2 New COVID-19 cases

– Guyana records 33 COVID-19 cases

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Guyana now stands at 33.

While the number of coronavirus deaths locally stands at 5 with the most recent death occurring on April 6, 2020.

This was disclosed by Public Health Minister Hon. Volda Lawrence in her update to the nation today.

As of April 7, 2020, a total of 132 persons have been tested. Of this amount 33 tested positive, inclusive of the five deaths. Another 99 of those tested returned negative results.

There are 38 patients housed in the Ministry of Public Health’s institutional quarantine facilities.  The regional breakdown is as follows: Region 2 – 2; Region 3 – 10; Region 4 – 22; Region 6 – 3; Region 8 – 1.

With reference to the patients in institutional isolation, the number is 24. These patients are distributed regionally as follows: Region 1- 1; Region 3-4; Region 4- 17; Region 5- 1; Region 7- 1.

Four persons are now in the COVID-19 ICU with 1 critical patient.

The Public Health Ministry continues to offer psychosocial support for those in need of these services.

The Global statistics as of April 6, 2020, stand at 1,210,956 confirmed cases with the number of deaths at 67,594 while in the Region of the Americas, the total number of confirmed cases is 352, 592 with the number of deaths at 9,680.

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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