One event on San Pedro that is being closely looked at is the Grand Caribe Fishing Deep sea Classic Tournament that happened on the 18th and 19th of July.
This is now being called a super spreader event:
Dr. Marvin Manzanero, DHS
"We also think that the person in San Pedro that we identified on Sunday is not the index case. There is an indication that her family members actually fell ill before she became ill, so they probably were the initial index cases if you will or the initial index case and she was the last person in that immediate family to have fallen ill and she was the one we picked up. If that is the case, we are going to have to go back to retrace the steps to when this person, her partner became ill and go the 14 days before. In the event that we are following there is I think a couple of weddings that may have been involved, we do not know the amount of people in there and we are going to follow eventually if the partner of the person in San Pedro is positive today. The fishing tournament on August 18th and 19th sorry July 19th and 19th which is 3 weeks away, was 3 weeks before, so we would anticipate that the secondary contacts of whoever may have been exposed there would just, if they are going to develop signs and symptoms would have been just about the middle of this week unto early next week. If we are able to identify that then I think that we are going to have to classify that as a potential super spreader event that is the term we are going to use because one person that is how you can spread things across a country, across all geographic locations. Similar with the wedding situations we are just starting to get all that information. If people are coming from all across the country then those can be super spreading events if you will."
Fishing Tournament Attendees Stay Put And Monitor For Symptoms
So, what should you do if you attended this event, or if someone in your family did. The PM says stay put, and wait to see if symptoms appear:
Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow, Prime Minister
"The possibility of infections of the virus having been transmitted at that event to people from Belize City and from elsewhere in the country is an extremely serious one. You heard what Dr. Manza said - the numbers there are such that you can't realistically do the regular mapping and tracking and tracing exercise, so he will have to put out a call to say to those who were at that event if you begin to see any kind of symptoms the ministry will put out the number that you can call and of course ministry personnel will go to your home to do the testing."
No Mexicans At Fishing Tournament
As far as the Commissioner of Police is concerned there were no Mexican's in attendance. That's the info he got from Commanding officer Chris Noble. He told us how that conversation went earlier today.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police
"You know we have heard all sorts of allegations and the easiest thing to do is to make allegations but when we have allegations that is not substantiated with evidence then there is little we can do. I have heard the allegations myself and I personally contacted the officer in charge of San Pedro, Mr. Noble and I asked him the question and Mr. Noble assured me that there were no Mexicans at the tournament. As a matter of fact, he said on the day in question that they did get information that Mexicans were in the tournament and he personally went to check the individuals who they were saying were Mexicans and they were Belizeans so as to where this information is coming from, I don't know. I can also tell you that the coast guard were out at sea ensuring that there was no breach of the border water ways between Xcalak and San Pedro, so if it is that Mexicans were there, I can't say but going by what I have been briefed from Mr. Noble and from what I have heard from the coast guard I don't see how Mexican could be there but if anyone has any evidences to show that Mexican were there please for Christ sake bring it forward and stop making speculations or accusations without proof."