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Over the last three days the prison has seen a sudden and unusual high number of its staff members anti inmates being tested positive 14 what is believed to he the Covid- 19 Omicron Variant Virus and as such the Prison Administration has taken the decision to put the prison on FULL LOCUIOWN for fourteen (14) days with Immediate effect!

The Public is hereby advised that during the lockdown absolutely no visits, cash deposits for inmates, nor business transactions with customers of the prison will be conducted, Attorneys are encouraged not to visit their clients during this period, however any such visit facilitated by the Courts will he coordinated between the prison and the Judiciary virtually.

The purpose of the full lockdown is to prevent more importation of the virus into the prison, promote the healing of those initiates currently infected, and mitigate the spread by others who may also he asymptomatic.

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to your full support and cooperation as we strive arduously to combat this dreaded virus.

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Jail Couldn't Contain COVID Outbreak, Forces 14 Day Lockdown

It's already jail, but tonight - owing to a COVID outbreak - the Belize Central Prison has gone a level deeper than regular confinement - and is back under a what is being called a "full lockdown for 14 days."

That's after an outbreak of what is believed to be the OMICRON variant of COVID-19 among what a press release from the institution today called: "An unusually high number of both inmates and staff."

And if you're an attorney or the family member of an inmate it may feel like Deja Vu all over again from the last prison lockdown in November of 2020. Cherisse Halsall spoke to the Prison CEO to ask him what prompted the drastic measure:

Cherisse Halsall
"Mr. Murillo the prison has made news today because it is under full lock down. Tell me what prompted you to take such a drastic step?"


Virgilio Murillo - Director, Belize Central Prison
"Like I said in the press release, over the last 3 days we have seen an unusually high number of COVID-19 cases and remember push is try to mitigate the spreading now, once you have it in the prison. We believe that the first case was brought in by a prisoner who was sent out to court and that is one of the risk we run having prisoners going to court and public places because they go and mingle and may have made contact with someone who was infected but by all indication, it would seem based on the consultation of the prison's medical doctor and the ministry of health based on the symptoms these inmates are displaying and the staff are displaying, it would be the omicron variant."

Cherisse Halsall
"So now sir much like during the last prison lock down, there are certain measures the visiting public has to be made aware of certain things they cannot do now under these new circumstances, what are some of those?"


Virgilio Murillo
"Absolutely in the press release, I put they are not to come in person to visit their loved one, they are not to come and make deposits for them, we're even attorneys who may have their clients here and want to get them out on bail, not to visit their clients at this because even thought it is behind a glass, they still run the risk of getting infected if the client would happen to have the virus and we would not know because remember, some of these cases are asymptomatic, these particular ones and this is why we quickly put the prison under lock down is because almost all of them are symptomatic, they guys are explaining that they have runny nose and a little soar throat and all of those symptoms that is reflective of the omicron virus that we know about, so that is why we decided to take this action swiftly. In prison, it is hard because it's a congregated lot, it is harder to prevent the spread in the prison, so the most proactive thing one can do, is really just seal off the building where a number of infections are discovered. At the end of the day, it's all about quarantining but that means you have to lock the area down where movements cannot take place from there, so the guys just have to weather the storm and wait out the period but the virus will not remain forever, it has a certain life span and that is why the science and experts tell you that it's typically 10 days before they recuperate. The word lock down it just means they are on full quarantine, no movements will be allowed, so they can't transmit the virus to other who may not have it as of now, so its really trying to contain the virus and make sure it doesn't leave the particular building where we discovered the infection thus far. Our staff who tested positive, they were immediately sent home and they should go to quarantine for the next 10 days which is the minimum number of days you quarantine people."

About 88% of the inmates are vaccinated.

Murillo added that no inmate is hospitalized and all infected persons are presenting minor symptoms.

Channel 7



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