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The San Pedro Sun

Over 200 mainland residents evacuate Ambergris Caye
Another group of mainland residents evacuated San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, on Saturday, April 18th, via two large San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi boats. This group of people returning to their mainland communities totalled 206, including adults and children. The evacuation was coordinated by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ministry of Human Development, and the National Emergency Management Organization. These persons have been stranded on the island since March 23rd when they lost their jobs due to the abrupt halt in the tourism industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Various Belizean Sources

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How Caribbean Businesses Can Cope with the Coronavirus
Zoom Webinar, Monday, April 20, 2020 at 12 PM – 1 PM. Join our panel of experts for a discussion on the what the private sector can do in the face of the pandemic. Register for this webinar here: https://bit.ly/3cohcsB. Hosted by Inter-American Development Bank. Panelists: Orlando Ferreira, IDB Invest. Zulfikar Ally, American Chamber of Commerce of Guyana. Allison Peart, Peart Advisory Services Ltd. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Bedford Baker Group. Moderator: Golda Lee Bruce, IDB Caribbean Department.

San Pedro Town Council Hours
The San Pedro Town Council hereby informs the general public that its offices will be open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. •Starting April 20, 2020. •Social distancing will be exercised and monitored. •Wear a face mask when visiting any of our offices. •Hand sanitizer will be accessible for anyone to use. •Only a limited amount of people will be allowed to enter the offices (limited to no more than 10 persons).

San Pedro Covid-19 patients have now tested negative
Belize has two fewer COVID-19 confirmed cases. According to reliable sources, patients #1 & #2, a woman and her mother from San Pedro have tested negative, 27 days after patient #1 had her positive test. They have not developed major symptoms at any time during their illness and have not required hospitalization. A release issued later by the Office of Health Services clarified that this doesn't mean they have recovered, as the definition of recovery is TWO consecutive negative tests, and they just have had one negative test.

COVID-19 UPDATE
This is our data up until 3 pm. We had waited until the laboratory results for today were out although those numbers are not reflected in this update as the cut off time for when the data is plugged into the infographic remains at 3 pm. However, given a flagged concern of a possible case at KHMH, we can concern that that result is negative for SARS-CoV2. The understanding of this desk is that the reason why the patient was intubated and the his reason for admission at KHMH differs from what has been reported elsewhere. (The KHMH may be releasing a separate note on this matter)

Donations to Caye Caulker
As we all know, COVID 19 came upon us before we even had time to prepare. The business community had countless emergency meetings to try and figure out how we can ensure that we do our part to assist the islanders in this time of need. Fortunately, the chair Lady, health team and the business community moved fast to put an action plan in place that complimented the efforts of the village council. However, as donations could never be enough when the whole community has no source of income and is on lock down, The voice of caye caulker was reached by an anonymous donor who graciously donated 100 bags of food containing the basic necessities such as flour, beans, rice , sugar. Cooking oil and bath soap.

CHANGES FOR SMOOTHER OPERATION OF FOOD PANTRY DISTRIBUTION FOR MONDAY, APRIL 20TH
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation in conjunction with the operators of the Food Pantry Distribution Centres, have made changes for the smoother distribution of the food packages. In the wake of concerns over social distancing raised by crowds gathering to collect 'pantry' late last week, the Ministry of Human Development has announced a new system based on last names. Starting tomorrow Monday, April 20, 2020 the distribution will be done based on surnames. The same system will be operated at all the distribution centres. It is expected that with this new system they will be able to cut down on the amount of persons being at the distribution centres on any given day.

Need to leave Caye Caulker and get home?
Good Morning Everyone. Caye Caulker Remains CoviD19 free. Thank you for Staying home.. On another note; it has been brought to our Attention that there are several persons on the island who got stuck here since the initial shutdown and want to go home. Please feel free to contact Us at the Health Center 226-0166, 668-2547, or 600-9539 or the Caye Caulker Village Council at 226-0043 The Caye Caulker Village Council office is only open limited hours so please feel free to inbox us if you would like to leave the island. We would need your full name, a contact number and the address of your final destination.

LADYVILLE/LORDS BANK COVID19 COMMITTEE
FORMER & CURRENT VILLAGE LEADERS LED BY ALBERT MAGDALENO COME TOGETHER IN BELIZE RURAL CENTRAL TO FORM THE LADYVILLE/LORDS BANK COVID19 COMMITTEE TO DISTRIBUTE FOOD ASSISTANCE TO THOSE IN NEED!!!

Man found dead in Willows Bank home
А mаn wаѕ fоund dеаd іn hіѕ hоmе іn Wіllоwѕ Ваnk, Веlіzе Dіѕtrісt аrоund 2:00 р.m. tоdау. Не hаѕ bееn іdеntіfіеd аѕ Ulуѕеаѕе Rоса Terry. Terry wаѕ knоwn аѕ а fаѕhіоn dеѕіgnеr. Іnfоrmаtіоn tо our news desk іѕ thаt іn thе wееkѕ bеfоrе hіѕ dеmіѕе hе hаd bееn dеtаіnеd bу роlісе оn multірlе оссаѕѕіоnѕ. Wе аrе аlѕо іnfоrmеd thаt hіѕ fаmіlу іѕ сlаіmіng hе wаѕ bеаtеn whіlе іn роlісе сuѕtоdу. Тhе rеаѕоn fоr hіѕ dеtеntіоn іѕ сurrеntlу unсlеаr, hоwеvеr, wе undеrѕtаnd hе hаd bееn dеtаіnеd twісе, оnсе thrее wееkѕ аgо аnd аgаіn twо wееkѕ аgо.

San Pedro Lions Club, Belize gives back to the community
The San Pedro Lions Club is giving back to the community with several essential items. According to the club, they cited: "Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead." Mother Teresa Additionally, the club stated: "Although we don't have much, we care and love our community."

TROPIC AIR CARGO FLIGHTS FOR SOUTHERN BELIZE
Tropic Air will be resuming cargo service to Southern Belize. We will now have a weekly roundtrip cargo flight every Wednesday from Belize City Municipal to Dangriga, Placencia and Punta Gorda. Flights start this Wednesday April 22nd. FLIGHT TIMES: Leaves Belize City Municipal at 1:30pm. Leaves Dangriga at 1:50pm. Leaves Placencia at 2:10pm. and Leaves Punta Gorda at 2:30pm. Please have cargo at our stations at least an hour before the flight's departure.Dangriga, Placencia and Punta Gorda Cargo stations will open from 10am to 4pm every Wednesdays to facilitate cargo pick up and drop off.

Vote for Victoria House – Reader’s Choice Awards
We’re excited to share that Victoria House Resort & Spa has been nominated for the 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards! We sincerely appreciate you choosing Victoria House for your stay in Belize, and we would be grateful if you can submit a vote on our behalf. How to Vote for Victoria House! To submit, simply click on the “Vote Now” button to visit the Condé Nast Traveler website.

Breaking Belize NewsPJ

Early morning traffic accident on Stann Creek Valley Road
Reports reaching our newsroom are that there was a road traffic accident early this morning […]

Basketball (NEBL) and football (PLB) leagues cancel ongoing seasons
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on sporting leagues around the world, and Belize’s […]

Sixth consecutive day with no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Belize
Sixth consecutive day with no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Belize Today makes the sixth consecutive day that […]

Man found dead in Willows Bank home
A man was found dead in his home in Willows Bank, Belize District around 2:00 […]

Reflections-Positive lessons in Belize from the COVID-19 pandemic
As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries, including Belize took drastic lock […]

Director of Health Services clarifies report of recovered San Pedro patients
Earlier today Channel 7 News reported that two persons that tested positive for COVID-19 have […]

Catholic Church announces funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Emeritus Dorrick Wright
Last week, Belize learned of the passing of Roman Catholic Bishop Dorrick Wright, today the […]

Almost total shutdown in effect today
Belizeans are reminded that today marks the second Sunday under the Statutory Instrument 54 of […]

Blogs

Belize Big Day 2020 – A Backyard Challenge!
Belize is the perfect introduction to tropical birding. This time of year, pleasant weather and bright blooms combine for Spring migration of birds back to North America. And while Belize hosts numerous hotspots to see your pick of hummingbirds, raptors, and shorebirds, don’t miss how great urban birding can be. During stay at home orders, get familiar with your ‘yard birds’ and participate in Belize’s Big Day 2020. If you have a backyard, a balcony, or even a bird feeder, local birders are challenging you to participate in a Belize Big Day tomorrow, April 19th.

10 Virtual Tours for a Belize Adventure at Home
Staying at home remains the best way to flatten the curve, which yes, includes postponing any travel plans for the near future. So while your dreams of a Belize vacation may be on the horizon, you can continue to social distance thousands of kilometers away with YouTube! Turn your home into a tropical paradise by going on a virtual tour of Belize with these top 10 adventures.

Belize & Other Caribbean Countries Report No New COVID-19 Cases
Every day, numbers of the coronavirus cases increase around the world. Thankfully, so does the numbers of recoveries. And while Belize continues in its quarantine order under a National State of Emergency, we are not alone. Response efforts in the region is showing a promising response to #flattenthecurve of COVID19 in the Caribbean. The response efforts continue with increased testing, self-isolating, and personal hygiene despite ever-changing circumstances. Now, Belize stands at 18 total coronavirus cases, but how does that compare to the Caribbean?

Guest Blog! The quarantine experience in Placencia, Belize.....Thank you Randy!
We have our teams a bit split up right now, with staff at both PUR Boutique Cabanas on Ambergris Caye, and in Placencia at Caribbean Beach Cabanas. I have posted a couple times about the unique island experience. The experience in both these places, since the first positive case was found in the country of Belize, on March 23rd, has been quite different. Placencia has always been considered a somewhat remote fishing village. There is only one road in and out of the 16 mile (skinny) peninsula. Although it is not an island, of course, like Ambergris Caye, Placencia has the unique ability to control somewhat - the traffic coming in and out of the village. Placencia, although well-known to Belize visitors, is still considered a place that is off the beaten path. Placencia is never crowded, even during high season. There are somewhere around 1,000 full-time residents in the village of Placencia, at the most southern tip of the Placencia peninsula.

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LATEST #COVID19 STATISTICS IN THE STATE OF QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
As of Sunday, April 19th Covid-19 Cases:- 517 Negative, 323 Positive, 32 Deaths, 74 Recovered, 179 Under Investigation. As of 12 p.m. on April 19, 517 negative cases have been reported, 179 under study, 323 positive, 32 deaths and 74 people recovered to COVID-19.

Videos

  • Sunday April 19, 2020 Service at St. Francis Xavier Parish, min.

  • Divine Mercy Mass in San Pedro Sunday April 19, 2020, min.

  • Sunday School by the Belize Electricity, 19min.

  • Interview with Ms. Jessica Marin, founder of the Caye Caulker Baby Pantry, 23min.

  • Saturday in Corozal, 5.5min. On Saturday, April 18TH, 2020 it was a beautiful day while taking videos of the Bay of Corozal. The sea was rough, and the waves were crashing on the seawall in certain areas and it splashed across the sea wall. I hope you enjoy your day in Corozal.

  • San Pedro Sunday morning, 1/2min. You actually hear the wave crushing on the reef and the wind... a little before 10am on this Sunday morning

  • Fry Jack Cooking Video, 15min. BFREE Belize had an online stream about making fry jacks. Nelly Cadle was the chef. Looks like they came out delicious.

  • The Pesticides Control Board, Belize has a short video for their Grow Safe campaign, 1min. From the seed that we sow to the food that we eat, our motto here in Belize is that we are what we eat. So if you please Mr. Farmer grow our food safe. Good Agriculture Practice should be our aim. Protecting health and environment will benefit one and all. Protect yourself, protect others and observe the protocols. Safe food dah fi alawi. GROW SAFE-Belize!

  • Belize Snorkeling 2019, 3.5min.

  • Biking Around Ambergris Caye, Belize, 9min. Our accommodation, the Ambergris Sunset Hotel, has offered free bikes during our stay, which we took full advantage of. We biked around most of San Pedro and the rest of Ambergris Caye, exploring it's mangrove swamps and hidden and no to hidden gems, like Secret Beach.

  • Natural Beauty of Belize, 2min.

  • Belize 2019, 9min.

  • Scuba Placencia Belize abril 2019, 4min. Mergulho em Pacencia, Belize em abril de 2019. Calangos D'água pelo mundo

  • Belize - Caye Caulker, 2min. GO SLOW ! La devise de cette île paradisiaque. Une des plus belles îles du Belize. En deux parties, séparés par "le split" depuis des intempéries survenus en 1961. Pas de véhicules motorisées, ici, on se déplace en voiturettes de golf, vélos ou à pied sur l'unique route en terre blanche qui traverse l’île de part en part. Entre les façades colorées, palmiers et eaux turquoises, de quoi passer un bon moment de détente ! Les passionnés de plongée y trouveront aussi leur bonheur !

  • Whale Shark, 1/2min. The largest fish in the world is the graceful, harmless whale shark. Though they reach the size of a school bus, whale sharks eat tiny plankton and fish eggs, which they filter feed as they swim slowly along with their giant mouths wide open. They are one of only three species of filter feeding sharks.

  • Message from Mrs. Mirtha Peralta, President, St. John's College, 5min.