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The San Pedro Sun
BCG Commandant retracts comments regarding people returning to Ambergris Caye
On Monday April 6th, the head of the Belize Coast Guard (BCG) Captain Elton Bennett stated during a television talk show that there is no limitation based on a private vessel moving at sea with a purpose, going so far as to say that persons planning to travel to Ambergris Caye can do so if they have a valid reason. This information raised concerns on the island, as cases of COVID-19 have increased on the mainland. While the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), voiced their disagreement on the idea to have free movement between the Cayes and the mainland, Commandant Bennett quickly changed his position after he was provided with information from the latest amended Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 47 2020, which prohibits people from traveling within districts.
Governor General swears in Acting Chief Justice Michelle Arana and Ombudsman Lionel Arzu
Acting Chief Justice Michelle Arana makes history as the first female to be appointed to this post in Belize. Also sworn in for another term is Ombudsman Lionel Arzu.
25 Latin American and Caribbean countries coordinate to support the regular functioning of the food system during the COVID-19 crisis
25 Latin American and Caribbean countries expressed their commitment to coordinate the supply of sufficient, safe and nutritious food for the 620 million inhabitants of the region during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over 450 persons arrested countrywide for breaching curfew regulations
Despite urgent pleas to stay home during the COVID-19 crisis in Belize, 458 people have been arrested countrywide for breaking curfew, being out past 8PM and before 5AM.
Some construction sites allowed to operate despite restrictions set by island authorities
Ambergris Caye joins the rest of the country in a State of Emergency following an increase in cases of COVID-19. Free movement during certain hours of the day and the banning of certain activities have been set in place to mitigate the spread of the deadly disease. To further ensure the safety of islanders and to encourage social distancing and staying at home, the San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) extended some stringent regulations, also prohibiting activities like fishing and construction. Despite such rules announced by SPTC, specific construction projects are being allowed to continue in different parts of the island, while others remain grounded.
Drought Conditions Expected Through September In Belize
The National Meteorological Service (NMS) of Belize hereby informs the general public that the seasonal rainfall forecast for April to September 2020 is showing a probability of drier than usual conditions across much of the country.
Various Belizean Sources
Closure of the Belmopan City Council Office
In alignment with the guidelines and press releases from the Government Press Office and Ministry of Health, and in an effort to safeguard members of the public and our staff during this ongoing COVID-1g pandemic, the Belmopan City Council hereby informs the general public thatThursday, April gth 2020 will be the final business day for the month of April. The prevailing circumstances will be assessed at the end of April to determine whether business will resume as normal on Monday, May 4th 2020.
We strongly encourage anyone with a driver's license or vehicle license which expires in the month of April to take advantage of the opportunity to renew on Thursday, April 8th.
Temporary Closure of the Vital Statistics Unit
The Attorney General’s Ministry hereby informs the public of the temporary closure and suspension of services offered by or at the Vital Statistics Unit, effective immediately.
Tentatively, the office will re-open to the public on April 20, 2020.
This temporary suspension of services and closure is imminent taking into consideration the current state of affairs in the wake of COVID-19. The office apologizes for this closure, but it is necessary to safeguard the staff and to prevent persons from having to be outside for the duration of the state of emergency.
Governor General Swears In Ombudsman and Acting Chief Justice
In a brief ceremony held today, April 7th, at the Belize House in Belmopan, the Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young swore in Justice Michelle Arana as Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize.
Mr. Lionel Arzu was also sworn in today for another term as Ombudsman. Mr. Arzu has served as the Ombudsman since 2012.
Development Finance Corporation Offices to close
Effective April 7, 2020 our offices countrywide will be closed but we're still serving you remotely!
Belize Observes World Health Day
April 7th of each year marks the celebration of World Health Day. From its inception at the First Health Assembly in 1948 and since taking effect in 1950, the celebration, through a specific theme, has aimed at creating awareness of a priority area of concern for the World Health Organization.
The theme for World Health Day 2020 is to support nurses and midwives, highlighting their contribution in making the world a healthier place.
Candlelight Vigil Thursday night for Frontline Workers
Join the country and show support to all of our frontline workers! Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 p.m.
We are asking the entire country to join us on Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 PM by turning off the lights in your home, then come outside on your porch, step or yard and light a candle or hold up a light for five minutes in honor of our frontline workers.
On that day, please take pictures of you and your family while holding up your candles/lights, post it on facebook and hashtag the Love Foundation Belize.
NEW OPENING HOURS FOR "LAGUNA SECA" AND "PUEBLO NUEVO FERRY"
THE MINISTRY OF WORKS WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THE NEW OPENING HOURS FOR "LAGUNA SECA" AND "PUEBLO NUEVO FERRY" AS OF WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8TH. FROM 7AM TO 12 NOON, DAILY.
APOLOGIES TO ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED BY THIS SITUATION, BUT IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE CONTROL OF THE CORONA VIRUS IN OUR COUNTRY. ANY FURTHER CHANGES IN REGARDS TO THE FERRIES WILL BE COMMUNICATED TO THE COMMUNITY.
The Pink Moon on Corozal Bay this evening April 7TH, 2020
PRODUCED LOCALLY - Call 223-2855 for wholesale orders of Sani-Bel hand sanitizer by Travellers Liquors.
Sami-Bel hand sanitizer is also available at www.belizeon.com, G&G, Twins and SAV-U supermarkets in Belize City.
BEL Suspends Printed Bills
Belize Electricity Limited advises customers that the delivery of printed bills is suspended until further notice as a precautionary safety measure.
Supplies Delivered Around Cayo
The Cayo Chinese consortium teamed up with the SISE TC to get much needed supplies to families around Cayo. Thanks to all involved in this marvelous community effort!
"Chinese community along with SISE Town Council giving back to those in need within the twin towns. Stay Safe!"
THE FAKE XTABAY:
(Legends of Tekal of Venegas)
Passing the corner of the store the "El Mosquito", along the old road to the San Isidro estate is a square known as Chen Kaj, in Mayan well of the village, there was a leafy ceiba, which according to the advice of Grandparents shelter their branches this matter.
On this course lived a newly formed marriage of a widower with single woman, who at the same time as beautiful, was the pupil of the old widower, who fulfilled all his whims.
One day, the lady decided to stop wearing her Mayan huipiles, and use fashion of the village dzules, the new catrina was bought several dresses among those white silk, which she wore on Saturday afternoon when she attended the Hail in the village church.
Traditional Yucatec recipes of the Cocina Yucateca cookbook published in 1980 in Merida, Mexico
This beautiful book by Lucrecia Ruz is a tour of the stories and flavors of Yucatan, which are not limited to the already well-known pibil pibil, panuchos, salbutes and papadzules.
COVID Patient #7 Transferred To Isolation Unit
Tonight, Belize's COVID 19 patient #7 is at the isolation unit of the KHMH, which is reserved for critical care COVID 19 patients. He was transferred from Belmopan's Western Regional Hospital last night - and his admission to the KHMH clearly indicates that he needs a higher level of care.
But, he is not on a ventilator. This afternoon on "Ask the Experts," The Director of Health Services gave a briefing on patient 7's condition. He started with patient #6, another San Ignacio resident who is at home with no major symptoms. Unlike patient 7, he has a known connection to patient #4. The DHS says they found him through contact tracing:
DHS Manzanero: Patient 1 Had No Contact With Patient 4
And so while patient 7 is conscious and not on a ventilator, three Ministry of Health teams in San Ignacio are tracing his contacts. And, contact tracing also has to do with rumour tracing. This weekend, after Hubert Pipersburgh died, that meant following a social media story that Pipersburgh and patient 1 had contact at a birthday party in San Ignacio on the day she arrived in the country, March 19th. The story went that this was being kept a secret from health authorities, so that she would not be charged for violating her quarantine.
Manzanero Refutes Claim of Contact By Recinos
And turning from rumour to allegation, Dr. Manzanero gave a brief, but pointed reply to the allegation Maria Estella Recinos. She's Hubert Pipersburgh's grieving wife, and she claimed that on March 27th, she called Dr. Manzanero, who she knows personally and asked him to take a Covid19 test on her husband. She claims, quote, "Dr. Manzanero told me my husband doesn't qualify to take the test. I was surprised as symptoms point out that it wasn't any simple infection."
Today, Manzanero said it's untrue:
PPE Inventory Under Lockdown Due To Siphoning
Turning now to what's next - which is the continued, sustained response to COVID-19, the Prime Minister stressed yesterday evening that there are ample tests available and a stockpile of PPE's.
Here's his statement made 24 hours ago:
"We have a number, an ample number of testing kits for the moment. We are in the process of procuring more, so a part from the ramped-up sampling and testing that we will do in the Cayo District..."
# Of COVID Tests Available?
Today, Dr. Marvin Manzanero provided specifics on how many COVID-19 tests are available, and how many are on order:
"Yesterday when I checked we had 732 tests that we could still do and we are still pending 3,000 more tests to come in and we had requested for 15,000 more tests that are pending are processed..."
303 Tests Performed
And while Manzanero outlined the number of testing kits that are stored up and on under, we also have an update on the number of COVID-19 tests that have been performed.
The latest figures show that 303 tests have been performed, 296 of them were negative and 7 of them were positive.
Manzanero Not Convinced On Mask Strategy
The Director of Health Services also commented on one other area of public interest - and that is the use of masks. In many other countries, use is widespread, and it is said to contain the spread of the coronavirus. But, in Belize, their use has not been encouraged by the Ministry of Health and Manzanero explained why today:
First Woman CJ Sworn
3 weeks ago, we told you how Justice Michelle Arana was about to be elevated to the post of Acting Chief Justice of Belize. Well, that appointment became official today at a small ceremony in Belmopan.
Justice Arana was sworn into office by the Governor-General, Sir Colville Young, at the Belize House. She now formally takes over from the former Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin, who attained the age of retirement at 65 in March.
Number of Curfew Arrests Drops
After hundreds were locked up this weekend for violating the curfew, last night was a little better: 60 persons were picked up countrywide.
Cops Engaged In Depraved Act of Sexual Coercion
First, our next story is not suitable for kids. So, if they are watching, either excuse them from the room, or change the channel.
It's about a gross police abuse, allegedly during curfew hours. At least two police officers are said to have gotten up to this most depraved of activities, orchestrating what can only be called a Police sanctioned rape of two adults.
Bus Runs in Jeopardy With Nat'l SOE
At the start of the COVID-19 scare in Belize, just before the first confirmed case of the coronavirus was detected, we told you how there was a disruption in the regular services. Bus companies were already prepared to discontinue operations until further notice. But, the Ministry of Transport was able to smooth things over with the operators countrywide for the re-establishment service. This weekend, the bus operators announced again that they would stop running after Sunday.
Students Stranded On The Outside?
On Sunday Belize extended the closure of its borders to apply even to citizens. It's a controversial decision but one that the Prime Minister assured was completely legal.
And it's had a major effect on those in the diaspora, many who just got stuck, and the hundreds of Belizean students studying abroad.
The only choice they have now is to sit out the pandemic in foreign countries that may just be very far from home. Cherisse Halsall reports:
Cuban Medical Brigade Deployed
Turning back now to the national response to COVID 19, The Director of Health Services today informed that the Cuban Medical Brigade of 62 health professionals is out of quarantine and deployed to the field. He outlined where they are going:...
Who Can Intubate?
And, the internal medicine specialists from among those Cubans - may also be key in assisting critical patents with intubating for mechanical ventilation. Belize has a limited number of doctors who can do it, and Dr. Manzanero said do it remotely by camera instruction:
Making Masks For Police
Last week, we showed you how local companies were switching things up the solve the country's shortages in hand sanitizer and personal protective equipment in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
Well tonight, we report on another business entity that has repurposed its operations to manufacture masks. That company is known as Aligraphics Limited, which specializes in printing. They began exploring the idea of producing face guards about 2 weeks ago, and right now, they have a massive order to mass produce face guards for the police department.
Mayor Forfeits Salary Due To COVID Financial Crunch
In all the news about COVID 19, we didn't update you on the mayor's COVID test. He tested negative for the virus - important. Because Hubert Pipersburgh - who died from it - was his economic advisor.
And while that is one great relief for the mayor, he still has many troubles ahead. Like most municipal bodies, the city council is in a financial vise. Employees have gone on half pay and the mayor told us on Friday that he is on no pay. Here's his phone video interview via ZOOM:..
More COVID Cuts, Belize Bank Slashes Salaries
The Belize Bank is also announcing across the broad cuts. A release from the Bank today says, quote, "The Belize Bank is strongly placed to weather the Coronavirus storm. We are a well-capitalized financial organization with extremely robust systems and have made extensive contingency plans in response to the significant challenges that the country is currently undergoing. Nonetheless, we will continue to be adversely affected."
Philoughby Helping With Holdover Supplies
And while Citco employees and Belize Bank employees have had to take a pay cut, others in the City who have fallen on hard times are receiving subsidies in the form of food packages. We followed UDP standard bearer Phillip Willoughby today as he handed out eggs and beans to serve as holdovers for those waiting patiently for long-awaited government assistance.
Phillip Willoughby, UDP Std. Bearer, Port Loyola"
"What you see here is something that is ongoing with a view to help the wider Port Loyola constituency..."
Dr. Sergio's Story Pt 2
And continuing our COVID-19 coverage, the United States is preparing for the most COVID deaths this week. According to the Washington Post, Ttday the US reported more than 1,800 coronavirus-related fatalities, a new one-day high, with some states still to release their totals.
Belizean American doctor Sergio Garcia, Dr. Sergio Garcia, a critical care specialist with en emphasis in pulmonary medicine is on the frontline of that war in Oklahoma. This weekend via video call, he told us how he has been handling all the trauma and loss associated with the corona virus:
Vital Stats Closes
If you thought the COVID-19 downtime would be the break you needed to waste a day in line at vital stats, think again. The Vital Statistics Unit is temporarily closed.
Police Allegedly Force Man and Woman to Have Sex While They Recorded
A state of emergency, amid the coronavirus crisis, remains in effect for the entire country of Belize. The police are expected to enforce the law but tonight, many are questioning [...]
P.U.P. Outraged About Video; Officers Should Be Removed from Department
Late this evening, the People’s United Party issued a statement in respect of the graphic video about which the complainant spoke at the top of the news. The P.U.P. says [...]
COVID-19 Patient 7 Hospitalized at the K.H.M.H.
The Ministry of Health conducted thirty-five tests on Monday, all of which resulted negative for the COVID-19 virus. So far, three hundred and three persons have been screened and thirty-one [...]
Patients 1, 2 & 3 to be Swabbed
According to Doctor Marvin Manzanero, while patient seven is hospitalized at the K.H.M.H., he is doing well. Patient one and two are recovering in San Pedro Town and are expected [...]
MOH to Ramp Up Testing; More Test Kits on the Way
The Ministry of Health says that it will step up its COVID-19 testing. Director of Health Services, Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that they are expanding their screening efforts as they [...]
Equipment List for COVID-19
There are many questions on people’s minds. Are there enough ventilators, personal protective gears or test kits? As you’ve heard and seen, the pandemic is always evolving and so is [...]
Cayo District Locks Down for Fourteen Days Beginning Tonight
Of the seven confirmed cases, the Cayo District accounts for three COVID-19 infections, including one deceased person. So at eight tonight, that district goes on lockdown to prevent the spread [...]
Cayo Mayor Says G.O.B. Should Provide Monthly Grants to Councils
Mayors across the country are facing financial problems created by the impact of the COVID-19. Like businesses, councils are not able to conduct business and collect revenues. The entire Cayo [...]
Belize Bank Committed to Well-being of Employees, Customers and Communities During Crisis
The impact on the economy resulting from the virus is being felt across the country; in fact, one indicator is the number of persons who are jobless and applying for [...]
DHS Says “It Wasn’t Me!”
On Monday we reported on the death of fifty-five-year-old Hubert Pipersburgh, the Economic Advisor to the Belize City Council, who died as a result of complications related to the COVID-19. [...]
Are Frontline Medical Personnel Prepared to Respond to COVID-19?
COVID-19, that’s what the Belize Medical and Dentist Association said today. On Monday the association sent out a release sharing the concerns of doctors, nurses and other medical staff on [...]
BMDA Calls for Better Communication for Medical Workers to Respond COVID-19
In our interview with Doctor Atanacio Cobb, he shared that the problem appears to be a lack of communication from top managers to clinicians and other workers on the ground. [...]
COVID-19 Patient 6 Says He is Doing Well
Patient Six remains in self-isolation in his home in San Ignacio Town. The middle-aged male is believed to have contracted COVID-19 from patient four, Hubert Pipersburgh, who died from the [...]
Public’s Cooperation Needed to Battle COVID-19
To defeat the COVID-19 Prime Minister Dean Barrow says that the public’s full cooperation is needed. Doctor Marvin Manzanero’s team will be boosted by health professionals from the private sector [...]
60 More Persons Arrested for Breaking S.O.E. Regulations
Sixty more persons were arrested on Monday night for breaking the rules declared under the State of Emergency Powers Regulations. According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, thirty-nine persons were [...]
What About Repeat Violators of the State of Emergency, Curfew?
Police are under scrutiny for the way some have been conducting arrests during the state of emergency. One resident told News Five outside the courthouse on Monday that he was [...]
Police Officer Charged for Dangriga Resident’s Death
A police officer has been charged for the tragic death of Dangriga resident Giovanni Villafranco. Corporal Elton Alexander Elijio is charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, negligent grievous [...]
Justice Michelle Arana is Belize’s First Woman CJ
Madam Justice Michelle Arana is the first woman in Belizean history to hold over as presiding judge of the Supreme Court. This morning, at Government House in Belmopan, she was [...]
The Experts Give Their Take on Use of Protective Gears for Public and Frontline Workers
One more issue from Ask the Experts. To wear a mask or not to a wear a mask – it’s the question that’s on most people’s mind at some point [...]
Mandatory Use of P.P.E.s for Police Officers
Even though several officers are under fire for questionable and deplorable behaviour during the state of emergency and curfew, there are others who are holding their own as frontline persons [...]
Protecting the Homeless During COVID-19 Crisis
In Belize City, one of the efforts to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus involves the vulnerable homeless population. A number of agencies are collaborating and have picked up [...]
Belizean American Shares Story of Battling COVID-19
There is a large group of Belizeans living in the US which has become the epicenter for the novel coronavirus. Belizeans now wishing to return home are not able to [...]
Update on the medical supplies brought into the country as part of the COVID-19 response
A variety of medical supplies recently landed in Belize for the use of the health facilities as part of the COVID-19 response. Lizett Bell is the Director of Policy Planning and Project Management in the Ministry of Health. She provided a listing of the supplies they have procured to date including those on the way to Belize.
MOH expanding the number of tests being carried out for COVID-19
In today’s Ask the Expert, the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero explained that they are expanding the number of tests being carried out for COVID-19. He explained that even health care workers who are displaying flu symptoms as well as random testing for frontline workers.
Director of Health Services speaks on the mapping processes across the country
The mapping process in the COVID-19 pandemic has been described as challenging by the Director of Health Services. Earlier today, Dr. Manzanero spoke of the extent of mapping health officials have conducted with the seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize.
Patient 7 speaks to the media about his experience
Patient 7 who is the last to be confirmed to date, is 28-year-old media personnel of San Ignacio Town, Cayo District. Reports reaching our news centre are that Patient Seven may have gotten infected at the Western Regional Hospital. He spoke with us this afternoon on the origin of the infection and his current symptoms.
Did the family of Patient Four lie on the Director of Health?
55-year-old Hubert Pipersburgh lost his fight against COVID-19 on Sunday. As we reported yesterday, the patient’s wife, Maria Estella Recinos issued a statement on Facebook with a timeline of Pipersburgh’s illness.
ComPol gives update on latest murders
Yesterday, the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, gave an update on the two murders that occurred over the past week. The first was 57-year-old Raymond Cherestral who was killed on the morning of April 2 in Ladyville, Belize District.
Elderly man beaten by police officers
The public has expressed their outrage at a video that surfaced on social media, purportedly showing the police using excessive force on individuals in Belmopan. It then became apparent that 78-year-old Alejandro Chaves was badly beaten in the process.
Police officer charged for car accident that killed one
Giovanni Villafranco, a resident of Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District, was killed after he was involved in a road traffic incident on Sunday, just before 6pm. Villafranco was driving a motorcycle with another passenger when he collided into the passenger side of a 4Runner.
Belize Peace Movement wants transparency in death of COVID-19 patient
The Belize Peace Movement (BPM), like many other Belizeans, are asking for answers in the death of Hubert Pipersburgh, the first patient to die from COVID-19 in Belize. The BPM stated via a press release that, based on a statement given by Pipersburgh’s wife, there were some aspects of his case that do not adding up.
Belize’s first female acting Chief Justice sworn in
Belize now has its first female acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize. Justice Michelle Arana was sworn in today by Governor General H.E. Sir Colville Young at the Belize House in Belmopan City.
Patient Six Speaks Out On Their Symptoms And Mapping Excercise
To date, Belize has confirmed seven cases of COVID-19. The last three confirmations came over the weekend with one in Corozal and two in San Ignacio. Yesterday we spoke with Patient Three who says he...
Patient Three speaks on his COVID-19 experience
The third person to have tested positive for COVID-19 is a 38-year-old man of Belize City who remains under self-isolation. Love News spoke with him earlier today on his current condition and the ordeal of having the virus.
Belize Confirms three new COVID-19 cases
In the last fifteen days, Belize has confirmed seven cases of COVID-19. Two of them are on Ambergris Caye; one in Belize City; one in Corozal and three in San Ignacio Town. The most recent three confirmed cases were announced over the weekend.
Ministry of Transport creates new Bus schedule
The Bus Terminal in Belize City was closed over the weekend, surprising many Belizeans. Minister of Transport, Edmund Castro spoke about this matter on our COVID-19 Update Belize show yesterday. He stated that limited bus runs would be authorized to create a backbone in the transport system.
First COVID-19 death in Belize
Belize City Council’s Economic Advisor, Hubert Pipersburgh, is the first person to have died after being infected with COVID-19. The 55-year-old Belizean American was tested positive on April 3, 2020, and by Sunday, April 5, Pipersburgh lost his fight against COVID-19.
Roaring Creek Bridge closed for non-essential purposes
This morning, Love News received information that the Roaring Creek Bridge would be closed to non-essential workers. This bridge, which has been under construction for months, was just opened to vehicles on March 20.
ComPol clarifies charges under State of Emergency
Today, the police department issued a memo clarifying the charges they have levied against persons who are found breaching the laws that govern the nationwide State of Emergency. It is not simply a matter of breaking the curfew, but rather, there are various charges a person may face if found on the streets after 8pm.
PM Locks down the entire Cayo District
The National Oversight Committee on COVID-19 met online earlier today to discuss further actions in light of the first fatality and three additional cases detected over the weekend. The Prime Minister delivered an address late this evening on new measures being implemented including the lockdown of the entire Cayo District with limited movements allowed.
Almost 400 persons arrested during State of Emergency
The State of Emergency was placed in effect on April 1, 2020. Since then three hundred and ninety-eight persons have been arrested for breaching its regulations.
Breaking Belize News
Tiger King’s husband, Dillon Passage, rates Belize experience; hopes to return
The highly-rated and super salacious Netflix true-crime documentary series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness” tells […]
PUP demand investigation into disturbing allegations against police officers
The People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement today demanding an investigation into allegations against […]
Top-level management at Belize Bank takes 20 percent pay cut
The Belize Bank announced today that upper-level management will be taking a 20 percent reduction […]
Why Consider Belize to Invest, Live or Retire?
Belize lives up to its reputation as a tropical paradise. Known for its ancient Maya […]
Police officer charged for fatal traffic accident
Police officer, Elton Elijio, has been charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless […]
San Pedro resident charged for possession of controlled drug
San Pedro resident, Dray Mossiah, was arrested and charged for possession of controlled drugs with […]
National Gas Company appeals to Belizeans to stay home to help fight COVID-19
The National Gas Company (Belize) Ltd. (NGC), has joined the ranks of entities appealing for […]
Belmopan City Council closing for the month of April
The Belmopan City Council announced today that it will be closing all operations for the […]
Governor General swears in Ombudsman and acting Chief Justice
In a brief ceremony held today at the Belize House in Belmopan, the Governor-General, Colville […]
Vital Statistics Unit closes office
The Attorney General’s Ministry informs of the temporary closure and suspension of services offered by […]
Minister of Health: Patient 7 transferred from Western Regional to KHMH
This morning, Minister of Health Pablo Marin informed the public that a total of 35 […]
60 people charged for violating the state of emergency regulations
The Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams informed this morning that a total of 60 people […]
6 Reasons Not to Cancel Your Belize Trip after Coronavirus
But, skeptics agree that there is a light at the end of this long tunnel. What can you do while the world waits for coronavirus to morph from pandemic to history? Look on the bright side and list your own personal reasons to not cancel your Belize trip.
The Caribbean Now Has Over 3,700 Cases Of The New Coronavirus
The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to climb steadily across the entire Caribbean region with the number of confirmed cases as of last night surpassing 3,700.
An analysis of the latest reported number of cases by News Americas Monday night showed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases was at 3,759. That’s up from 2,968 on Friday.
The number of deaths across the region is now at 166, up from 115 on Friday. The number of new deaths on Monday was 12 with Belize and Bermuda recording their first deaths from the virus. Belize had one and Bermuda, 2. Only 12 countries now in the region have reported no deaths to date even though they have confirmed cases.
Belize nominated for Best Destination in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers Choice Award!
We have some good news to share during these uncertain times: Belize has been nominated for Best Destination in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers Choice Award! As the tourism industry grapples with the current situation, this is the best time to vote for Belize as Best Destination to help promote the Belize tourism product.
Here’s how you can vote for your country to win:
1.Click the link and select “Vote” on the “countries” tab.
2.Sign up and enter details.
3.Search for “Belize” as the location.
4. Complete Survey.
We encourage all fellow Belizeans to share with friends so they can vote, too!
Around the Caribbean...
Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves says his Administration plans to bring home Vincentian sailors who have been stranded on cruise and other ships due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
“There are Vincentians who are still out there who want to come home, just as Vincentians, overwhelmingly, took the opportunity to come home between the 18th and the 28 [of March] when we had the last flight,” said Prime Minister Gonsalves on the weekend.
Belize With Tiger King’s Husband, Dillon Passage
In this edition of Gay-Listers Guide, Dillon Passage, the soon-to-be 23-year-old husband of current pop culture sensation Joe Exotic, better known as “Tiger King,” gives us an inside look at his recent trip to Belize.
"I visited Belize in December of 2019 with a close family friend, Anne, who is basically like a grandmother to me. The water there was absolutely beautiful and like nothing I had ever seen before. Being near the ocean has always been my happy place so getting the opportunity to travel there was life changing and gave me a chance to clear my head while dealing with a stressful situation back home."
Channel 5 Obituaries - HERIBERTO "HILARIO OR LARO", 1.5min.
Belize Barrier reef, 4min. Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef in deep water 2018.
Financial Relief Registration Form Tutorial, 2.5min. Here's a short video to help guide you to properly complete your Financial Relief Registration form.
Tuesday's Ask the Experts, 52min.
Birding with Victor in Belize, 4min. Educational Adventures with Jungle Jolly: Community Based Conservation in Maya Center and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Night Diving in Belize, 3.5min.
Day Diving Belize, 5min.
Belize 2020, 3min. A little video put together of our great time going through San Ignacio and Caye Caulker.
Hunting Agouti in belize, 4min.
A Mayan experience in Belize, 12min. Being invited into a Mayan household and learning about the everyday life of Mayan family, food, making chocolate and weaving.
Belize Honeymoon, 27min. Danio and Gernae finally get to take their honeymoon after 6 years of marriage!!! Listen to our adventure maneuvering ferries, golf carts, and sailing in Belizean waters. We got to try authentic cuisine, tour with natives, and pet a mountain cow!