Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2022. 1:39 p.m. CST.
By Aaron Humes: Belize has recorded more than 56,000 cases of COVID-19 since March 23, 2020, of which 645 died on Monday and 95% have recovered.
Nearly 500,000 people, Belizeans and visitors, have been tested – some more than once – for the virus, and hundreds have been hospitalized.
But according to figures from the Department of Health and Welfare, the death rate has been steadily reduced since the start of the pandemic despite individual spikes and a steady rise in cases.
The first “wave” of the pandemic is considered to last from March 23 to August 31, 2020, during which approximately a few hundred cases were reported and a handful of deaths.
The deadliest of four COVID ‘waves’ so far was the second, which lasted from September 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021. 11,000 cases and 290 deaths were reported for a fatality rate of 2.63% .
There was a lull between February 1 and August 31, 2021 which still saw reported cases but few or no deaths. This coincided with the arrival of vaccines in the country in March.
The third wave or “Delta” is considered to have started on September 1, 2021 and ended on December 31, overlapping with the start of the fourth wave or “Omicron”. In the third wave, some 16,300 cases and 240 deaths were reported, with a fatality rate of 1.47%.
While the current wave had more cases than any other at 23,200 through February 18, only 39 people had died for a fatality rate of 0.17%.
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