Belize To Introduce Temporary Travel Ban on India and Bangladesh

by Carolee Chanona

On May 13, the Government of Belize announced that Cabinet will institute a temporary travel ban on persons who have travelled to or originated from or have transited the Republic of India and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. This temporary ban is due to the rising numbers of persons in these countries infected with the COVID-19 virus; the CDC has also issued a recommendation to ban travel, as a result of the dramatic increase in COVID cases in India.

The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Hon. John Briceño, met in regular session on May 11, 2021.

According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 4,000 people have died in India from COVID-19-related complications in the past 24 hours. In total, the country has reported more than 23 million confirmed COVID-19 cases which is larger than the entire state population in Florida.

India’s Current State of Emergency as COVID-19 Ravages The Republic

India is experiencing the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak. The country has had more than 23.7 million cases since the pandemic began last year. But experts fear the the real number could be up to 30 times higherGrieving families are struggling to keep themselves and their loved ones safe amid an overwhelmed health care system, and medical workers are stretched thin as some hospitals run out of oxygen and supplies.

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