12 new COVID-19 cases recorded

—42 tests conducted in last 24hrs

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Ministry of Public Health has reported twelve new cases of COVID-19 after forty-two tests were conducted within the last 24 hours. This takes the total number of confirmed cases to 183.

In Thursday’s COIVD-19 update Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud disclosed that all the new cases originated in Region One which indicates a 100 percent increase in their number of positive cases.

Of the 183 cases Guyana has recorded 12 deaths and 102 recoveries.

To date, 2,048 persons have been tested for COVID-19 with 1,865 of those yielding negative results.

There are currently 69 active cases in isolation at various facilities across Guyana and 24 persons in institutional quarantine.

Dr. Persaud noted that an analysis of the positive cases thus far has shown the 52 percent of men are affected as opposed to 48 percent of women.

“The age groups with the most cases are the 20-29, 30-39 and 40-49; in essence we are talking about the adults. Of that groups the 20-29 has the highest number,” the CMO explained.

In regional breakdown her revealed that, “Region 4 has 56 percent of the cases, followed by Region 7 with 16 percent and Region 1 with 13 percent.”

These three regions make up 85 percent of all the COVID-19 cases. The other five regions have 15 percent of the cases.

He reminded persons to continue practising social distancing in the workplace, public spaces, and while using public transportation to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease. They are also reminded to practise frequent hand washing/sanitising and always wear a face mask if they have to go out.

As of June 17, 2020, the WHO has reported that globally the confirmed cases stand at 8,061,550 with 440,290 deaths. While in the Regions of the Americas, positive cases have reached 3,899,859 with a total of 205,555 deaths.

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