out of from Ask the Expert session. The public posed a number of COVID-19 questions to the panel, including the case of Michigan, U.S.A. tourist, as [...]

How Prepared Are Frontline Law Enforcement Officers for COVID-19 in Belize?
At today’s police press briefing, News Five took the opportunity to ask the Commander of the Crime Investigation Branch in the Eastern Division about the preparedness of the police department [...]

Preventive Tips for COVID-19
Because of the prevailing circumstances and to comply with social distancing and with the protocol for the number of persons allowed at gatherings, our usual segment, Sports Monday, has been [...]

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Northern bus runs have been suspended effective Tuesday, March 24
Breaking news: According to press releases issued by O-Tillett, R-Tillett, Valencia’s and Morales Transport, all their runs have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19.

State of Emergency Declared for Ambergris Caye
The Government of Belize has declared a state of emergency for Ambergris Caye with immediate effect for 72 hours. This will allow the Ministry of Health time to conduct the proper mapping and tracing of contacts following the announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Residents of Ambergris Caye are being placed under mandatory quarantine. People will not be allowed to leave or return to the island over the next 72 hours.

BELIZE CONFIRM ITS FIRST CASE OF COVID-19, IN SAN PEDRO
According to an official report, a 38-year-old Belizean is in self-isolation after confirmation that she has been infected with COVID-19. She had just returned from Los Angeles last Thursday and she went to San Pedro, where she lives. Health officials are now mapping her path to see if anyone has been infected.

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Police Officers gearing up to protect themselves from COVID-19
Police Commissioner Chester Williams in an on-air interview today on Love FM, spoke of the safety and precautionary measures being taken by the department for the police officers. According to the commissioner, the officers are being equipped with gear and equipment for their own protection whilst having to deal with the public.

Hispanic man murdered in rural toledo
The body of a Hispanic man was found on Saturday afternoon near the Swasey Bridge between miles 45 and 46. The victim, later identified as Reydarius Sho of Bladden Village, Toledo District, bore chop wounds to the neck, face, and arm.

Director of Immigration says Belizeans allowed entry into Belize
A press release issued by GOB yesterday reminded Belizeans that borders are closed for entry. As such, Belizeans are being strongly advised against leaving the country, unless it is a case of bona fide emergency.

PM committed to assisting those who have lost their jobs
Last week the Prime Minister spoke of austerity measures that the Government and the private sector will be forced to undertake including the laying off of employees. In that vein, he committed to assisting those who have lost their jobs through monies being sourced from multiple agencies.

Police probe into fatal RTA in the Stann Creek District
On Friday, March 20 there was a fatal traffic accident on Melinda Road in the Stann Creek District just after 1:30 pm. The motionless body of 22-year-old, Sho Dee Emmanuel was seen lying on the road.

First Confirmed COVID-19 case in Belize
Almost twelve weeks after it was first detected in Wuhan, China, the COVID-19 strain of the coronavirus has been detected in Belize. It is the first confirmed case and it has been detected on Ambergris Caye.

Two men arrested for murder of 5-year-old
Two persons have been arrested and charged for the murder of 5-year-old Kia Herbert. They are 27-year-old Lindon Mark Hinds and 25-year-old Kendale Flores.

Caye Caulker Town Council puts preventative measures in place
The Caye Caulker Village Council and the Caye Caulker Liquor Licensing Board notified the public that starting Sunday, they would be implementing several measures to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. These measures will see public and special license holders required to shut down operations; all shops and convenience stores will need to close at 9pm sharp while restaurants are encouraged to offer take-out services.

Belize Mayor’s Association meets to discuss COVID-19
The Belize Mayor’s Association got together this morning to discuss the way forward now that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the country. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz has the story.

New measures put in place after first case of COVID-19 is confirmed
Apart from the State of Emergency implemented on Ambergris Caye, the National Oversight Committee implemented new measures after their meeting held today. The first is that all bars, clubs, lounges, and casinos countrywide will be closed.

Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies Deployed To San Pedro
According to the Police Commissioner, Chester Williams, his officers are on alert and are working with all hands on deck. Love News has since learned that all water taxis have been grounded and flights out...

Changes To Belmopan Market
The popular Belmopan market is seeing some changes in an effort to comply with measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz filed this report...

US Chargé D’ Affaires Advisory For US Nationals In Belize
US Chargé d' Affaires, Keith Gilges released an advisory for US citizens in Belize yesterday as it relates to COVID-19. US Chargé d' Affaires indicated that US nationals should remain calm and that the embassy...

Medical Help Is Coming For The People Of Belize
In recent weeks, perhaps one of the top concerns expressed was the lack of human resources or health personnel to address any presence of COVID-19 in Belize. During this morning’s press brief the Prime Minister...

Queen Conch Season To Close Soon
The Belize Fisheries Department has announced that the Queen Conch season will be closed at the end of business on March 27, 2020. This is necessary due to the realization of the Queen Conch production quota...

State of emergency declared for Ambergris Caye
The Government of Belize has declared a state of emergency for Ambergris Caye with immediate effect for 72 hours. This will allow the Ministry of Health time to conduct the proper mapping and tracing of contacts following the announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye. Residents of Ambergris Caye are being placed under mandatory quarantine. People will not be allowed to leave or return to the island over the next 72 hours.

Belize confirms its first case of COVID-19
A Belizean citizen has tested positive for COVID-19. The person came to Belize from LA last Thursday. The test result came in at 10:45PM yesterday (Sunday March 22 2020) . The patient is a 38-year-old Belizean woman of San Pedro Town and is in self isolation. This case is being labelled as […]

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San Marcos villagers demand residents coming from San Pedro to self isolate
Photo Courtesy: PGTV Our colleagues at PGTV reported today that some villagers from San Marcos […]

Sugar Industry Commits to continue 2020 crop
Already off to a late start due to the lingering effects of a drought last […]

What Does a State of Emergency Mean for Ambergris Caye?
A Statutory Instrument was signed today by the Governor-General Sir Colville Young on the proclamation […]

Scotiabank announces temporary changes at San Pedro Branch
Scotiabank today announced changes to branch operations in an effort to protect customers and staff […]

KHMH activates emergency protocols in wake of coronavirus confirmation
The Karl Husenser Memorial Hospital Announced today that, following the announcement of a positive case […]

Armed robbers get $200 and escaped on bicycles
It occurred at a Chinese shop in the Trench Town area of San Ignacio. Businessman, […]

Government implements additional measures to fight COVID-19 in Belize
The Government of Belize says that it continues to make decisions based on science, facts, […]

Conch Season closes on Friday, March 27th
The Belize Fisheries Department announced today that the fishery season for Queen Conch (Strombus gigas) […]

Ministry of Health implores public patience as investigations continue in San Pedro
The Ministry of Health took to social media this afternoon asking for the public patience […]

State of Emergency declared for San Pedro; residents placed under mandatory quarantine
State of Emergency declared for San Pedro; residents placed under mandatory quarantine The Government of Belize has declared […]

Tropic Air suspends all flights to and from San Pedro; except to the international airport
Tropic Air announced today that at the request of the Government of Belize, effectively immediately […]

First Covid-19 patient in Belize is San Pedro resident
The Ministry of Health today announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Belize. The […]

Ministry of Health to implement additional measures to contain any community spread
Today, the Ministry of Health confirmed the first case of Covid-19 in Belize. The patient […]

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The Many Faces of Belize - Part 2
The moment you meet Paulette Salo, you feel wrapped in the warmth of her smile and the aura of her personality. This was the feeling my wife and I had when we first met Paulette on a staycation on Caye Caulker, our sister Belizean island. I would later discover this was for good reason, as you will soon understand for yourself. Be that as it may, don’t be misguided into thinking she is meek. To the contrary, Paulette is and always has been a maverick; charting her own course on the road less traveled and blissfully tossing aside the need for approval and structure. Paulette owns and operates The Red Flower Gallery on Caye Caulker.

Ancient Maya Discoveries in Belize that Will Blow Your Mind
While Belize is a beautiful Central American nation with a rich history of Maya culture, that history only continues to grow. Two recent finds have come to the public’s awareness and only further intrigued people interested in the Maya or Belize’s early history.

Update From San Pedro, Belize: Asked to Shelter in Place
The first unconfirmed case of COVID 19 has been identified in San Pedro. A woman who has returned from the US last week – and went into immediate self isolation. The GOB is mapping this person’s contacts. Just 2 weeks ago, our country was flooded with visitors – it is our busy season – and cruise ships were coming in daily. I don’t think anyone is surprised that the virus is here – it has spread around the world. The GOOD news is that we have information from countries that are dealing with much larger outbreaks and there is a TON to learn on how to slow this down.

Handmade shopping bags are a great alternative to single-use plastic ones
Even if it’s just switching from plastic shopping bags to cloth or canvas, it’s a step in the right direction. It becomes the easiest thing if you have something fun and sturdy, but foldable and ready to toss in your general use purse or backpack. Pull it out when your groceries start adding up at the counter, and you eliminate the need for a plastic bag. I’ve used my Chill’s Creations bag countless times – it is strong, folds right back up, and easily washable so it can be used time and again. It doesn’t feel like going back to the old days, it just feels right! Chill’s Creations can be contacted via 622-0357, where Cecelia lives in Corozal Town.

International Sourcesizz

The ventilators made from snorkelling masks
Italian engineers are making ventilators out of diving masks and fitting them with 3D-printed respiratory valves in an inventive plan to keep hospitals supplied at the height of the coronavirus crisis. A Brescia-based startup firm has offered the contraptions for free to local hospitals in the region of Lombardy which is at the centre of Europe's worst virus outbreak. The crucial part of the equipment is the 3D-printed 'Venturi valve', a device named after 18th-century physicist Giovanni Battista Venturi which connects the mask to an oxygen tube.

These Caribbean Countries Are Coronavirus Free No More
For weeks two Caribbean countries managed to stay coronavirus free as the Americas and the world battled the first cases of the virus. But that changed Monday as the countries reported its first case of the dreaded COVID-19. The Turks and Caicos and Belize now both have their first case of the disease, after spending weeks free of the virus. The news comes as the number of new coronavirus cases in the Caribbean continues to spike to 648 last night with one dozen deaths to date and as most countries closed their borders.

What Happened to the Maya?
The Maya civilization was a Mesoamerican civilization that was located in Central America. The beginnings of the Maya civilization have been dated to the 2 nd millennium BC. Around the 9 th century AD, however, the Maya civilization went into decline. More precisely, however, it was the Maya cities of the southern lowlands that were abandoned one by one. Whilst the exact reason for the mysterious decline of the Maya is still unclear, several competing theories have been developed by scholars based on the available archaeological evidence.

Videos

  • This what the Experts Know so far about Patient Zero and San Pedro, 5min.

  • Prime Minister's Press Conference - March 23 2020, 22min.

  • Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Area Representative Heredia, 40min. Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Area Representative Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. Speaking on the Coronavirus.

  • Conserving the Maya Forest Corridor, 2min.

  • Conserving the Maya Forest Corridor, 13min.

  • Golf Cart (ClubCar) Review in San Pedro, Belize, 8min. Me and my dad reviewing the Club Car Golf Cart on Ambergris Caye in San Pedro, Belize. We are normally about speed and fun cars but we were on an island for spring break that has 85% golf cart travel and it's the coolest thing ever! Might as well get a #cruisincash video in.

  • Belizean Stew Chicken, 20min. One of our favorite dishes when we go to Belize. I learned to make Belizean Stew Chicken from a village elder on one of my trips to Belize. Fast forward a few years, one afternoon, a group of my friends gathered at my house and I served them Belizean Stew Chicken. Yummm

  • Night Dive Spearfishing Belize | Pesca con Arpon, 9min.

  • Belize Sailfish 2/26/20, 4min. Kevin And Lowen land Sailfish while fishing out of Placencia Belize with Prince and Richard with the Black Pearl.

  • Bruk It Down Jenny - The COVID-19 pandemic, 41min. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a lot of panic and increased anxiety among communities as the severity of the threat grows. Mental Health Therapist, Jenny Lovell talked with us about maintaining our mental health in this time of crisis and how we can practice social distancing in a healthy way.

  • International Social Workers Day, 32min. Social Workers are a crucial element in the assistance and support the state offers to families and children. The profession is the important link between the program and its intended beneficiaries.

  • The Ministry of Education & Partners National Hand Washing Day, 37min. The Ministry of Education & Partners are coordinating a National Hand Washing Day in schools. Our guests talked with us about what's planned for the day. On our couch: Yvonne Codd - Health & Nutrition Coordinator, MOE. Jessie Young - Coordinator, The Belize Red Cross.

  • Women in Art exhibition for Women's Month, 19min. The Museum of Belize representatives talked with us about the Women in Art exhibition for Women's Month. On our couch: Adriana Smith - Curator. Chelsea Johnston - Artist.

  • Preschool teacher to share a lesson on germs and hand washing, 15min. Children will be at home as schools will close as a preventative measure to slow the potential spread of COVID-19. We invited a preschool teacher to share a lesson on germs and hand washing that you can learn to teach your children to talk to them about the COVID-19 virus. On set: Jacqueline Molina - Preschool teacher, Wesley Preschool. Salam and Keandron Dawson - Students.

  • The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital - preparing their response in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, 47min. The Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is preparing their response in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak. We talked with representatives of KHMH and the MOH about the preparation process. On our couch: Michelle Hoare - CEO, KHMH. Melinda Guerra - Regional Health Manager, Central Health Region.

  • Dive Belize, 3.5min. Three tank dive courtesy of Amigos del Mar. Our first stop the Blue Hole. Swimming through the stalactites was epic. We also saw a turtle and had a large shark stalk us. I can’t wait to make this dive again

  • Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, 12min.

  • Waterslide at Coco Beach Resort in Belize, 2.5min.

  • Sunrise over Crooked Tree in Belize, 3min. View from Crooked Tree Lodge in Belize, 6am.

  • Deep drop fishing belize, 2.5min. Catching deep water snappers and a wahoo.

  • Jungle Plantation Belize, 2min. Drone footage

  • Baile en Belize, 3min.