Belize: The First Country in the Americas that is COVID-19 Free
Belize was luckily the last country in the Americas to report its first coronavirus case on March 23, 2020. What is even more impressive is that Belize is also the first country in the Americas to report no active cases of COVID-19.
On May 5th, thе Dіrесtоr оf Неаlth Ѕеrvісеѕ in Belize announced thаt thе lаѕt 2 confirmed cases of СОVІD-19 fully rесоvеrеd.
While Belize was saved from the same level of devastation seen around the world, the country still saw a total of 18 confirmed cases. That being said, Belize was very diligent in the testing of COVID-19 as it registered 1128 completed tests since the first reported case.
There are a few key factors in why Belize was so successful in managing the pandemic;
- Low Population Density
- Proactive Over Reactive Approach
- Quick Response When Virus Arrived
Belize was very quick to act when faced with the pandemic. The country’s proactive approach helped mitigate the severity and prolong the virus’s entry.
The quick response and proactive actions first came with the prompt sealing of the country’s borders and the imposition of immediate quarantine measures.
As of today, the country has begun to ease restrictions allowing businesses to open. Despite having zero active cases, Belize has not lost sight on the risk that Coronavirus imposes. Belize plans to continue its preventative measures and be proactive.
Belize has been very fortunate through the pandemic, as neighboring countries like Guatemala and Mexico continue to report new cases. Looking to the future, Belize is poised to rebound strongly once travel is allowed, ultimately leading to further growth and opportunities for investors.