Everyday, new cases of the novel coronavirus are being reported daily from around the world; the first cases began emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December. More than 406,000 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, while seven million infections have been confirmed in at least 188 countries and territories. More than 3.2 million people have recovered to date. However, Belize ranks as one of the 20 countries in the world for lowest cases of COVID-19.
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 Belizean. The 19th patient is asymptomatic for COVID-19 and was detected whilst in isolation; routine for all incoming citizens. He remains in a strict and mandatory controlled quarantine; this is the requirement for any incoming Belizean citizen before their release, and part of the Belize Governments way of controlling the spread in Belize.