Belize Prime Minister tests positive for COVID-19

Prime Minister of Belize, John Briceno, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Prime Minister of Belize John Briceno

In a statement late Monday, the Office of the Prime Minister said that the newly appointed Briceno was recently swabbed for the virus.

“Prime Minister Briceno will remain in isolation for the next two weeks after which he will be re-tested,” the statement said.

Earlier this month, Briceno led the People’s United Party to victory in the general election.

Following news of the Prime Minister’s diagnosis, the Office of the Prime Minister issued a reminder urging the public to continue to wear masks, practice social distancing, and to follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.