Ministry health

Department of Health and Welfare Increases Oversight Related to Omicron; flight bans not on the table


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Posted: Thursday, December 2, 2021. 5:48 p.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Department of Health and Welfare said in a statement that the government is currently not considering any flight bans to and from Africa or elsewhere linked to the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus (COVID -19).

“At the moment there are no direct flights to Belize from any country in southern Africa, and many larger countries have already put in place public health measures that include flight bans. in about seven southern African countries, ”he said in explanation.

The ministry team in collaboration with the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group and the COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group are closely monitoring the situation. The health ministry has alerted its district health teams and advised increased surveillance of potentially worrying cases (none have been reported so far). In addition, the ministry is in communication with Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that the Central Medical Laboratory is equipped with the agents necessary to identify the variant.

The new variant has many mutations, which can make it more transmissible, especially among the unvaccinated population, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that this variant has a very high risk of spreading globally.

The MOHW reminds the public to get an emergency vaccine if they haven’t already. For those eligible, the booster dose is available. The ministry reiterates the importance of complying with public health measures, which include the appropriate wearing of a fitted face mask covering both nose and mouth, maintaining physical distance, avoiding crowds as far as possible and washing and disinfecting hands regularly.

The ministry will continue to monitor and provide updates to the public as more information becomes available.

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