10 recoveries; COVID-19 cases rise by 2

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, May 21, 2020

Ten more patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) taking the total to 57 recoveries so far.

This was disclosed by the Director of Primary Health Care Services, Dr. Ertenisa Hamilton, in the daily COVID-19 Update.

The total confirmed infections have risen by two and stand at 127. Of the total, 60 are active with Guyana having recorded 10 deaths.

More persons have been tested, with dozens more tests being conducted within the last 24 hours. A total of 1,329 tests have now been conducted with 1202 negative results.

There are 60 active cases in isolation at various facilities across Guyana while 3 critical patients remain in the COVID-19 ICU at the GPHC.

The virus that has now spread to seven of the ten Administrative Regions of Guyana with Central Georgetown continuing to be the epicenter of the virus.

Dr. Hamilton warned that despite the measures implemented the numbers continue to rise because persons are refusing to adhere to the safety guidelines.

The Public Health Ministry is reminding that there are necessary steps that must be adhered to by everyone. These include staying at home and only going out for essential services; maintaining physical distancing in public spaces; washing/sanitising hands before eating, touching your face and before engaging in activities with others and reaching out for medical attention when unwell or coming into contact with a positive case

Globally the total number of cases is 4,789,205 with 318,789 deaths. In the Region of the Americas the total number of cases is 2,105,670 with 125,843 deaths.

 

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