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Mainland residents evacuated from the island

Posted By: Marty

Mainland residents evacuated from the island - 04/06/20 10:36 AM

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Mainland residents previously screened leave Ambergris Caye. Others still waiting to get off the island

On April 4th a group of about 60 persons was able to leave the island via five separate boats, and an additional nine on Sunday, April 5th. According to a source with the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Ambergris Caye, the groups that managed to leave were not part of the scheduled run that was postponed. Those allowed to leave had previously been identified, screened, and their departure cleared by MOH.

According to information provided to The San Pedro Sun, one boat left for Corozal Town, another with people to Orange Walk District, while the other three vessels headed to Belize City. This group of persons were allegedly assisted by the islandís police formation, who worked along with the local Health Department and were cleared for departure by MOH. The other set of people who left on Sunday were also part of this initial group, which according to Dr. Javier Canul at the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II, had been screened and cleared to leave the island by island health authorities.

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Posted By: Marty

Re: Mainland residents evacuated from the island - 04/10/20 11:14 AM

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69 more mainland residents evacuated from the island

Early on Thursday, April 9th, 69 mainland residents were evacuated from Ambergris Caye, after being screened and cleared to return to their communities of origin. The return of people to the mainland was coordinated between members of 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 because of the abrupt halt in the tourism industry, triggered by the pandemic COVID-19.

As early as 5:30AM, people began arriving to the municipal dock by the Central Park to get in the chartered vessel. As people waited in front of the dock, Dr. Canul began calling names from a list. Once a personís name was corroborated via an identification document, he or she was handed out a letter declaring that they had been properly screened and allowed to travel. According to organizers, from the 101 persons approved to leave, only 69 showed up. Each one of these individuals had been interviewed and medical checks were conducted and therefore cleared to return to their mainland homes. The boat left en route to Belize City; among the passengers were police officers and MOH staff. A list of their names has been sent to the police in their respective areas of origin to make sure they quarantine themselves for 14 days.

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