The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wallop Belize, with the Central American country recording the first deaths of frontline workers over the weekend.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness, in a statement on Sunday (December 13), confirmed that twin doctors Kenneth and Kevin Guerra died from coronavirus-related complications hours apart.
According to the ministry, Dr Kevin Guerra died on Saturday, December 12, while his brother Dr Kenneth Guerra later passed on Sunday morning.
Dr Kevin Guerra worked at the Independence Polyclinic in the Stann Creek District under the Ministry of Health and Wellness for five years.
His twin brother Kenneth worked at the San Ignacio Community Hospital in the Cayo District under the ministry for three years.
“Unfortunately, Drs. Kevin and Kenneth Guerra are Belize’s first healthcare workers to have lost their lives to complications due to COVID-19. The Guerra brothers were beloved husbands, fathers, sons, friends, and medical colleagues. They were appreciated and admired by their patients and colleagues and will be greatly missed by the communities they served,” the ministry indicated.
Health Minister Michel Chabat delivered his condolences to the Guerra family, with the ministry declaring both brothers served their patients and country well.
In the last 24 hours, Belize confirmed 208 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national tally to 9,173. As the caseload continues to skyrocket, the CARICOM member state is finding increasingly to manage the 4,702 active infections, as Belize recorded 192 deaths to date.
Some 4,279 patients have recovered from the deadly disease, while the ministry renews its call for former infected Belizeans to donate blood in the national coronavirus effort.