Belize calls for calm: Announces first coronavirus case
The government of Belize has appealed for its citizens to remain calm as the country has recorded its first coronavirus case.
A statement from the Government of Belize Press Office says the patient is a 38-year-old woman, a Belizean national, who resides on the island of San Pedro.
The woman arrived in Belize on March 19 and sought medical attention at a private facility with symptoms on March 20.
Her recent travel history showed she travelled from Los Angeles, California and transited through Texas.
A sample that was taken from her for testing was confirmed at 10.45 pm on March 22.
The government says two health teams have been dispatched to San Pedro to continue with the mapping exercise for all potential contacts.
In addition, the government will now scale up restrictions and recommendations for residents and non-residents of the island of San Pedro to prevent community spread.
News of the confirmed COVID-19 case has resulted in panic on the island of San Pedro.
The Office of the Director of Health Services in Belize had to post a Facebook message appealing to citizens to let the Health Ministry complete its investigation.
It stated: “The situation of people rushing to board water ferries and the airplanes attempting to leave the island places us at a higher risk. Social distancing is needed more than ever.”