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Belize ready to begin repatriation of citizens stranded outside

he COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in citizens of various countries being left stranded outside their national borders; some are stranded on cruise ships that have been at sea for months and are unable to dock due to the pandemic.

There are many Belizeans who have been left stranded after the Government of Belize declared a National State of Emergency and proceeded to close the borders at the end of March, in effect locking out Belizean citizens in the wake of measures to prevent the importation of the novel coronavirus into the country.

Now that all the persons who had contracted the virus have tested negative, and there has been no new case of the virus reported by the Ministry of Health for 31 days and counting, the Government is now making plans to repatriate Belizeans who were locked out of the county.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow made the announcement today during a virtual press conference, in which he also announced the easing of some of the State of Emergency restrictions.

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