Christmas Gatherings Contribute to Rise in Covid-19 Cases

Christmas Gatherings Contribute to Rise in Covid-19 Cases

The Ministry of Health and Wellness reports that two hundred twenty-eight new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed. This data was recorded from December 28, 2022, to January 3, 2023.  There are currently two persons hospitalized. The ministry has been closely monitoring the rising number of cases as last month saw the highest number since September.  President of the Nurses Association of Belize, Renita Pop, told Love News today that mass gatherings, such as the ones that transpired over the course of the Christmas holiday, play a significant role in the increased numbers.

Renita Pop, President, Nurses’ Association of Belize: “The gathering would contribute to the spreading of the infection of course so as nurses we continue to advise the public to sanitize their hands, wash your hands, wear your face mask especially now that cases are increasing. So far we are not seeing significant cases that require hospitalization which is good and there’s also the vaccine program so for those who have not received their vaccine they can go to the health care facilities to receive the vaccines. I don’t think I will be okay that the fear has gone away completely because COVID does affect patients or people with chronic illnesses and we have some of our staff who suffer from chronic conditions and so not only fear from the population but fear from some of the staff as well.”

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