7 more recoveries; no new cases.

– 736 persons tested

– 49 in isolation

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, May 7, 2020

Seven more persons have recovered from COVID-19 which, since March 11, has been confirmed to have infected 93 Guyanese locally.

Of these 93 cases, 49 are active cases with Guyana having recorded 10 deaths and 34 recoveries. The most recent death occurred on May 5.

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

So far, a total of 736 persons have been tested with 643 of those tested returning negative.

Six persons are 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.

Although Guyana has gone two days without any new confirmed infections, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud warned of persons who may be asymptomatic, meaning 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, according to WHO’s report dated 6 May, 2020 there are 3,588, 773 confirmed cases with 247, 503 deaths. In the Region of the Americas there are 1,507, 148 confirmed cases with 81, 070 deaths, an increase of 1,480 deaths 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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