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Today's Belize News: March 28, 2020 #541334
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The San Pedro Sun

Landlords asked not to vacate tenants during this crisis
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, many people in the tourism industry were laid off, and as many are originally from the mainland, they tried to leave their rentals to return home. However, after the revelation that a positive case was identified on Ambergris Caye, the Government of Belize issued a state of emergency, halting traffic [to and] from the island. Unable to return to their rentals, and with many unable to pay their rent due to no work, there are ongoing reports of landlords trying to kick out tenants from their apartments/rooms.

BEL Reaches Out to Customers in Time of Crisis
assures our customers and the public that we remain fully committed to our mission to deliver safe, reliable and sustainable electricity service to customers in all communities across Belize, especially during the looming COVID-19 crisis. We provide electricity to almost 100% of households, businesses, industries and government institutions, including hospitals, in Belize. In almost all cases, BEL is the sole provider of electricity to these our customers.

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 on 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”.

Ambergris Today

CXC Reveals COVID Strategy, Parents And Students Called To Attention
The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC®) stands in solidarity with the region and the international community as we grapple with the impact of COVID-19 on our way of life. During the past two weeks, we have been monitoring developments across the CARICOM region and working closely with representatives from the Ministries of Education and tertiary institutions to arrive at a regional consensus for the administration of May/June 2020 examinations.

Various Belizean Sources

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Attempted movement of people from San Pedro to Caye Caulker
It has been brought to our attention by concerned civilians of Caye Caulker that an incident regarding a boat movement happened this evening at 6:33PM Thursday, March 26th 2020. Reports are that a vessel came from Sanpedro to pick up an individual who was in another vessel coming from Belize City belonging to Ocean Ferry. In the boat that came from sanpedro, there were a number of individuals coming from the island who were granted permission to dock and exit the vessel.

Markets are up and running!
Health and safety measures did not shutdown operations but have given the authority to do so if it becomes necessary. Head over to the National Agriculture and Trade Show Grounds in Belmopan for your produce. During your shopping, remember to practice social distancing and be sure to sanitize and wash your hands after returning home.

Paradise Theater playing this weekend
i guess we're closed this weekend. Shame cause we've got some great movies. ..... of course.

Suspension of Routine Services by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
In support of the Government of Belize’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be closed for all walk-in and routine services. Any business that requires meeting the Ministry’s staff in-person, including requests for authentication of documents, will be done by appointment only. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will otherwise continue with normal operations.

Office of Director of Health Services COVID-19 Update
The further 7 samples tested today for COVID-19 have turned out to be negative. This brings the total number of tests to 89. Samples were from Corozal, San Pedro and the Southern Health Region. Please contain to exercise adequate social distancing and with the weekend upon us, do avoid being out on the streets unless it is absolutely necessary for you to be out. The containment of any further cases depends on us.

Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow welcomes Cuban Health Professionals
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow officially welcomed the “Henry Reeve” International Contingent of Cuban Health Professionals at a brief reception tonight.

Hope Haven gifts tank of potable water to San Mateo Residents
Hope Haven has been generously gifted a 300-gallon tank of potable water to distribute to residents. At 1PM on Saturday, March 28th, volunteers will be at Somos Restaurant & Bar, in Boca del Rio by the park, distributing water to San Mateo Residents. Each day water will be distributed in a different area. Distribution is 3 gallons per family (for an estimated total of 100 families), and volunteers are asking 1 person per household to come out to fill their gallons. Please practice social distancing (6 feet apart) when lining up!

San Pedro Garbage Collection Schedule
San Pedro City Council informs the general public that our daily garbage collections will now be limited to 3 collections per week: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY, effective immediately. We have limited collections to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees, as we do not want them exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). We urge everyone's cooperation to bag adequately your trash and put it properly in the Dumpster to avoid trash spill.

Burning of Household and Yard Waste is Prohibited
The Department of the Environment (DOE) continues to receive reports of the burning of household and yard waste in both urban and nual areas. This prevalent and harmful practice continues to greatly reduce the air quality for residents and threatens life and property from fires, especially around this time of the year, due to the dry season. The burning of waste emits invisible but harmful substances into the air that are breathed in by residents in nearby conununities, including vulnerable persons such as the elderly, babies, and those suffering from respiratory diseases.

National Health Insurance Press Release: COVID-19
NHI has been coordinating with the Ministry of Health and the COVID 19 Task Force in the fight against the present threat being posed by the SARS coronavirus 2 pandemic. In an effort to protect and safeguard our frontline health care providers that may be needed in an event of COVID 19 cases coming to the assigned health care facilities for treatment, we are asking that you STAY AT HOME and observe the guidelines established by the Ministry of Health for social distancing and self -isolation!

Cuban Doctor and Nurse arrive on Caye Caulker
Today the Caye Caulker Health Team and the Caye Caulker Village Council welcome one doctor and one nurse to Caye Caulker from the Cuban Brigade to assist in preparation for Covid 19. We would like to express gratitude to: Caye Reef for accommodation, Go Slow Golf Cart Rental for golf cart and getting the new doctor and nurse mobile.

BTIA COVID 19 Food Drive
Many families and individuals in our community are currently faced with the challenge or providing basic food supplies and cleaning agents for themselves and their families and we want you to help us help them? Whether you’re an individual or business, we would like for you to join this effort by donating non perishable food items and cleaning supplies for us to help those most in need. You can also help by suggesting someone that can benefit from this. Contact us to find out more via telephone at either 671-0740 or 614-4910.

NEW ROARING CREEK BRIDGE OPEN
For those of us who constantly drive through this area, the new Roaring Creek Bridge just past the Belmopan roundabout is open and fully operational. Traffic is now flowing smoothly in what was once a painful bottle neck due to the narrowness of the old bridge. This bridge was an essential structure as it is the only all weather structure that connects the east and west side of the country. Stay safe and Drive Safely!

BEL now on WhatsApp!

Belize Water Services Limited: Public Notice
To comply with the Quarantine Order for the Country of Belize, BWS’ Belize City office will be temporary closed to the public on Saturdays effective March 28, 2019 until further notice. BWS encourages customers to utilize telephone and electronic means of contact to conduct business and to utilize online banking to make payments.

INSTITUTE OF ARCHAEOLOGY Notice to all tour guides, tour operators, hoteliers, tourist, locals, the general public
This letter serves to inform the general public and all stakeholders, in particular those involved in cave exploration and tour-guiding in caves that we have received numerous reports of unauthorized use of several caves in Belize. Given this situation. the Institute of Arehaeology. NICH hereby informs all tour operators, tour guides, hoteliers, local communities, landowners and other related tourism stakeholders of the following:

Maximón
Maximón is a Maya deity represented in various forms by the Maya people of several towns in the highlands of Western Guatemala. Oral tradition of his creation and purpose in these communities is complex, diverse, and born of the ancient Maya traditions centuries ago.According to some legends, Maximón was an elder who reincarnated to protect his people. During the Spanish Conquest, an elder named Ri Laj Mam, upset by the evils of the Spaniards, encouraged his people to start a rebellion. He was eventually executed, but returned to life in the form of a judge named Don Ximon, who fought to give land back to the native people of Guatemala . There are other versions of Maximo story .

MAXIMO eBOOK + online classroom
The Image Factory Art Foundation announces the launch of the eBook version of MAXIMO: The Last Alcalde of San Jose Yalbac written by Carmen Carrillo and Delmer Tzib, illustrated by Carlos ‘lito’ Quiroz and edited by Melissa Espat. After the COVID19 crisis subsides we will plan a launch of the printed book in the village of Nuevo San Jose Palmar, Orange Walk District. For now, we are starting a conversation with the community.

Culture in the time of Covid: A View from the Caribbean, by Nigel Encalada
The new coronavirus, Covid-19, is of great concern to Caribbean people and culture. At the time of the writing of this article, the Johns Hopkins website which tracks the Covid-19 virus is reporting a total of 510,000 cases and close to 23,000 deaths globally. In the Caribbean, including Cuba and Suriname, there are 992 cases and 20 deaths being reported. Relatively speaking, the numbers are small when compared to other regions but the social and economic impact is huge. <

Channel 7

Index Case's Mother Is Over 65
Tonight Belize still only has two confirmed cases of COVID-19 both in San Pedro town. They are 38-year-old "patient zero" and her mother who we today learned is over 65 years old.  They remain in self-quarantine on San Pedro which is under a state of emergency lockdown. Dr. Marvin Manzanero who is the director of the Ministry of Health's Epidemiological Unit gave an update on the health of both women at today's "ASK THE EXPERTS" session in Belmopan:

86 Tests, 84 Negative
And as you heard, that "contact tracing" extends to their immediate family. Dr. Russel Manzanero gave us an update on those tests and the wider batch of 86 tests that have been run so far.  "Up to date and currently in real time we're actually processing additional samples for COVID. To date we have actually screened 86 samples for COVID, of which we know it's the same 2 that have remained positive, the index case and her immediate contact. We do know that areas are being screened right now, we have 3 samples that were screened from Belize City, 3 from Corozal and one from the Stann Creek district. So 4 of those are already negative that we're seeing and the other 3 are being ran right now."

A Season Of Two Flus
And screening is also being done for people who show up with the regular flu. You may or may not know it, but we are in the height of the annual flu season, which is being treated with more vigilance because of the prospect of COVID-19. Dr. Russell explained how they're managing the co-occurrence of two flu's: "Do remember that we are in the flu season, we are having an increase in cases, with that though we need to be very cautious as how we're managing these and looking at these cases..."

Stuck On San Pedro?
And in the coming weeks, those who are stuck on San Pedro definitely don't want to be there. As we've been reporting, a number of persons were caught off guard by Monday's sudden declaration of a lockdown for an island. That stopped all flights and water taxi runs. A number of islanders were stuck in the city, and a number of persons from the mainland were stuck on San Pedro. They desperately wanted to leave and Dr. Marvin Manzanero explains that a few have, but the departure of persons from the island is controlled on a case by case basis. 

Is A Crowded Bus Safe?
The few who have left the island include persons who require dialysis, who are pregnant and who have congestive heart failure.  And while movements off the island are tightly controlled, movements on the mainland are getting there, and that's because the entire COVID-19 crisis is keeping students and workers at home.  That's reducing commuter traffic, making some runs financially unsustainable for bus operators.  And then there is the sudden fear of crowds; many regular commuters just don't feel safe being on a jammed bus rubbing shoulders and sharing tight spaces with fellow commuters.

Frontline Workers Face Discrimination
And while some of us are weighing whether we want to take a bus, some health care workers are not even being given that option!  Reports say that some buses are speeding right past health care workers who are trying to get from home to work or work to home.  There are also reports of discrimination against these frontline heroes at some grocery stores in the north and in the west.  Dr. Marvin Manzanero today said it has to stop:

Waiting, Waiting For Medical Supplies
Hopefully, by the time they are activated, a fresh run of supplies will be on hand.  Manzaero says that 6 respirators were supposed to arrive today - and that 20 more are on order. We've been hearing about those same 6 respirators for two weeks now, so that one is definitely a wait and see.   And what about other supplies that will be needed for the COVID war ahead?  What about personal protective equipment for healthcare workers?  Manzanero says it's all on order:

No Calendar Confines For COVID
But that closed border, along with every other closed point of entry is also what may be buying Belize some time.  Manzanero discussed the Belize's national strategy of sovereign isolation:.. "Understand that we really have isolated ourselves, the Guatemalan border closed down for more than a week..."

Business As Usual? No Time Soon
And, when will those borders open?  Well, Manzanero says, even if the borders and the airport open - don't expect a rush of tourists anytime soon: "We need to understand that this not going to be business as usual from now on. I think our lives have changed forever and if you see what's happening around us..."

Not Water Into Wine, Rum Into Hand-San
Tonight a local rum factory has single-handedly solved the problem of the hand-sanitizer shortage. Yes, Traveller's Ltd. is bringing a new product to market it's called Sani-bel.  In a swift switcharoo, G.O.B's coronavirus task force has given Travellers clearance to switch from distilling rum, to making hand sanitiser.  Cherisse Halsall went onto the distillery floor this morning to find out about Traveller's move to repurpose manufacturing facilities and keep providing employment for all its workers: This is the Travellers Liquors Distillery on the Phillip Goldson Highway. And while they're known for their flagship products like Coconut Rum and the Elephant Foot, like every Belizean they were hit hard by the COVID-19 economic downturn. 

Grocery Stores Adapt To COVID-19
And speaking of essential supplies, we all still need groceries, but in this time of social distancing, what steps should we be taking to make shopping as safe as possible? Well, you can go to the store when it's not crowded, come back at a different hour if it is, bring along sanitizing wipes, and, above all, refrain from touching your face while in the store.  It's a lot!  And then what are you going to do with your child?  Leave them at home unattended? Certain Belize city grocery stores are taking those anxieties into account, and, starting next week, they are offering both delivery and drive-up pickup of groceries

BEL Helps, A Little
Belize Electricity Limited today announced that it has reconsidered its position on giving Belizeans a break on their light bills during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company will now be offering credit to over 7,000 of its most needy  customers. Those are the customers who were in the lowest consumption bracket, known as the social classification for their February and March electricity bills. They consumed an average of 60-kilowatt hours or less per month.

City Council Helps, Slightly
And while that's one less utility to worry about for the most needy to worry about, you might still be stressing about paying those upcoming property taxes, both commercial and residential. Well, the City Council is lending its own helping hand by giving 15%  discounts on residential property taxes and 10% discounts on commercial property taxes for a 3 month period.

What If...No Imports
But, while Belizeans are preparing to minimize the public health and the domestic financial impacts of the COVID-19, we entertained a what-if scenario where trade between nations is negatively impacted because of the pandemic.
We've regularly reported on the growing external trade imbalance, where the country imports significantly more than it exports.  According to the SIB, in 2019, the country imported 2 billion dollars worth of goods, while exporting a little more than 411 million dollars in products.

The Politics Of COVID
So, you might think that with the political leaders John Briceno and Dean Barrow co-charing the COVID national task force, politics as usual would take a brief break from the usual savagery.But, if you thought that, you would be wrong.
That's because, tonight, COVID and politics are all mixed up in the Freetown division.  It started with this post from the so-called "Association of Concerned Belizeans" alleging that UDP Freetown Aspirant OJ Elrington has shown symptoms of flu, but has refused to test himself or self-quarantine.

Breathing Through COVID
Last night on the news you heard from counsellor Christa Courtenay speaking about reframing aspects of new COVID realities, and while she gave us the big picture, tonight we'll speak to another councillor about something much more micro. Basically, how do those of us who have to continue working at our jobs during this COVID crisis... how do we even muster the confidence to get on a public bus or cut though a crowd of persons on a crowded sidewalk?  Speaking via video call for social distancing purposes,  Martine King from Mind, Health, Connect told us about a coping strategy for the little things that freak us out about COVID-19.

Red Cross Ready
And the Belize Red Cross says that it is ready to help the government and people of Belize in whatever way it can during this pandemic. The humanitarian network say that they've been liaising with their partners from the Ministry of Health and that their staff is ready to answer whatever call for help their office may receive during this era of COVID-19.

Untold Story Of An Unsung Hero
And to ease your mind during the COVID quarantine, or whatever may come, the Image Factory has launched an electronic book with a fascinating, but little known account of indigenous resistance to colonial rule.   The stylishly designed volume is called "Maximo, the Last Alcalde of San Jose Yalbac", and it's available online for free. It's a mixture of the post caste-war oral tradition brought to life by cutting edge graphic design.  It tells the story of how the Nuevo San Jose Palmar Village, in the Orange Walk District.

Teaching In a Time of COVID
We also got a chance to talk with Musa about how he and his SJC students have been continuing their education via online classes from their homes. As viewers are aware, some businesses and schools have set up online portals to allow for continuous studies and work, while the heightened COVID-19 measures are in place.
He told us that he has been trying to find that balance to keep his students motivated while ensuring they don't get burnt out:

New Rules For Old Laws
And, in our final bit of news tonight, the Judiciary has outlined its full plan for how the court will run during the COVID19 crisis.   First, All jury trials are suspended with immediate effect until further notice, and all jurors are excused. Second, Video link conferencing will be utilized whenever possible for bail hearings and adjournments for persons on remand. Third, where persons must attend court in person, the guidelines with regards to gatherings and social distancing will be enforced.

Channel 5

No New COVID-19 Infections; Belize Remains with 2 Positive Cases
Tonight, the country remains on the yellow phase, which is phase one of COVID-19.  There are still only two confirmed cases of the virus in Belize and both are in [...]

Update into COVID-19 Patients
So, as you heard just now, there are no new confirmed cases of COVID-19.  The index patient and her mom remain in isolation on San Pedro.  As you know, those [...]

5000 More Test Kits and Other Medical Supplies for Belize
Another issue covered today by the health experts was the matter of testing kits and other medical supplies that were known to be in limited quantity. Director of Health Services, [...]

B.E.L. Reaches Out to Our Customers in Time of Crisis
Earlier this week, the Belize Electricity Limited said it was making a contribution of one million dollars to assist in combating the spread of COVID-19.  Now, the clamour on the [...]

Second Batch of Cuban Doctors Arrives in Belize
The Cuban government has been deploying teams of doctors and nurses to fight the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. With considerable experience in combating deadly diseases, the Cuban health personnel are [...]

Health Minister Pablo Marin Asks Public to Follow Guidelines
Minister of Health, Pablo Marin told News Five that today’s group will be assigned to the isolation area and intensive care unit at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Minister Marin [...]

Travellers Liquors Ltd. Produces Hand Sanitizers
If you have been checking at stores and pharmacies, you would be out of luck for hand sanitizers. The item has sold out just about everywhere, as consumers prepare for COVID-19. [...]

Challenging Times Ahead for Belize
There are two cases of COVID-19 in Belize, but the deadly virus is already having a toll on the way of life.  It is an enemy that attacks everyone from [...]

Opposition Leader Says Best Defense Against COVID-19 is Social Distancing
Opposition Leader John Briceño co-chairs the COVID-19 Task Force. Briceño today released a pre-recorded video message, addressing the challenging times that Belize and the population will be plunged into. As [...]

Briceño Says That “Days Ahead Will Not Be Easy”
According to Briceño, the task is daunting and the days ahead will not be easy. If the economy is to bounce back in the shortest possible time, the entire country [...]

Women Remanded for Harbouring Wanted Gang Member
Two women, who were charged on Thursday for Harbouring a Person Wanted by the Law for a Gang-Related Offense, have now joined that person behind bars after Justice Francis Cumberbatch [...]

Man Who Beat Murder Charge Now Accused of Attempted Murder
A man, who just got off a murder charge earlier this month and is facing attempted murder and other charges, was this morning told to apply for bail before the [...]

Delson Carrillo gets Bail for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse
Delson Carrillo today sought and was granted freedom while he waits for his case to be called to trial.  He is charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse, which means that [...]

Jason Hernandez Denied Bail for Stealing from Attorney
But a man, who allegedly broke into the law office of former Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley and stole artwork and miscellaneous items worth over two thousand dollars, was denied [...]

Police Shoot Burglar in the Foot!
Forty-one-year-old Kenrick Reneau was shot in the foot this morning. The resident of Consuelo Street was shot by police when he attempted to flee the scene of an attempted burglary. [...]

MOH to Explore Other Testing Capabilities in the Near Future?
Almost ninety samples from across the country have been tested for COVID-19. The samples are sent exclusively to the Central Medical Laboratory in Belize City, which is the only certified [...]

DHS on Healthcare Workers and Compensation
The Ask the Experts session by the Ministry of Health is a good source for COVID-19 updates. One of the issues that came up a couple times was the compensation [...]

DHS Calls for Stop to Discrimination Against Health Workers
Doctor Marvin Manzanero also raised concerns about health workers facing discrimination, as well as being aggressed by members of the public. He says that there are reported cases in the [...]

Will Our Neighbors’ COVID-19 Situation Affect Us?
And while many of us may be tired and frustrated by all the new measures put in place, they are necessary. Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that we may have to [...]

Keeping Kids Busy During COVID-19 Closures
As more stringent measures are put in place to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, life as we know it is different. With the closure of schools, lay-offs and work from [...]

COVID-19 and Resident Minors at Children Homes
Protocols have been installed at children’s homes across the country as the Ministry of Human Development prepares home managements for COVID-19. On average, COVID-19 is milder on children than it [...]

Liberty Foundation Protecting Its Staff and Resident Minors from COVID-19
Belize is currently in phase yellow and the virus is contained on San Pedro, where the first confirmed case infected her mother. Since then, there has been a nationwide quarantine [...]

BERT Ambulance is Prepared & Ready for COVID-19
The novel coronavirus has spread so quickly that the United States is now the country with the highest number of cases and the pandemic is wreaking havoc with the death [...]

Church Bells Ring as Pope Delivers Blessings in Response to COVID-19
At eleven a.m. Belize time; echoes of churches bells rang across the world. The Catholic churches joined in the event, at the request of Pope Francis, who delivered blessings from [...]


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Belize “under quarantine”
COVID-19 (coronavirus pandemic) has seized the world and turned it upside down, creating new social norms around the globe – no country is spared as nations brace themselves to resist the spread of COVID-19, which has seen its epicenter shift from China, where it was discovered, to Europe. It now threatens to explode in the United States, which the World Health Organization (WHO) warned today will become its new epicenter, as deaths in the US spike. In Belize, where two persons tested positive for the coronavirus, the government pulled out an old quarantine law, saying in a press release that the quarantine covers the entire country.

Some bus owners suspend runs
In the wake of social distancing guidelines set by government, which include a rule that prohibited more than 25 persons from congregating in an area at any one time (the maximum number of persons has been reduced further to 10) in an effort to combat the spread of COVID 19, some bus owners yesterday announced that they have suspended their runs to and from Belize City. The bus owners said that they were helping in combating the spread of the virus. During a press conference held today, Wednesday, the Prime Minister told the media that the bus owners were not able to generate any profits while limiting the number of passengers per trip to 25, and that the Transport Department was meeting with the bus owners in an effort to reach a compromise.

Second COVID-19 case confirmed
Prime Minister Dean O. Barrow and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. John Briceño, along with the chairs of the National COVID-19 Task Force, held a press briefing this afternoon at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Laing Building to update the country on the COVID-19 pandemic. PM Barrow began by announcing that he was laying a rumor to rest, that neither he nor the Leader of the Opposition was there to announce a lockdown of the entire country, although Barrow said they were not ruling that measure out as an option that could be resorted to at a later date, the PM asserted.

Sedi and Darrell join UDP leadership race
When the last United Democratic Party (UDP) party council meeting ended in disarray, Hon. Wilfred Elrington emerged from the meeting, telling reporters that democracy in the UDP was alive and well. Elrington, however, dodged the question when he was asked if he would submit his name as a candidate for the post of UDP leader. Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused the UDP to postpone their leadership convention, the list of candidates who have submitted their names to the party’s secretariat has been growing. There are now 5 persons in the race to lead the governing party, its chairman, Hon. Michael Peyrefitte, told News5 today, following the meeting of the Senate.

Woman charged for “Spreading False News” amid COVID 19 crisis
An arrest for “spreading false news” happened today in these 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.

Curfew imposed for children under 16
A regulation which was signed and enacted today, has established a curfew that requires children 16 years and under to remain indoors from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Children seen on the street must be along with an adult, and not alone. Commissioner of Police Chester Williams and Deputy Commissioner of Police Edward Broaster, in explaining the curfew arrangement to the public, said today that, “Parents and guardians are reminded that it is now an offence for minors, children 16 years and under, to be on the street or in public places unsupervised and without an adult from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 in the morning.”

State of emergency in San Pedro extended to 30 more days
The second Belizean who tested positive for the much feared coronavirus is the mother of a San Pedro woman who recently was confirmed to be the first person in the country to test positive for the virus. Both persons are currently in San Pedro. The daughter flew into Belize last Thursday from Los Angeles. The announcement that she had tested positive for the virus was made on Monday during a press brief held by Prime Minister Dean Barrow, and in the wake of the announcement, a state of emergency was declared in San Pedro for 72 hours, during which no one could enter the town, nor leave. The entire island has, in effect, been quarantined.

Shon Emmanuel, 22, dies in Melinda Road accident
Shon Dee Emmanuel, 22, a laborer of Hope Creek, Stann Creek District, lost his life in a road traffic accident at about 1:30 p.m. today. Emmanuel was riding his bicycle on the Melinda Road towards Marie Sharp Farm, and was in the company of a friend, who was riding a separate bicycle, when he was hit by a truck coming from the opposite direction.

BEL will keep Belize lighted, but customers should keep paying
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on, and in Belize, Belizeans were looking to the state-controlled utility companies to provide some relief measures during this crisis. That, however, may be wishful thinking. Today, the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) held a press conference to outline its policy during this period of crisis. BEL’s senior management explained to the media that while the company is prepared to keep the power on, it cannot absorb the cost of providing relief to its almost 100,000 customers.

Dorian Anthony, 43, dies in George Price Highway accident
The family of Dorian Anthony, 43, a laborer of North Creek, Belize City, who was the father of two children, is mourning his death, which occurred at about 10:30 yesterday morning, when he was traveling from Belize City to Hattieville with two of his associates, Dan Myvett and Gary Trapp , 57, a laborer of Boots Crescent, Belize City.

Editorial: Every mouth must be fed, and our economic system needs to serve all
Our planet is incredible, fantastic, staggeringly beautiful, but it is a dangerous place, with numerous contagious diseases, some of which are more debilitating or cause higher mortality rates than COVID-19, the latest virus to attack human beings. Fortunately, there are vaccines for a number of these terrible diseases, and so their capacity to wreak havoc in the world has been greatly diminished. What makes COVID-19 such a frightening threat is that it is very contagious, and persons can have it in their bodies but not fall ill — they have no symptoms and show no signs of having the virus.

Excerpts from a “COVID-19: Special alert” – on the downside of hand sanitizers
With the heightened focus on this looming crisis, we all have to be alert to the latest official information, and also to “sleep wid wi own eye.” The below excerpts were taken from a health newsletter, Easy Health Options [email protected] The newsletter, dated March 18, is written by a “Virginia Tims-Lawson; Founder, Peak Pure & Natural; Contributor, Easy Health Options.” While utilizing the newsletter to promote a health/nutrition product, Peak Organic Alkalizing Greens, the writer nevertheless makes some very interesting observations that are worth our consideration in doing our best to protect ourselves from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

What went wrong?
Over forty “Wanted” posters sit plastered across the Crime Stoppers Belize Facebook page, all of them displaying a wanted man’s photo, a brief description, the Crime Stoppers hotline number, and, in bold, white print: “Subject ___ wanted pending investigation for the crime of being the member of a gang for the purpose of committing serious offences.” After a thorough read-through of the many posters, certain patterns begin to stand out. For one, that though the persons on those posters are of varying complexions, different residencies, and even differing ages, they are all young, black males.

1972 football flashback – Amateur Sporting Cub (ASC)
Here is an interesting picture from way back that brings back some memories. We need some help with a couple names from this picture taken in Agua Dulce, Vera Cruz, Mexico in July, 1972. This was a year after the tragic sports accident in 1971 on the Western Highway that claimed 4 athletes’ lives – Gilroy Buller, Charles “Buki” Leslie, Kyrle “Old Man” Turton and Errol Clarke. Jaime Zaldivar was also badly burned in that accident, and ended up losing a leg to the surgeon’s knife. That 1971 trip was headed for Flores, Peten.

FFB and BDFA at odds over postponement of Elective Congress scheduled for Saturday at Princess Ramada
There is an uneasy and suspenseful situation currently in regards to relations between the Football Federation of Belize (FFB) Secretariat and the Chairman of its affiliate body, the Belize District Football Association (BDFA). The bone of contention? – The BDFA Ordinary Elective Congress, scheduled for this Saturday at Princess Ramada Hotel in Belize City. BDFA wants to postpone; FFB says no, the Congress is still on.

From Facebook post: “Kaya Cattouse is feeling sad.”
“Due to the latest press release from the Belize Press Office that stipulates that social gatherings are now limited to 25 persons, C-Ray Cycling Club has decided to postpone all Thursday and Saturday races until further notice.”

We need to utilize what we now describe as waste
It’s hard to offer ideas to our local leaders, because they traditionally block out all views that don’t emanate from within their camp, but in this desperate time we would hope that they change their ways and process quickly every idea generated in this country to see if it has merit, and, if it does, that they implement it posthaste. Belize shouldn’t be clutching at straws, but we are: we either become better, or we will suffer more than we need to. All of us know that we are wasteful, that we waste electricity, water, food, butane, gasoline, everything, to the detriment of the environment and to ourselves.

The end of an era
Readers, our world as we know it is rapidly coming to an end. The Covid-19 is now officially in Belize. Belize was one of the last seven countries to officially declare that citizens were infected with Covid-19. An old saying is that if you build your house on sand, it will not be strong or last a long time. For more than 40 + years I have complained that tourism as a foundation for our economy was wrong. Why? As Belizeans, we were putting half our eggs in one of two baskets. From since 1985 we have been spending hundreds of millions of dollars every year for infrastructural support for tourism.

COVID-19: Saving lives over money
It is no secret that I am an avid advocate for the calling of a state of emergency and a partial lockdown of Belize as a means of halting any exponential increase of COVID-19 infections in this country. I’m not in any way preoccupied by the justification of the naysayers, because I am firmly of the considered view, that prevention is better than cure. I take this stance based on undisputed facts and undisputed world events that are the lessons we must heed. For one, it is a fact that the virus cannot walk about and move about by itself, and therefore the only way it can move from Wuhan, China to Italy, and then eventually the USA, and now Belize, is because it was transported by someone here.

Jerome and Jewel: lovers reconcile and become engaged!
As the conversation had continued, it had emerged that Kiah was in competition for the title of “best student” with the girl referred to as the “regulator,” who was none other than Julia Sabal, the daughter of Mrs. Jessie Lopez Sabal, Miss Millicent’s helper/housekeeper.

COVID-19: Information is most essential to combating this pandemic
Dear Editor, I am writing this for the benefit of all my Belizean brothers and sisters, and also for the benefit of my medical colleagues — doctors, nurses, and other allied health professionals. Throughout our lives we are exposed to all kinds of infectious diseases, some more serious than others, that may need medical intervention, and for the most part can be resolved with complete cure. The outcome of these diseases depends on competent, accessible healthcare.

Message of hope from Sean Taegar
Dear Editor, With the new reality of COVID-19/coronavirus, we must keep our faith. Follow the guidelines of the health professionals and health organizations of staying home except for going out for essentials; wash your hands frequently with soap and water; don’t touch your face with unclean hands; practice social distancing, and clean surfaces.

Harlem Globetrotters icon Fred ‘Curly’ Neal dies at 77 years old
Harlem Globetrotters icon Fred “Curly” Neal has died at 77 years old. The Globetrotters confirmed that he died in his home outside of Houston early Thursday. His cause of death has not been confirmed. A star with the Globetrotters during their heyday, Neal played in more than 6,000 games with the team from 1963-85.

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Health workers face discrimination by members of the public
Health workers in Belize who are on the front line of this COVID-19 crisis are not being treated fairly. This time, it’s not mistreatment from the Government or any organization, it is from the public. In today’s edition of Ask the Expert, the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero explained that the health workers are being shunned at stores and are being discriminated against.

Darrell Bradley discusses COVID-19
Former Belize City Mayor and President of the Senate, Darrell Bradley was a guest on today’s Covid-19 Update Belize show on Love TV and Love FM. He spoke at length on the topic of how this virus affects Belize and Belizeans.

Darrell Bradley on running for UDP leadership
Yesterday, we told you the reason that former Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley has decided to run for UDP leadership. It was unexpected that he would re-emerge into politics, especially as party leader aspirant.

Ministry of Health procuring supplies and equipment
The Ministry of Health has been procuring supplies and equipment over the last few weeks including testing kits, ventilators, and protective gear. As we heard from the Prime Minister this week, several donations are being sent in to purchase resources and supplies.

Patient Zero and her mom are on the way to recovery from COVID-19
It has been almost five days since Patient Zero was declared a COVID-19 patient. Earlier this week, the patient’s mother was also diagnosed with COVID-19. The two women are reportedly in self-isolation and are recovering nicely. According to Dr. Marvin Manzanero and Dr. Russel Manzanero, health personnel is still conducting mapping, screenings, and testings.

Nurses Association concerned about healthcare providers
Tonight there are growing concerns among those in the Nurses Association of Belize as the reports are that nurses are not adequately informed of what their emergency plan is at their respective stations. Darrell Spencer, the president of the Nurses Association of Belize, spoke with Love News this morning about some of those hardships.

Belize City Council offers discounts on property taxes
The Belize City Council is continuing to employ measures in an effort to assist residents and business communities during this time. Due to the financial constraints brought on by the onset of COVID-19 in the country, CitCo is offering a relief package to all Property Taxpayers.

BSI contributes $250,000 to Belize’s national COVID-19 Relief
Belize Sugar Industries Ltd. (BSI), has announced that they will be contributing $250,000 to Belize’s national COVID-19 Relief. In a release was a quote from the Country Manager, Celestino Ruiz, which says, “Our donation will support the Government’s crucial work to protect the health and safety of all citizens as we join together to fight COVID-19.

Gear and resources for front line health workers have arrived
The personal protective equipment has arrived in Belize for the front liners in the health sector. These include the gears and resources they will need to ensure their safety when dealing with patients who may have contracted the COVID-19 strain.

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Department of the Environment reminds that burning of household waste is illegal
Today, the Department of the Environment (DOE) reminded the public that the burning of household […]

Fisheries Department announces changes in services due to COVID-19
Today the Fisheries Department announced its new measures in light of the national response to […]

Culture in the time of Covid: A View from the Caribbean
The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize […]

Five thousand test kits, over 7,000 personal protective equipment and additional ventilators to arrive shortly as Belize steps up Covid-19 containment efforts
In today’s “Ask the Experts” presentation, Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero reported that […]

BEL suspends all disconnections in San Pedro amidst Covid-19 measures
Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) issued a statement today saying that it assures customers and the […]

Marvin Manzanero: “Next 7-10 days critical” in fighting COVID-19
With the borders now sealed, the next 7 to 10 days are critical for assessment […]

Cases of COVID-19 stay at two; more samples tested
With a few samples being tested today, Belize’s number of cases of COVID-19 remains at […]

“Ask the Experts”: DHS warns against mockery of quarantine order
Director of Health Services Dr. Marvin Manzanero repeated his call to adhere to the recent […]

Social distancing measures not being adhered to at Belize City bus terminal, buses still carrying standees
BBN has confirmed that the social distancing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are […]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs suspends routine services
In support of the Government of Belize’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the […]

National parks closed under COVID-19 preventative measures
The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) announced today that as a part of the national response […]

Burglar shot by police at 3 am
A man was shot by police during an attempted burglary. The perpetrator has since been […]

SSB: Application for relief funds to be made available next week
The Social Security Board (SSB) informed the public that it is acting only as the […]

British Prime Minister, Health Secretary are first world leaders who have contracted COVID-19
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday he has tested positive for COVID-19, but remains […]

Global oil prices rise then fall as demand fears outweigh stimulus efforts
Global oil prices rose briefly at the start of trading this morning then fell sharply, […]

Keeping global food chains alive is crucial amid COVID-19 crisis
By QU Dongyu Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): The COVID-19 pandemic is putting enormous strains on the public health systems around the world, and millions of people in the world's most advanced economies are in some form of quarantine […]

Scotiabank rolls out COVID-19 prevention measures
Today, Scotiabank announced changes to its branch operations, as part of its efforts to protect […]

How is testing done for covid-19?
Health professionals around the world are grappling with the rapid spread of Covid-19. In Belize, […]

Police investigating boat fire in Belize City
Police are investigating the circumstances that lead to a boat fire in Belize City last […]

United Airlines provides repatriation flight for U.S. citizens
The United States Embassy in Belize’s Charge’ d Affaires, Keith Gilges informed US citizens in […]

Blogs

Giving your child the gift of travel!
As a first-time mom, I took my child on her first in-country trip at five months and on her first vacation to another country at 15 months. There is a joy to traveling with your children, but it does come with its challenges and additional expenses. I have found that traveling with my child within Belize is rather smooth. We are a tiny nation where we can easily traverse from the northernmost to the southernmost town in less than a day. From short plane flights, to bussing it on land and taking a water taxi to the cayes, traveling in Belize with my toddler is often a breeze.

Travel And The Coronavirus: Here’s What You Need To Know
The coronavirus showed up at the end of 2019 and continues to make its way around the globe. Now the virus news is changing so quickly it’s hard to know what to expect. Never assume that yesterday’s advice still applies today. Always check the CDC and the DOT for the latest information: 1. The U.S. Department of State (DOT) issues advisories and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issues travel notices. Their information is available all year, but it is especially important now. Because news is changing so quickly, travel advisories and notices are changing too. Here are some of the things to look for before making your plans.

Ode to A Belizean Potlicker: Mocha’s Dozen During the Quarantine
Our 30-day Island Quarantine IS the right time to foster 13 dogs in your home…right? At 3am last night, when I heard the first high pitched mini-howl (of the night), I wasn’t quite sure. Just about one week ago, potlicker Mocha and her 12 puppies – 3 weeks old at the time – moved into our house. This photo will either make you scream AWWWWWW! or really stress you out. They JUST started on mush (food and puppy milk mash) yesterday and really dove in.

10 Things You Will Need in Belize
Packing can be a hassle and stress when traveling. Make your life easier with this list provided, and make sure you have everything you need to spend your vacations in Belize. Your destination plays an important role in the outcome of your experience. Imagine forgetting your travel documents or sunscreen at a crucial period. This list will help guide you on what you truly need to bring to fully enjoy exploring Belize.

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Wearing gloves can actually increase your risk of catching coronavirus
A UK doctor is warning those stockpiling gloves amid the coronavirus outbreak that wearing them can increase the risk of catching the deadly bug, according to report. Dr. Simran Deo said that gloves can collect germs on the surface from infected people who cough or sneeze on them, the Mirror reported. “While gloves can protect your hands from coming into contact with these droplets, they will still remain on the surface of the gloves and may even last there for longer if they are not washed frequently, leading to an increased risk of catching the virus by touching your face or food with your gloves, as well as the risk of passing it on to others,” Deo told the outlet.

Coronavirus: Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating in Downing Street. He said he had experienced mild symptoms over the past 24 hours, including a temperature and cough, but would continue to lead the government. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had also tested positive while England's Chief Medical Officer, Prof Chris Whitty, has shown symptoms.

Hours for Caye Caulker Fuels
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Caye Caulker Humane Society Closes for awhile
As a result of the COViD-19 pandemic, the clinic of the Humane Society will also have to close its doors for at least the next 2 Saturdays. In case of an emergency you can message us on Facebook or call us on 639 0801 (also WhatsApp) and we do our best to help you and your pet as good as possible. Stay healthy everyone!

Nurse Tomasa G. Heredia passes away
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Nurse Tomasa Guillermina Heredia of Hall’s Layout, Corozal Town. The entire Heredia family extends their utmost gratitude to family and friends who have reached out in support during our time of grief. However at this time of public health emergency, we are asking family and friends to help us keep in line with social distancing as recommended by the Ministry of Health.

Free Coloring Books from World-Class Libraries & Museums
Another outlet for creativity while learning! Calling all coloring book lovers. You can now take part in #ColorOurCollections 2017–a campaign where museums and libraries worldwide will make available free coloring books, letting you color artwork from their collections and then share it on Twitter and other social media platforms. When sharing, use the hashtag #ColorOurCollections. Below you can find a collection of free coloring books, which you can download and continue to enjoy. If you see any that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments, and we’ll do our best to update the page.

The 7 Best New Travel Destinations to Daydream About While Social Distancing — Great Retreats are Coming
Located in the heart of Belize’s largest marine sanctuary, The Four Seasons Caye Chapel is the picturesque beauty we all need. The 2.5 mile island of Caye Chapel will feature a 100-room Four Seasons Resort as well as Four Seasons Private Residences and Estates. The uncrowded, remote island offers personalized service and the quintessential Four Seasons luxury amenities. Experience the best of island nature with a Conservations Institute, dive and adventure center, 18 hole golf course bustling Harbor and Marina village, gourmet restaurants and more.

Coronavirus In Latin America: Cases By Country
The variety of coronavirus cases continues to improve everyday, prompting governments around the world to institute measures to overcome the pandemic as people crowd hospitals and a lot-desired machines continues to be in short provide in some areas. Listed here are the bacterial infections costs for Latin American countries impacted by the virus.

Videos

  • Kudzae - Loyalty (Official Audio), 4min. Kudzae has a new song out. Loyalty. Awesome Belizean talent. Check it out.

  • Rhaburn the Ocelot has some purr-motor, 10sec. Rhaburn the ocelot never fails to make us laugh with his famous eating noises

  • Swimming with the sharks, .5min. Barrier Reef Belize, January, 2020 We were actually in Belize to train leadership on Advance Sports Local.

  • Belize - March 2020, 3.5min. This is a video documenting my recent EF Ultimate Break trip to Belize and the Mayan city of Tikal in Guatemala. Highlights included snorkeling at Hol Chan and Turneffe Atoll, tubing through a cave, Mayan ruins, chilling at the gorgeous Jaguar Reef Resort, and LOTS of delicious food!

  • Old Belize, 11.5min.

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  • Friday's ASK THE EXPERTS, min.

  • Traveller’s Ltd. is bringing a new product to market it’s called Sani-bel, 3min. Tonight a local rum factory has single-handedly solved the problem of the hand-sanitizer shortage. Yes, Traveller’s Ltd. is bringing a new product to market it’s called Sani-bel. In a swift switcharoo, G.O.B’s coronavirus task force has given Travellers clearance to switch from distilling rum to making hand sanitiser. Cherisse Halsall went onto the distillery floor this morning to find out about Traveller’s move to repurpose manufacturing facilities and keep providing employment for all its workers.

  • The Belize Medical Associates - will not be accepting COVID-19 patients, 26min. The Belize Medical Associates issued a press release yesterday to explain that they will not be accepting COVID-19 patients. We invited members from the management team to discuss this position and how they intend to serve the non COVID-19 health needs of the populace. They explained that it is a matter of logistics and that they physical layout of the institution does not allow them to care for COVID-19 patients. We talked with them about the new screening processes and what will be available to the public. On our couch: Dr. Victor Rosado - Management, Belize Medical Associates. Dr. Marcelo Coyi - Management, Belize Medical Associates.

  • Mental Health Therapist / Clinical Psychologist Practice & Tips, 33min. We invited the experts to help talk to children about COVID-19. Their main message to parents is to be honest with children and to include them in the preparations. They explained that there is a need to acknowledge what children are feeling and to help them establish a new routine that brings a sense of stability to them. They also suggest that you seek out age-related information that teaches them the necessary good hygiene practices and also helps them to process their emotions. On our couch: Deshane Lopez - Clinical Psychologist. Elicia Habet - Mental Health Therapist.

  • Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) - Update COVID-19, 43min. Dr. Joy St. John is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). She was our guest to share a regional perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked her to outline best practices from the experience of other regional members. Among the many things she discussed was the importance of strong and stern enforcement of the preventative measures instituted by Government to contain the spread of COVID-19 to other communities. She also talked about the importance of having the right messages to inform across target audiences.

  • CCP Belize - guidelines for cleaning your homes, offices and vehicles, 26min. Andre Mahler of CCP Belize was our guest to offer guidelines for cleaning your homes, offices and vehicles. CCP Belize offers professional cleaning services to a wide array of customers so he shared the do's and don'ts of effective maintenance and deep cleaning. He outlined surfaces that should be cleaned on schedule to reduce the risk of your exposure to COVID-19.

  • Belize Hotel Association - Update, 35min. Ted Tejada is the President of the Belize Hotel Association. He shared his perspective on the state of the hotel industry and how they are adjusting to survive the economic hit.

  • Dr. Ellsworth Grant of the Dangriga Cancer Center - COVID-19 Update, 27min. Cancer patients are listed among those that are at high risk for COVID-19 because their immune systems are already compromised. Dr. Ellsworth Grant of the Dangriga Cancer Center shifted today's show to advise patients on what they should be doing to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak. He also reassured that the Dangriga Cancer Center is prepared to continue to provide service to local patients and will continue to offer treatment during this period.

  • San Pedro on Friday, 10sec.

  • Public Address by Corozal Mayor Rigo Vellos, 5min.

  • Dec 2011 ( Belize Vacation Part 1), 23min.

  • Dec 2011 ( Belize Vacation Part 2), 12min.

  • Cayos de Belice (Caye Belize) - Marzo 2020, 21min. Si quieres transportarte al Mar Caribe es mejor que veas este video patrocinado por Viajes Aventura Maya y Producido por Úraga Studio, junto a nuestros amigos de Asodisfarma en Guatemala

  • Belize 2020 Video, 4min. Awesome trip to Belize! Footage from San Ignacio, San Pedro, and Caracol Mayan Ruins. Amazing place, amazing people!

  • I Got Stuck on the Zipline in Belize!!!, 13min. Belize zipline fail!!! Tour Belize went to an ancient ruin, ziplining and cave tubing!


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