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The San Ignacio Hospital has phone numbers to call about fevers and coughs
The doctors of the San Ignacio Community Hospital along with doctors in the private sector are proud to begin providing phone consultations for patients with a fever and cough or flu-like symptoms. This service will start tomorrow morning and will be available daily from 8am -8pm. The numbers are listed below and are only for persons with the flu seeking medical consultation. Thank-you.
Belize Water Services Public Notice
Now that our country has confirmed cases of Covid-19, Belize Water Services is adhering to the guidelines set by the Government of Belize and the Ministry of Health. To comply with the State of Emergency declared for San Pedro, our office in San Pedro will be closed until clearance is given.
Please note that all other offices country-wide remain open. However, given the COVID-19 prevention guidelines, BWS encourages customers to utilize telephone and electronic means of contact to conduct business and to utilize online banking to make payments.
BELIZE SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority (BSWaMA) informs the public that the operational transfer stations in Belize City, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Burrell Boom remain open for the reception of waste.
To safeguard human health and wellbeing, and to support the entities that provide waste collection service, the BSWaMA appeals to the public to exercise caution with respect to the management of waste generated within the household.
Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Immigration and Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Sign Agreement on Cooperation in Breeding Sheep and Goat Project
A cooperation agreement between the Government of Belize and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) was signed today, March 26th, by the Hon. Senator Godwin Hulse, Minister of Food and Agriculture, and Immigration and H.E. Remus Li-Kuo Chen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for a four year “Breeding Sheep and Goat Production and Guidance System Enhancement Project”.
PM: Keep Calm And Don't Panic
We open tonight with an update on COVID-19 in Belize. There are still only two positive tests - both from San Pedro. Five more tests were done last night and they all came back negative. So far, a total of 82 tests have been performed: 80 negative and two positive.
And that's why in a special message to the nation tonight Prime Minister Dean Barrow is telling the nation not to panic.
Here's a portion of the ten minute dress released about an hour ago:
There's No Countrywide Quarantine
But, the PM's panic disclaimer aside, at midday today, it seemed that all of Belize froze when an official press release went out, titled, "Government of Belize Enacts Quarantine Order for Entire Country".
It sounded like the COVID-19 lockdown we have all been waiting for, either with dread or anticipation. But, it turns out, it was not. The headline was over the top, and what we all thought was a national lockdown was in fact just a list of simple rules to contain the spread of COVID-19.
A few minutes after the Quarantine Order came out, Attorney General Mike Peyrefitte appears on the Government's "Ask The Experts" show to say there is no national quarantine:
The Streets Unsure About Quarantine
We note that the rules do have the force of law and were made by the Quarantine Authority of Belize. Notably, under these new rules, the number of persons on a bus is no longer limited to 25 or less, the regulations say, quote, "Notwithstanding the restriction and limitation on public gathering, the provision of public transportation by bus is limited to the seating capacity of the bus." End quote. And, also notably, when we visited the bus terminal this evening, the new measures were not in effect. Those at the bus station tell us it will go into effect tomorrow when they will have water and soap for passengers to hand wash.
Some Stranded On San Pedro
Now in San Pedro there's a real quarantine and a state of emergency in effect, and it's been extended to 30 days. That town is in a virtual lockdown, with no boats or planes in or out of the island.
Things get a little busy between 7:00 and 10:00 am when shops, bakeries, and gas stations are permitted to open, but after midday, it goes back to silent mode. Residents tell us that those who still have money line up outside to get a turn inside the shops to get some groceries.
It's a tough situation for the place known as Belize's island paradise - which has turned into a sort of soft prison for those who got stranded there when the quarantine order came down.
Belize's Patient Zero Could Be Charged
And while the attorney General urges islanders and stranded persons to be patient, he has no patience for the island's Patient Zero. She infected her mother - age unknown - and according to authorities - it's because she did not stick to the rules of self isolation. The Attorney General says she could face charges:
Social Media Rumour Spreader Is Charged
And yesterday in the Senate, AG Peyrefitte announced that the state will no longer tolerate the spreading of any rumors related to COVID-19 which causes unnecessary public panic. Well tonight, one person who has been charged is a social media panic spreader. In a first of its kind arrest, 7News has learned that 25 year old Erika Yanira Vargas from Orange Walk has been charged for the offence of "Spreading False News".
Lawless Landlords Could Be Charged
And hopefully there will also be charges for heartless landlords on San Pedro who are evicting tenants in the middle of a state of emergency on the island. We have received such reports this week and the AG said it is illegal:
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - Attorney General:
"You can only be kicked out by virtue of a directive from the Magistrate's court. Landlord can't come and kick you out..."
The National Kids Curfew
The Attorney General also detailed the national curfew for children which was signed into law yesterday. Under the curfew minors must be accompanied by an adult between 6:00 pm and 6:00 AM. Peyrefitte explained
Hon. Michael Peyrefitte - Attorney General:
"A child cannot be in public between 6 PM and 6 AM alone have to be accompanied and it says..."
The Big BTB Downsize Sent Home 35
Two weeks ago, we told you about the layoffs at the Belize Tourism Board. The word that we got was that 50 staffers were being sent home. Well, it's actually 35 - but they weren't just sent home: they got all their benefits with severance paid up, payment up to the end of March, along with an ex gratia payment of three months salary.
The separation package comes with a commitment that once the tourism economy rebounds and job functions are restored, they will be considered for re-employment.
Why War Of The Mayor's
Last night, we showed you our interview with Senate President Darrell Bradley. That was the conversation in which he discussed his decision to offer himself as a candidate for leadership of the UDP. Well, that press encounter allowed us the opportunity to ask him about the recent Belize City Council Audit that Mayor Bernard Wagner disclosed 2 weeks ago in a press conference.
You'll remember how Mayor Wagner painstakingly outlined the assessment that auditor Cedric Flowers did of City Hall's finances. A snapshot was taken of the last few months of Bradley's final term in office, and it was compared the same period during the Wagner administration's first year in office as the newly elected council.
Wingle Garbage Truck?
And while the two mayors can criticize each other - anyone can take shots at what we saw today. A City Council Wingle Pickup turned into.a garbage truck. It was loaded sky high with orange bags and the council workers were taking on more. It looks like a council fresh out of garbage trucks - after all it did sell a few last year. But, a council spokesperson told us the truck in the video was an old traffic truck reassigned to the Works Department.
Benjamin Reid Is Home Free After Two Years On Remand
Since May of 2018, he's been on remand for murder, but tonight 23-year-old Benjamin Alexander Reid is home free. That's after the DPP's Office had to abruptly end their prosecution against him.
Reid was charged with the May 2018 murder of 43-year-old Daniel Guardado, a Salvadoran mechanic, and a working man with no known gang or criminal ties. Sometime between May 5 and May 6 of that year, Guardado was on Partridge Street extension, and reports to 7News at that time was that he went to visit a mechanic friend to show off a new motorcycle he had purchased.
Cooking On a COVID Budget
In one way or the other we're all trying to cope with COVID-19, the global pandemic.
One thing no one wants to be uncertain about is whether or not they'll get their next meal. But in an economic downturn where more and more people are losing their jobs, it's a real concern.
And when it comes to preparing family meals for quarantine any come cook can find themselves a little overwhelmed. But if you're looking for a few ideas here's an entertaining clip from Chef Sean Kuylen.
How To Hold It Together In A World Falling Apart
On March 11th, 2020 COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic but accompanying the spread of the disease is a global rise in stress and anxiety levels. This comes at no surprise. We've all seen international news clips that feature plummeting markets, makeshift morgues, and senior citizens who not only die alone but whose families are prevented from giving them a proper burial.
It's no wonder that mental health professionals worldwide have commented that never before have they taken on something of this magnitude.
Port/CWU Quietly Meeting; 21 Days Notice Taken Off Table
Three weeks ago, the industrial action at the Port of Belize was all the news. And while operations have normalised at the Port of Belize, what about the 21 days notice of industrial action that the CWU gave?
Well, without anyone noticing, the two sides have been talking, both in person and with exchanges of letters.
Water And Phone Utilities Give To COVID Relief
Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that BTL, BWSL and BEL have all pledged a million dollars to the COVID relief effort.
He said BWSL is also giving a discount on water services:
And, BTL is giving free credit and upgraded bandwidth to its customers:
BEL Balks At Suspending Bills, Offers Other Cost Cutting
But unlike BTL and BWSL, BEL can't promise consumers any across the board ease on their bills. They say that can only be assessed on a case by case basis, corporate code for "come back tomorrow."
But, the Prime Minister also challenged top executives of the utilities to take a pay cut, like he did. Now, we didn't hear anything about that but here's what Sean Fuller, the General Manager of Communications and Retail Services, had to say about general cost cutting:
Women Pay The Price For Harbouring Male Gang Members
At the start of the citywide state of emergency police publicized wanted posters for a multitude of fugitives most of whom were wanted for the offense of being a member of a gang. At the time Commissioner of Police Chester Williams claimed to know where the majority of the fugitives had run to and he warned their friends and family members not to be caught harboring or giving shelter to men who were actively being sought by police because they too could face charges.
No G's Over 40 In Jail
And so while there will be more gangsters in prison, they will have a lot of company.
Well, we've seen a tally of all the suspected gang members who were rounded up and sent to jail under the state of emergency. That count, according to our sources, currently stands at 124 persons, representing 12 different gangs that are under the police department's magnifying lens.
Cops Still Don't Know Who Drove Dorian Anthony
2 days ago, we told you about that ugly traffic accident on the George Price Highway which claimed the life of 43-year-old Dorian Anthony, a resident of Belize City.
As we reported, sometime before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Anthony was traveling in a red Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, and in the vehicle at the time with him was 57-year-old Gary Trapp and Dawn Myers. It is uncertain who was driving, and what exactly caused it, but when the vehicle arrived at an area between 12 and 13 on the George Price Highway, there was blow-out of its left rear wheel.
Bella Vista Bad-Man On Wild Robbery
Southern cops are looking for 4 men tonight who they say were involved in a brazen Monday night robbery near Bella Vista Village in the Toledo District.
At around 5 p.m., Nahum Banegas, a 57-year-old Salvadoran Security Guard, was riding his bicycle on his way to his house in Bella Vista. Before he could arrive, 4 men cornered him, put a beatdown on him, and then robbed him of his cellular phone and the cash he had on him. But, that wasn't enough for these thugs. They then forced Banegas to call his landlord on his cellphone that they stole from him. They then instructed him to lure his landlord from his home so that they could rob him as well.
The Men With The Golden Gun
In other news out of Bella Vista, police are also reporting that they've found an unlicensed firearm, and they've charged several persons for it.
At around 10:30 today, cops went to the village to conduct raids. They went to the home of 58-year-old Vilma Sanchez, a Honduran National.
Man Drowned In Santa Martha
Orange Walk Police are investigating the mysterious death of a man from that district who appears to have drowned.
He's been identified as 37-year-old Nolasco Gomez, and police say that he was found dead in a pond of water near Santa Martha Village.
Here's more from police on the case:
Nelson Nolberto Stabbed At Home
And finally, for tonight, we report on a stabbing which occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday at a home on Grant's Alley in Belize City.
Police told us today that Nelson Nolberto Jr. was attacked by a relative after they had a quarrel:
Government Enacts Countrywide Safety Measures in Response to COVID-19
There is no national shutdown, but government today instituted strict safety measures country to prevent the spread of the deadly corona virus. The COVID-19 crisis has paralyzed chunks of Belize’s [...]
Practice Social Distancing!
The new normal includes safety measures such as the closure of many business establishments such as casinos, beauty salons, gyms, bars, and restaurants. Groceries stores will remain open, but owners [...]
Belize’s First COVID-19 Patient May Have Committed an Offence
The first COVID-19 case was imported; it involves a thirty-eight-year-old woman who entered the country after leaving Los Angeles last week Thursday. The Belizean woman was expected to self isolate [...]
Almost 3 Dozen B.T.B. Employees Take Termination Packages
The tourism sector has suffered a trashing from the halting of cruise visits, the closure of businesses and the locking off of all ports of entry to Belize. Since last week, the Belize [...]
G.O.B. Imposes Freeze on a Number of Measures to Limit Spending in Public Service
Government is moving to limit spending and contain expenditures in the public service by imposing a freeze on a number of measures due to the expected economic upheaval relating to [...]
Attorney General Addresses P.S.U.’s Concerns
Public Service Union of Belize is calling on government to close all non-essential government offices across the country. Some ministries and departments have decided to close doors due to while [...]
First Person Charged for Spreading Fake News, LOL
Twenty-five-year-old Erika Vargas, a resident of Orange Walk Town, is the first person on record to be charged with spreading false news. The arraignment follows a stern warning from Attorney [...]
La Isla Bonita Turns into Ghost Town Due to COVID-19
As we told you, residents of San Pedro Town tonight remain on lockdown. When we checked in today, the streets remain without traffic and Belize’s top tourist destination has become [...]
San Pedro Tenants Say Landlord Kicking Them Out
Another concern emerging from San Pedro Town is that landlords are kicking tenants out who can ill afford rents. These tenants are mostly non-residents of the island who are there [...]
Home-based Learning Continues; BJAT, PSE and CXC Postponed Indefinitely
Schools across the country have closed due to COVID-19 as a way to enforce social distancing among the young. It means that thousands of children are now at home and [...]
Food Minister Says Belize’s Food Stock Adequate
A main concern in the population is over food security so thousands are stock piling food item. A committee called the COVID-19 Food Supply Monitoring Committee met on Tuesday to [...]
New Measures Implemented for Public Buses
Earlier this week transport authorities met with the Belize Bus Association and other bus officials to discuss the movement of persons across the country. Several large operators closed off their [...]
San Ignacio/Santa Elena Officials Host COVID-19 Contingency Plan Session
In San Pedro and Belize City, residents have generally been staying home and activities on the streets have slowed down as a result of the measures to prevent the spread [...]
San Ignacio/Santa Elena Authorities Working to Keep Law and Order
We also spoke with Mayor Earl Trapp and Western Regional Commander Senior Superintendent Linden Flowers. They both outlined areas that they are working to enforce and manage to keep things [...]
S.I.B. Latest Economic Figures for February 2020
The Statistical Institute of Belize has released its most recent figures as it relates to the Consumer Price Index and External Trade Bulletin. Last month, consumer prices increased slightly, as [...]
Cuban Health Specialists to Assist Belize in Fight Against COVID-19
The world class Cuban health system is contributing across the world in the fight against the novel coronavirus. Belize and Antigua and Barbuda are the two most recent countries to [...]
Man Found Dead in the North; Did He Drown?
In other news, an Orange Walk man was found dead in a pond. Police say that no injuries were observed on the body and it is suspected that Nolasco Gonzalez, [...]
Robbery and Shooting in Bella Vista Village
Police are looking for four men who committed a robbery and shooting in Bella Vista Village earlier this week. On Monday, the assailants held up a security guard and robbed [...]
A Stabbing Between in-Laws
An argument between in-laws has left one person hospitalized and another facing an attempted murder charge. Police say that during the early hours of Tuesday morning, a family was socializing [...]
Investigation Into Fatal Accident Continues
Police say they still haven’t been able to determine who was driving the mini-SUV that was involved in the fatal crash on Tuesday morning. Forty-three-year-old Dorian Anthony was killed when [...]
Commercial Banks are Fully Prepared to Work with Indebted Customers
Financial institutions stand ready to work with their respective customers during this time of economic catastrophe. The Central Bank of Belize, led by Governor Joy Grant, has been instrumental not [...]
Distilleries to Produce Hand Sanitizers
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide, hand sanitizers and alcohol are virtually non-existent in stores and supermarkets. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is one of the best [...]
Belize Healthcare Partners Limited Prepared to Take In COVID-19 Patients
Belize Healthcare Partners Limited, a private facility, is taking a different approach to deal with an anticipated health crisis in the case of a COVID-19 outbreak. The hospital is functioning [...]
Healthy Living: Domestic Violence & Social Distancing
Typically in March, Belize would celebrate Women’s Month with a plethora of activities that would celebrate women, as well as, bring to focus the issues specific to our gender. All [...]
Prime Minister: No National Shut Down; 2nd COVID-19 case confirmed
The Prime Minister at today’s COVID-19 National Oversight Committee has stated that there will not be a national shut down today. But if they must do so, based on certain triggers, that measure will be taken.
There is now a second confirmed case; she is the mother of the first COVID-19 patient in San Pedro. Other family members who were tested were negative.
Five additional persons in San Pedro who exhibited symptoms were tested and were all negative.
Police make first arrest for “Spreading False News” amid COVID-19 crisis
An arrest for “spreading false news” that is what happened today in the times of COVID-19 crisis.
In a report this evening, the Police Press Office confirmed that 25-year-old shelf attendant, Erika Yanira Vargas was charged for that offence after making the following post on social media at around 10 on Monday, March 23.
PM’s message to the people of Belize
The Government’s Press Office issued a statement from the Prime Minister Dean Barrow late this evening. The ten-minute address aimed at instilling calm among the Belizean citizenry as several restrictions and actions are being taken to combat COVID-19.
Belize Zoo impacted by COVID-19 crisis
Every day more and more people around the globe continue to be impacted, economically, by COVID-19. In Belize, several businesses and vendors have shut their doors and employees have been laid-off or terminated.
Cuban medical professionals help fight against COVID-19 in Belize
The first group of the Cuban Medical Brigade arrived in Belize yesterday via the Philip Goldson International Airport. Our news team was on hand upon their arrival just before six o’clock.
Social gatherings now reduced to 10 persons only
In recent weeks the buzz words around the country and even the globe is social distancing. It is an act where humans have to become conscious of their surroundings, avoiding crowds and a constant presence in public spaces. The Government of Belize has been advocating for social distancing as a preventative measure in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Belmopan CitCo assists residents
The Belmopan City Council is preparing for a food drive initiative to help Belmopan residents for the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz has that story.
Darrell Bradley speaks on his decision to run for UDP leader
Today is the deadline for UDP aspirants to submit their names to vie for the position of party leader. As it stands, there are five people in the competition.
Nationwide Curfew for persons under 16
A curfew for minors is in effect for the entire country of Belize. If any minor is found on the streets without parental guidance, the parents will be arrested and charged.
Western Regional Hospital implements new measures
The Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan has set in place new measures following the announcement of the first COVID-19 case in Belize. Correspondent Fem Cruz spoke with the Regional Manager about these measures and has the details.
Transfer stations across the country remain open
The Belize Solid Waste Management Authority has stated that the operational transfer stations in Belize City, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, San Ignacio/Santa Elena and Burrell Boom remain open for the reception of waste.
Minor car accident in Belmopan
Two people are lucky to be alive after a traffic incident in Belmopan earlier this morning. Cayo correspondent Fem Cruz has the details.
Chetumal City Closes Its Entrances
The government of Quintana Roo, Mexico, has announced the closure of the entrances of Chetumal City. Governor Carlos Joaquin issued the order in an effort to protect the health of the citizens.
Darrell Bradley Comments On Audit Done By Current City Council
Two weeks ago, Mayor Bernard Wagner boasted about his Council’s 9% increase in revenues and how they managed to cut costs. He also lamented on the previous administration’s reckless spending, which, according to Mayor Wagner,...
Belize Is Not Under Quarantine
At 12:43 pm today the Government’s Press Office, which is being widely advertised as the only credible source of information, announced that a quarantine order was being enacted for the entire country of Belize. According...
Will Patient Zero Be Charged For Dishonesty?
Health officials have conducted a total of 82 tests for COVID-19 up to four o’clock this evening. This is according to the Minister of Health, Pablo Marin. Of the 82 tests carried out, there have...
Government Says Stop The Fake News
Long before the first confirmed case for COVID-19 was announced in Belize, social media had been blowing up with multiple fake news of cases, national shutdowns and pandemonium of sorts. It had gotten to the...
CXC Proposes Provisions In The Wake Of COVID-19
The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has announced its strategy for the administration of May/June Examinations. The policy decision made is to tentatively have the exams in July and to offer a modified examination process.
Encouraging Nurses In The Wake Of Pandemic
The nurses in Belize are front liners in this fight against COVID-19. Their profession will have them taking care of patients with mild to severe symptoms of the pandemic and will be at risk to... 283 CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
Government Of Belize Enacts Quarantine Order For Entire Country
Belmopan. March 26, 2020. The Government of Belize, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in an effort to mitigate the negative impacts that could result from a potential community spread of the deadly virus...
Breaking Belize News
Nurses Association voices serious concerns about Belize’s COVID-19 preparedness strategy
Today, the Nurses Association of Belize issued a statement voicing its frustrations with the approach […]
Ministry of Health: 82 tests have been done so far
The Ministry of Health informed today that a further 5 tests were done for Covid-19 and […]
Ministry of Finance enacts interim cost saving measures amidst covid-19 pandemic
A memo from the Ministry of Finance today informed that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, […]
Prime Minister hopeful on coronavirus: “This too shall pass…we are fortune’s child”
On a day his administration ordered even tighter social controls to counter further spread of […]
Ladyville couple charged for harboring wanted criminals Jeffrey Buller and Lionel Longsworth
On Wednesday police visited a house on Marage Road in Ladyville. There, cops found wanted […]
Belize City women charged for housing wanted Ghost Town gangster
On Tuesday, police visited a home in the Belama Phase 4 area of Belize City […]
Hattieville woman charged for harboring wanted gangster
Rondean Gillett has found herself on the wrong side of the law. That is because when […]
Facebookers beware, Woman charged for spreading fake news on FB
Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte recently indicated that legislation was put in place for persons sharing […]
Exports down two months in a row, imports up slightly
According to the Statistical Institute of Belize (SIB), domestic exports were down for the month […]
Don’t squander second chance on coronavirus: WHO
The world squandered it’s first opportunity to stamp out COVID-19, the Director General of the […]
US government offers $15 million reward for Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro over drug trafficking charge
The United States Government says that it has charged Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro for narco-terrorism […]
Chair of Nursing and Midwife Council issues message to nurses
The country is currently being challenged by the threat of COVID-19 and nurses are being […]
Ministry of Food and Agriculture hold agri-food response meeting
An Agri-food response and mitigation to Covid-19 stakeholder meeting was convened by the Ministry of […]
Taiwan and Belize sign agreement on cooperation in breeding sheep and goat project
A cooperation agreement between the Government of Belize and the Government of Taiwan was signed […]
Why do Central Americans love Nayib Bukele?
We have seen videos of him firmly informing his nation about the measures for the […]
Taiwan embassy extends scholarship application deadline due to Covid-19
In response to COVID-19, the Embassy of Taiwan in Belize has made the following adjustments […]
Belize and Cuba come together to fight Covid-19
Both Belize and Cuba are being challenged by the threat of COVID-19. As a result, doctors and nurses have been asked to serve patients and communities who depend on them. Cuba has sent 60 doctors to Belize of varying ages who will be giving support to the Ministry of Health and the country during this stressful period of time. The delegation of doctors arrived in Belize safely on March 25th.
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association: Update on COVID-19
The global pandemic continues to have a major impact on our industry, with no clear end in sight. Containment and mitigation remain our best chance of minimizing its impact. Hence, we need to be relentless in our ongoing efforts to influence social behaviors, informing and educating ourselves, our employees, family and associates.
Information is updated and added regularly at www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/covid-19
CARIBBEAN TRAVEL NEWS ROUNDUP- March 27, 2020
Here are the top stories making news on the Caribbean travelscene for March 27, 2020:
Over 20 people have now died from COVID-19 in the Caribbean including 10 in the Dominican Republic.
There are now over 1,000 cases of the dreaded new coronavirus in the caribbean including some 488 in the Dominican Republic; 81 in Martinique and 73 in Guadeloupe.
Three Caribbean countries reported their first cases of covid-19 thursday. the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla now have two cases each after staying coronavirus free for weeks.
Cheap antibody test sent for validation in coronavirus fight
A British company behind a 10-minute coronavirus antibody test, which will cost about a $1, has begun sending prototypes to laboratories for validation, which could be a game-changer in the fight against the pandemic. Health technology firm Mologic, which created one of the first at-home pregnancy tests, is aiming for the test to be rolled out by as early as June if the trials are successful.
Antibody tests are designed to establish whether people have previously been infected, as opposed to antigen tests which show if someone actually has the COVID-19 disease caused by the virus.
CURRENT SITUATION IN CAYE CAULKER, 10min.
CONCERNED RESIDENTS ON WATER TAXI SERVICES, 3min.
Even though stores are open we strongly encourage everyone to stay at home, 2.5min. If you do decide to go out for essentials make sure you practice social distancing both inside and outside the store. Do not have conversations while waiting in line. When you reach home, change into a new set of clothes or take a bath. To take extra measures, disinfect all products you bought.
Belize 2020, 3.5min. I got the chance to travel to Belize in February to work in schools and help build a playground. Huge thanks to Literacy Without Borders and their team of Rotarians for incuding the Macewan Rotaract Club in your project!
COVID-19, 2min. Understand the damage that is being done to the lungs and the severity of the damage to the lungs in those who become seriously ill.
This is not just the common flu or a typical pneumonia, for which there are vaccines and treatments.
COVID-19 spreads rapidly and invisibly throughout communities through contact with others who have it, whether they have symptoms or not.
Keep those who have it in your hearts and prayers. They didn’t ask to get it. They did not intend to give it to others. It could have been you.
Thursday's ASK THE EXPERTS, 54min.
Channel 5 Daily Obituaries - KALIM HABET, 1min.