1 new COVID-19 case; 1 more recovery

– 785 persons tested

– 49 active cases isolated

DPI, Guyana, Friday, May 8, 2020

Guyana has recorded one additional case of COVID-19, a virus which since March 11, has been confirmed to have infected 94 Guyanese locally.

Of these 94 cases, Guyana has recorded 10 deaths and 35 recoveries. One recovery was recorded just today.

This was disclosed by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Shamdeo Persaud today.

So far, a total of 785 persons have been tested with 692 of those tested returning negative.

Three persons are now in institutional quarantine while the 49 others remain in isolation at various facilities across Guyana. Three persons are housed in the COVID-19 ICU at GPHC.

On the East Coast of Demerara, positive cases were reported in Atlantic Gardens, Friendship, Golden Grove, Good Hope, Lusignan, Plaisance, Strathsphey.

While on the East Bank of Demerara positive cases have been reported in Diamond, Grove, Land of Canaan, Providence and Timehri.

Dr. Shamdeo Persaud warned of persons who may be asymptomatic, meaning those persons who may have the virus but not be showing any symptoms.

“From information provided globally, many healthy younger persons infected with COVID-19 do not display the usual symptoms. These persons can continue to transmit the virus to other vulnerable persons in our society by not practicing control measures such as hand hygiene, physical distancing and the using of masks,” he said.

Globally, there are 3,672, 238 confirmed cases with 254,045 deaths. In the Region of the Americas the number of confirmed cases has increased by 35,678 to 1,542,829 confirmed cases with the number of deaths increasing by 3,634 to 84,804 in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry of Public Health is again calling on all citizens to heed the health advisories and observe the correct hygiene measures and precautions. Citizens are also asked to always   practice social   distancing in   the   workplace, public spaces, and while using public transportation so as reduce the spread of the coronavirus diseases.

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