In a statement released on June 5, 2020, the Ministry of Health confirms Belize’s 19th case of COVID-19. This new case comes approximately 53 days after the last four cases were reported on April 13, 2020.
Belize’s 19th case is a 27-year old male who arrived on Saturday, May 23. His returning cruise ship was a part of the established repatriation process for Belizeans. The patient is asymptomatic COVID-19 and was detected during his isolation. He remains in a strict and mandatory controlled quarantine; this is a requirement for any incoming Belizean citizen before their release. The Government of Belize has these measures in place to control the spread in Belize.
The contact tracing for this individual has started, including the due process of informing the cruise ship and relevant counterparts. The Ministry of Health continues with its enhanced surveillance across the country and urges all to continue to exercise the necessary prevention measures.