Cancun, Q.R. — Governor Carlos Joaquín has addressed the state with an update confirming a total of four positive cases of coronavirus in Quintana Roo. The four cases were part of the state’s 43 suspected cases of which 21 came back negative, while 18 remain unknown. He says laboratory tests are still out on those 18 cases.
In his address, he explained “In Quintana Roo, we are still in Phase 1 of the care models established by the World Health Organization, which is called viral import. This means that the virus cases we are detecting were caught out of state, while people were in one of the countries that were having outbreaks at the time.
“This scenario still allows us to continue carrying out public activities, but with important prevention recommendations,” he added.
We are strengthening epidemiological surveillance in ports, airports, bus terminals, and border bridges in Belize with more personnel from the international health area, who are reviewing those who arrive in the entity.
Also, we are making sure that at these entry points there are the essential cleaning and hygiene material so that all passengers can use them. We have already installed infrared thermal cameras for the detection of people who could enter the state with symptoms of some respiratory disease.
Although there are criticisms of this measure, which according to the World Health Organization has a reduced percentage of effectiveness, I have considered its use as one more measure to increase supervisory capacity. We will not skimp on technological and human resources for the protection of health.
We are also applying questionnaires to each of the passengers and visitors about their health status in order to have strategic information about the conditions that each one has and then be able to make decisions regarding their entry.
I want to comment that the secretaries of health and tourism will continue to update the information continuously and permanently.